Via Torino, Cinque Vie and S. Ambrogio
You will be surprised by how rich in history is the area that spans from Sant’Ambrogio to via Torino in Milan.
Time needed: more then one afternoon
What to see
Milano might not be known for its historical or archaeological sites but it has many of them, mostly unknown even to the locals. To find them you have to explore and walk a lot along the streets of the centre, often spying behind the portals of the monumental doors and gates in streets such as via Torino and Via Magenta, where every gate might hide an awe-inspiring “hidden treasure”. To find them you have to deep into the silence of 5vie neighbourhood and Sant’Ambrogio. Are you ready for this adventure?
Not far from here you can also visit the
Walk five minutes and you’ll reach Piazza Affari, the headquarter of the Italian stock market and also home to Cattelan’s controversial statue.
The so-called Cinque vie (or 5vie) is a very charming part of the neighbourhood characterized by its small streets and a bunch of elegant shops such as the quirky Funky Table and Wait and See. Start from via Santa Marta and get lost around here!
Via Bagnera is also not far from here. It is the narrowest street in Milano but it is well known mainly for a very gruesome reason. It was home to the first Italian serial killer, the so-called “Monster of Bagnera Lane” who can be described as sort of Italian Jack the Ripper (but his story sounds more similar to what happens in Crime and Punishment by Dostoevskij). Legend has it that the ghost of the killer Antonio Boggia still roams the streets close to Via Bagnera. So, be careful around here 😉
Eat and drink
Our favourite restaurant in the area is Zibo
Starting from April and for the whole summer, you have to pay at least a visit to Chiosco
Colonne di San Lorenzo is usually filled with students hanging out here at night. It is a square where you can hang out with friends having a beer sitting in the piazza. If it’s too cold to spend your time outside, just go to the nearby Ostello Bello: it is a hostel but it has a bar that is also open for the locals that come here to hang out, have aperitivo in the evening or brunch in the weekend.
Do you need to buy a book (and have a drink or coffee at the same time)? Go to Verso, a bookstore located just a few steps from Colonne di San Lorenzo.
Do you need to work with your computer, instead? The best place to do it in the area is the newly opened Walden, a quiet cafe located in a side street of
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How to get here
How to visit the area that spans from Sant’Ambrogo to via Torino in Milan? The perfect Metro stop to start an itinerary in the area is Sant’Ambrogio (green line) but you can also start in Duomo and walk till Sant’Ambrogio. Moreover, wherever you come from, there are many other public means of transport that can get you here. Check on Google Maps!
Come here if…
… you want to know more about the antique history of Milan, walk in some of the most charming streets of the centre or have a beer watching the sky.