Acquatica Park, Via Gaetano Airaghi, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    Acquatica Park, an 8-minute drive from HAYLOFT APARTMENTS / B & B, is a water park inaugurated in 1991 and is located in Milan, in the Quinto Romano district and  extends for about 100,000 m2.
    The park is divided into different areas, with 14 attractions including 3 for children. The attractions are divided in a lazy river, lagoons, slides (open and uncovered), etc. There are also areas dedicated to soccer and beach volleyball.

  • MIND Milan Innovation District

    MIND Milano Innovation District, Via Cristina Belgioioso, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    The MIND, or MILAN INNOVATION DISTRICT is located in the former  AREA EXPO 2015, north west of Milan, about 10 minute drive from HAYLOFT APARTMENTS / B & B.
    MIND will become a new district of Milan, a real city within a city that looks to the future with a vision that combines the scientific, academic and environmental aspects.
    The site will include:
    2) a new scientific field of the STATE UNIVERSITY of MILAN
    3)  a HUMAN TECHNOPOLE, a new Italian research institute on life sciences
    4) a MASTERPLAN, ground floor of the entire site designed to be a place of meeting, exchange and interactions of the various inhabitants of the site, a space totally open to citizens. The permeable ground floors of the public courtyards overlooked by activities and meeting places , will help create a lively atmosphere throughout the pedestrian area, stimulating the crossing.
    5) a foundation, "FONDAZIONE TRIULZA", a laboratory and hub for social innovation and sustainable development.





    San Siro Stadium, Piazzale Angelo Moratti, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    The "SAN SIRO" STADIUM, which hosts the home matches of the two Milanese football teams, Milan and Inter, took its name  from the district where it stands in Milan, but this name was officially attributed to it from the year of its inauguration, in 1926 , until 3 March 1980 when it was entitled to  "GIUSEPPE MEAZZA" , a militant footballer in both Milanese sports teams who passed away the year before.

    Nicknamed "the Scala del Calcio" or "theTemple of Soccer", it is one of the most internationally known stadiums, as well as being the largest in Italy, being able to accommodate 75.923 spectators. In 2009 it was judged by the British newspaper ,The Times , as the second most beautiful stadium in the world and, according to an analysis conducted by the Chamber of Commerce and the University of Milan in 2014, the Meazza is one of the most identifying symbols of the city after "the  Duomo" and "the Triennale", an international cultural institution that produces art, design, architecture, fashion, cinema, communication and society exhibitions, conferences and events.

    The stadium is about a 10-minute drive from Hayloft Apartments B&B



  • "THE DUOMO" Milan Cathedral

    Duomo di Milano, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    MILAN CATHEDRAL , named "The DUOMO" is the cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy, dating back to the Gothic period . Dedicated to the Nativity of St Mary, whose golden statue stands out on the highest peak of one of its spiers,  is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete; construction began in 1386, and the final details were completed in 1965.

    It is a majestic building in white/pink marble of Candoglia, a village located in Ossola Valley , in north west part of Italy, with an extension of more than 157 mt length. Its stunning five-naves together with its other architectural features are even more highlighted in their beauty by the light that goes inside through superbly decorated stained glass windows

    The works for its construction started In 1386  under the Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti. During the construction period of about six centuries, several international architects worked at the Duomo of Milan, and it's considered the most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy.

  • MILAN "MALPENSA" International Airport

    Malpensa Airport, Ferno, VA, Italy .

    Milan Malpensa Airport is Milan metropolitan area largest International Airport in northern Italy. It serves around 17 million inhabitants in Lombardy, Piedmont, Liguria , as well as those living in the Swiss Canton of Ticino. The airport is located 49 kilometres  northwest[ of central Milan, next to the Ticino River, dividing Lombardy and Piedmont. The airport has two terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) and two runways as well as a dedicated cargo terminal.

    In 2019, Malpensa Airport handled about 29 million passengers and was the 20th busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers and the 2nd  one in Italy. Until 2008, Malpensa Airport was the  major hub for flag carrier Alitalia. It remains the 2nd busiest Italian airport for international passenger traffic ,after Rome Fiumicino Airport and the busiest for freight and cargo, handling over 500.000 tons of international freight annually.

