San Vittore, De Angeli and Conciliazione

Time needed: 1 afternoon

What to see

Even though this area of Milan is home to some of the most important museums and works of art (namely: the Cenacolo Vinciano) in town, it is not very well known. Even locals tend to forget how nice this part of town is, which is a pity! Actually, it is a very elegant neighbourhood that still preserves its authenticity.

This neighbourhood is mainly known for the Cenacolo Vinciano by Leonardo da Vinci preserved inside the dining hall of Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery. If you want to visit it, you have to book well in advance. Nevertheless, the guided tour that you will get here is well worth a little bit of extra effort and the price of the ticket.

A guide about the most efficient way to buy the ticket for Cenacolo Vinciano is coming soon!

In the same area, there is another very interesting museum called Museo Martinitt Stelline. It is little know, but it is really worth to take a visit here for the interactive installations you will find inside the museum and the history that it tells. The building used to be an orphanage for girls (called stelline) and boys (called martinitt) where the poorest children were grown up and educated; by visiting this museum you will learn how life used to be in the 19th century in Milan and the history of the philanthropic institution that also catered old people in a different location, the Pio Albergo Trivulzio. The museum is free!

Il cortile ottagonale di Casa Rossi
The courtyard of casa Rossi located in Corso Magenta 12, Milano

Even if you are not interested in museums or art, this is one of the nicest places to have a walk in Milano. Start from Via Monti, then head to Corso Magenta and via Vercelli and see the majestic facades of the many historical buildings located here. Behind Corso Magenta there are three charming streets worth visiting: via Mellerio, via Marradi, via Panzacchi and Piazza Virgilio.

Another museum that we highly suggest to visit – especially if you have children with you – is Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia. The quality of the installations and the educators here is at the highest levels, which makes it one of the best science museums in Europe. Here you can find: the recreation of Leonardo da Vinci inventions, a life-size original submarine called Toti (look here to understand what I am talking about) and a hangar full of original trains from different epochs as well as helicopters and a training ship from the navy.

Heading south you will find De Angeli neighbourhood. This metro stop can be a good location for an Airbnb since the lively Via Ravizza and Via Marghera offer a lively scene in terms of food offer and a safety of the area: there are many restaurants and the prices for rooms here are lower than in the very centre.

Itinerario milanese dedicato agli archi-star contemporanei
City Life park and Isozaki’s skyscraper, Milano

If you are into contemporary architecture you can’t miss City Life. Here world-famous archi-stars such as Isozaki, Hadid and Libeskind worked at the brand new neighbourhood development.

Eat and drink

If you feel like having a beer you can try the cosy Old Fox Pub (where during happy hour the beer is offered at the meagre prize of 3€). Another place we usually hang out when we are looking for a yummy yet cheap snack is Piadinera C’era una Piada.

For more suggestions about where to eat and drink, head to the map at the beginning of the article.

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How to get here

The red line of the Metro is perfect to go to Cadorna or De Angeli stops. On the green line you can get off at Sant’Ambrogio or Sant’Agostino.

Come here if…

You love museums but you want to avoid the tourist crowd.

To explore the other neighbourhoods of Milan, click here.