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5 things to do in Milan during Design Week

5 things to do in Milan during Design Week

Are you in Milan during Design Week? Here are five things to do between events in Brera and Tortona.

April is fast approaching and for the city of Milano this means that the time of Salone del Mobile and Fuori Salone arrived. Although the majority of activities take place in the neighborhoods of Brera and Tortona, on every corner you can admire installations that combine design, technology and creativity.

If you find yourself in Milan during the International Furniture Fair here are five things to do between two events in Brera and Tortona.

1. Go see Frida Kahlo’s exhibition at Mudec

the Mudec (Museum of Cultures), is very renowned in Milan, thanks in particular to its always special and innovative exhibitions and its unique and extraordinary permanent collection. Since February 2018 it has housed the event of the season, a temporary exhibition dedicated to the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The course develops around the major themes that drive Frida’s work and is divided into four sections corresponding to “Donna”, “Terra”, “Politica” and “Dolore”.


2. Cross Biki

The Porta Genova iron bridge has not only always been a fundamental passage for those who, during the Fair or not, from Via Tortona had to cross it to reach the metro at Porta Genova, but thanks to its urban and authentic charm it was also the most popular place for models to publish photos in their portfolio. For some years, the Bridge of Artists is being restored, giving some respite to models, photographers and designers but in February 2017 Biki was inaugurated, a footbridge that crosses the platforms of the railway: lights, clean lines giving a feeling of continuity with the platforms and the materials industrialists who are the protagonists of this project entitled Bikiof the same name as the famous Milanese stylist who dressed women like Maria Callas.

3. Relax at the Darsena

Once you have crossed the Biki footbridge, it’s time to explore the Navigli area, one of the most picturesque areas of Milanin addition to being the beating heart of the movida from the city. Stroll along the Darsena, the historic port of Milan having regained its ancient splendor after long restructuring works completed on the occasion of Expo 2015: red bricks, a covered market, establishments overlooking the canals and people relaxing, running or drawing, bringing this place to life with a character as European as it is typically Milanese.

4. Stroll and shop in Brera

With cobbled streets, artisan shops and high fashion stores, the Brera district has a unique atmosphere. The students of the Brera Academy with their boards under their arms rush to return to class, giving the district its bohemian charm despite the pizzerias for tourists. Grab a coffee at Bar Jamaica, where artists and writers such as Ugo Mulas, Mario Dondero and Allen Ginsberg used to meet to share their ideas and go shopping in the extremely chic boutiques of the neighborhood.

5. Taste the Berberè pizza Via Vigevano

Between a walk and a visit to a showroom undoubtedly comes time to eat a bite. The new restaurant Berber, Via Vigevano, is undoubtedly the ideal place: the pizza is always a good idea, but that of Berberè is soft, fragrant, topped with the most succulent seasonal ingredients. Each pizza on the menu deserves to be tasted and at Berberè it is possible to taste them all thanks to the tasting formula: the pizzas of your choice will be brought to the table one by one, already cut and ready to be tasted by all the companions .

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