    The first industrial airport was opened in 1909 near the Cascina Malpensa, an old farm, by Giovanni Agusta and Gianni Caproni to test their aircraft prototypes. This airport was then opened for civil operation in 1948 during the war reconstruction period in order to serve the northern area of Milan.


  • MILAN "LINATE" Airport

    Milano Linate (LIN), Viale Forlanini, Segrate, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    Milan Linate Airport  is the third international airport of Milan, Italy, behind MALPENSA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and ORIO AL SERIO-BERGAMO AIRPORT.  It is located 7 km east of Milan city center , and its name comes from the small village belonging to the municipality of Peschiera Borromeo town.

    The airport was built in the 1930s next to "IDROSCALO" of Milan, an artificial lake of 1,6 square kilometers wide inside the Milan urban area, when "Taliedo  Airport", one of the world's first aerodromes and airports, located 1 km from the southern border of Milan,  became too small for commercial traffic. Linate was completely rebuilt in the 1950s and again in the 1980s.

    Its official name is "ENRICO FORLANINI" Airport, and was dedicated to the Italian inventor and aeronautical pioneer born in Milan. 

    Since 2001, because of Linate Airport' s close proximity to the centre of Milan compared with Malpensa Airport, which is 49 km  northwest of the city centre – its capacity has been reduced by law from 32 slots per hour (technical capacity) down to 22 slots per hour (politically decided capacity) and only domestic or international flights within the EU have been allowed. 


    Orio al Serio Airport (BGY), Via Aeroporto, Orio al Serio, Province of Bergamo, Italy .

    Orio al Serio Airport[, branded as Milan Bergamo Airport, is the third busiest International Airport in Italy. It is located in the municipal territory of Orio al Serio, 3.7 km south-east of Bergamo. The airport is 45 km north-east of Milan and , together with Malpensa and Linate Airports, it plays an important part to welcoming Italian and foreign travelers above all through low cost flights .The airport served almost 14 million passengers in 2019.

    The airport has also been christened "Il Caravaggio" from the nickname of the  Italian baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi , also known  as "il Caravaggio" for having spent his childhood at Caravaggio, a village in Bergamo Province.

  • MILAN "CITY LIFE" Shopping District

    CityLife, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    Milan "CITYLIFE" Shopping District, 15 min. drive from HAYLOFT APARTMENTS/B&B, is located in the heart of the modern CityLife residential complex, north west of Milan near the "PORTELLO" or "EX-AREA FIERA of Milan" , and at the "3 TORRI" underground stop, LILAC METRO or LINE 5.

    The new CityLife Shopping District, inaugurated on November 30th 2017, is nestled among the futuristic 3 towers / buildings designed by three internationally renowned architects: ARATA ISOZAKY, ZAHA HADID, DANIEL LIBESKIND.

    Spread over 32,000 square meters, the CityLife shopping center is one of the largest urban districts dedicated to the universe of shopping in Italy and it's divided into three main areas connected by a pedestrian path.

    The district consists of a two-stories sales gallery (The Mall), a majestic central square (The Square) and an open pedestrian area that houses a total of 100 units, of which 80 are shops and 20 are bars and restaurants. The futuristic commercial district is also enriched by an exclusive gourmet supermarket, a space dedicated to fitness and wellness and 7 cinemas hosting over 1,200 seats.

    Nature lovers will also be delighted to discover the lush CityLife public park attached to the commercial district, the third largest park in Milan.


  • "IL CENTRO" Shopping Mall Arese

    Il Centro - Centro Commerciale, Arese, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    "IL CENTRO" Shopping Mall in Arese village, 12 min. drive from Hayloft Apts/B&B, is a unique structure in terms of dimensions, framework and contents. It stands out for the size of the rooms and it is characterized by an extraordinary brightness of the spaces, thanks to which walking among the stores recalls a stroll on the sidewalks of a historical center. The whole complex has been projected according to strict standards of  energy saving sustainability. It has been inspired by the ancient Lombard courts and its architectonical concept is characterized by a system of squares, special gathering places each one with a unique identity. In this environment you can find more than 200 shops, 25 restaurants,  a diagnostic center, a sport center and few play areas for kids.

    A few steps from "IL CENTRO", it is worth a visit, especially for motor enthusiasts, the " ALFA ROMEO HISTORICAL MUSEUM "

  • "AERO GRAVITY" Milan

    Aero Gravity, Via Gabriele d'Annunzio, Pero, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    AERO GRAVITY,  more than a company, is a passionate team made up of a group of paratroopers landed in Milan from the four corners of the planet whose belief is that, at least once in their life, everyone in this world should try to take flight by their own.
    Their slogan "Everybody Can Fly" is also their mission and therefore here it is their desire to make the flight experience accessible to everyone, both adults and children, experts and beginners.
    So if you want to try AEROGRAVITY, the structure is located just 5 minutes drive from HAYLOFT APARTMENTS / B & B, near the FIERA RHO-MILANO Exhibition Center


    Sforzesco Castle, Piazza Castello, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    The "SFORZESCO CASTLE"  is a big fortified complex located in Milan  not far from the main and well known "DUOMO SQUARE", heart of the historic city center.

    It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, who recently became Duke of Milan, on the remains of a previous 14th century medieval fortification known as the Castello di Porta Giovia (or Zobia). In the same area where the Castello di Porta Giovia stood, during  Roman times, there was the homonymous Castrum Portae Jovis, one of the four defensive castles of Roman Milan.

    Considerably transformed and modified over the centuries, the Sforzesco Castle was, between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, one of the main military citadels in Europe; restored in historicist style by Luca Beltrami between 1890 and 1905, it is now the home of cultural institutions and important museums. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and one of the main symbols of Milan and its history.

    A large park ( Parco Sempione ) extends just behind it , a green heart in the center of Milan that leads directly to the "Arco della Pace" and the "Arena Civica", two wonderful testimonies of Napoleonic domination.

  • "LA SCALA" Theater Milan

    La Scala, Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    "ALLA SCALA Theater", colloquially known as "La Scala", is the main opera house in Milan. Considered one of the most prestigious theaters in the world, it has been hosted for 242 years the main artists in the international field of opera and classical music.

    The building, designed by Giuseppe Piermarini and inaugurated in 1778, was built on the ashes of the previous Ducal Theater, which was destroyed by fire in 1776. It owes its name to the church of Santa Maria alla Scala, demolished to make room for the "New Regio Ducal Teatro alla Scala" construction, under the reign of Maria Theresa of Austria.

    Since its foundation, it has been the seat of the homonymous choir,  the orchestra, the corps de ballet, and since 1982 also of the Philharmonic Orchestra.

    The theater complex is located in the homonymous square, which also leads to the famous "Galleria Vittorio Emanuele"  and a stone's throw from "Piazza Duomo".


    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    " Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery" is a commercial gallery in Milan , in the form of a covered pedestrian street, which connects  Duomo Square to " "Alla Scala Square". Due to the presence of elegant shops, bars and cafè, since its inauguration it was the meeting place of the Milanese bourgeoisie, so much as to be nicknamed the "Milan living room".Built in the Neo-Renaissance style, it is one of the most famous examples of European iron architecture and represents the archetype of the nineteenth century shopping arcade. Simply called "the Gallery" by the Milanese, it is often considered as one of the first examples of a shopping center in the world.

  • "SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE Church" & "THE LAST SUPPER Painting" by Leonardo Da Vinci

    Santa Maria delle Grazie, Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    "The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie" , located in the heart of Milan, is an impressive architectural work and one of the highest achievements of the Renaissance in northern Italy. An emblem of Catholic religiosity, it is indissolubly linked to the fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, "the Cenacle", kept  in the refectory next to the church.
    Belonging to the Dominican Order, the church is so called because Count Gaspare Vimercati, commander of Francesco Sforza's militias, gave the Dominicans a chapel with a fresco image of the Virgin Mary, called " Madonna delle Grazie", so that they could build a church - Santa Maria delle Grazie precisely - and a convent.
    The convent was finished in 1469 while for the church it was necessary to wait until 1482.
    Later, by the will of Ludovico il Moro, duke of Milan, who wanted it as a mausoleum for his family, the church was modified. The changes, attributed to Bramante, concern a brilliant extension of the structure, with the addition of large semicircular apses, a majestic dome surrounded by colonnades, a beautiful cloister, and the refectory.

    Leonardo da Vinci' s fresco "The Cenacle", kept in the refectory adjacent to the church, is also known as the "Last Supper" and is considered one of the best known and most important works of the artist and his only wall painting visible today.
    The painting is based on the Gospel of John, in which Jesus announces that he will be betrayed by one of his apostles.
    Inside a room, Leonardo set the long dinner table in the foreground, with the isolated figure of Christ in the center, with an almost pyramidal shape due to the outstretched arms.
    Around Christ the apostles are arranged in four groups of three, different but symmetrically balanced. The use of perspective and the arrangement of the characters attract the eye to the point that it seems to attend the Last Supper of Jesus live and to live intensely this decisive moment.
    The technique adopted by Leonardo da Vinci in drafting the fresco commissioned from him by Ludovico il Moro is "tempera", to give free rein to his creativity, a technique that, however, has not withstood the changing climatic conditions, creating considerable problems for the fresco.
    In 1943, Anglo-American bombers struck the church and convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the refectory was razed to the ground, and only few walls were saved, including that of the Cenacle, which is still today a symbol of the Milanese Catholics' devotion.

  • "TRIENNALE Palace" Milan

    Triennale Milano, Viale Emilio Alemagna, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    Since 1923, "Triennale" Milan is the Italian institution dedicated to design, architecture, visual, scenic and performing arts.

    Housed in thePalazzo dell'Arte, it is an international cultural institution that produces exhibitions, conferences and events on art, design, architecture, fashion, cinema, communication and society. It organizes exhibitions of great visibility and attention such as those dedicated to contemporary art, to architects and designers of national and international fame, to the great stylists who have changed taste and customs, to social issues.

    Since 2007 it has been the seat of the "Triennale Design Museum", a changing museum, attentive to the history and to the entire design system (businesses, production districts, territory, research, publishing and training).

    Since 2011, it has been hosting the "Teatro dell'Arte" ( Theater of Art ), one of the most significant on the Milanese scene, a new point of reference for cultural projects and performing arts.


    Pinacoteca di Brera, Via Brera, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    The "Pinacoteca di Brera" is a national gallery of ancient and modern art, located in the homonymous building, one of the largest complexes in Milan with over 24.000 square meters .

    The museum exhibits one of the most famous collections of painting in Italy, specialized in Venetian and Lombard painting, with important pieces from other schools. Besides, thanks to donations, it offers an exhibition itinerary that ranges from prehistory to contemporary art, with masterpieces by artists of the twentieth century.

    A characteristic feature of Brera, which makes it different from other Italian museums, is the presence of great masterpieces coming from different schools: Lombard, Venetian,Tuscan, from central Italy, and important paintings from Flemish school as well. This is due to the setting given to the museum since the Napoleonic era, when it was conceived as a representative place of all Italian art coming from  every era and every region and  welcoming works taken from churches and convents for the purpose  of making paintings available to the public, that were hardly accessible until then.

    In October 2018, the rearrangement of all 38 rooms was completed, promoted by director James Bradburne, appointed in 2015.

  • "MUDEC-Museum of Cultures" Milan

    Mudec, Via Tortona, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy . › ita

     "MUDEC" or Museum of Cultures of Milan  is a museum and exhibition center inaugurated in 2014, dedicated to the enhancement and interdisciplinary research on the cultures in the world.

    The evidences and collections of the ethnographic and anthropological assemblages of Milan Municipality  have found their place in this quite new museum. The museum spaces also constitute an exhibition center for temporary exhibitions and events.

    The museum project has its origins in the early nineties, when the Municipality of Milan decides to purchase and redevelop an area including the factories of a former steel mill, in the Porta Genova district, in order to transform the industrial abandoned area in a center for cultural activities.

    The museum project was signed by the British architect David Chipperfield. The building, which occupies an area of ​​17.000 square meters, is spread over two different floors.

    The ground floor, planned for visitors' hospitality, includes the spaces for the Forum of Cultures, a specialized library, a multifunctional conference space, a restoration laboratory and a space dedicated to children and young visitors (Mudec Junior).

    The actual exhibition itinerary is developed within the first floor, articulated around a large covered central square , with a quadrilobate shape, from which the rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions and permanent collections branch off. A salient feature of the architecture is the contrast between the curved lines of the central transit space and the geometric and regular volumes of the individual exhibition rooms, a contrast even more accentuated by the different shades of light and color of the different environments.

    The museum logo, designed in 2015 by studio FM Milan, is represented by an anthropomorphic "M" whose graphic variations refer to the diversity, graphic and cultural, of the museum's own collections.


    Vicolungo The Style Outlets, Piazza Santa Caterina, Vicolungo, Province of Novara, Italy .

    "VICOLUNGO THE STYLE OUTLETS" is an outdoor shopping center, in the province of Novara, just 20 minutes by car from our accomodation facility, taking the Milan-Turin motorway, whose motorway entrance and exit  are located in our village  and near us.

    The shopping center consists of 150 food and non-food stores of prestigious brands, which offer discounts of 30% to 70% all year round. During the year, being an outdoor shopping center consisting of alleys and squares that follow one after the other, the center also hosts art exhibitions, events and initiatives designed to involve the whole family.
    The type of products offered by the individual outlets is extremely vast and ranges from men's, women's and children's clothing to accessories, footwear, leather goods, household goods, cosmetics and more. Even the brands treated as a whole are very varied, for all styles and, above all, for all budgets.


    Isola, Milano, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy .

    If you think that nightlife in Milan is reason enough to visit the city… you are absolutely right!!! The Milanese nightlife, with some of the most famous clubs and discos in the fashionable circles of Europe, is the protagonist in different areas of the city, from the "Isola District" to the "Garibaldi District", from "Città Studi" to "Corso Sempione". By statute, however, unwritten but indisputable, the heart of the nightlife in Milan are the "Navigli" Area, where the night has the same flavor and appeal as Trastevere in Rome, the Left Bank in Paris, Soho in London, Kreuzberg in Berlin and the Ramblas in Barcelona.

    Milan by night, which begins around 7 pm with happy hour (an all-Italian invention exported in recent years to every club in Europe), offers lovers of the wee hours hundreds of bars, pubs, discos, clubs with music live. Milan is the capital of worldliness: VIPs, show business and jet set personalities, sportsmen and starlets, models and yuppies, have their exclusive places in the capital of Lombardy where they can have fun, but above all where to get noticed.

    Young and old men and women of all ages, have their favorite cafes where they can spend pleasant evenings with friends. The scenario offered by the Milanese nightlife is diversified: the important thing is to choose the area that best suits your way of living the night. Here is an overview of the areas of Milan and the type of clientele who frequent them.


    Let's start from the northern area of ​​Milan. In recent years, the Isola neighborhood, near "Piazzale Lagosta", has been having a good success. The area between "Via Valtellina" and "Via Farini" is very popular and attended by 20-30 year olds just from happy hour.

    For an aperitif and a Baja California-style dinner, everyone concentrates at "the Mexicali", while for a slightly different experience there is the "Isola della Birra" in "Via Medardo Rosso", which likes to call itself the first sushi-brewery in Milan. Sushi is very popular in the area, it can also be found at the "Soho Café" cocktail bar and restaurant located in "Via Carlo Farini".

    Again in "Via Carlo Farini" for a classic evening, you can head without hesitation to the "Chiringuito", which has been frequented since the days when hip-hop was the top. If you like live music, a must is the "Nord Est Café" in "Via Borsieri", also very popular in the morning for breakfast. Finally, in "Via Valtellina 25" there is a disco loved by an audience between 20 and 30 years old, the "Alcatraz", where live concerts are often held.

    Not to be missed: the most famous club in the Island District  is "Blue Note", a true temple of jazz, with a truly impressive program of international artists. All the most famous jazz musicians in the world have passed by the Blue Note, a few meters from the Nord Est Café in "Via Borsieri". The evenings at the Blue Note are delicious, with a meal and a cocktail of jazz and gospel.


    Very interesting for the Milanese nightlife is the "Garibaldi District", where there are some of the most famous clubs in Milan, frequented by top models, footballers, show business and television celebrities. "Hollywood", "Tocqueville 13", "Shocking", "Smoking Kills" and "Pulp Club" are the evening and nighttime destination for a diverse audience between 25 and 50 years old.

    In the Garibaldi area there is also "Corso Como", synonymous with happy hour par excellence, with clubs such as the "Pitbull" or the "Dom Cafè", but also always crowded disco bars such as "10CorsoComo". Very refined are the "Virgin Cafè", lounge bar and restaurant in "Via Toqueville", and the "Fiat Lounge Cafè" next to the Executive Hotel. In Corso Garibaldi you can find the splendid "Moscatelli Enoteca" and the very famous "Panino Giusto", now thirty years old Milanese sandwich shop. Very glamorous and chic, from happy hour onwards, is the "Caffetteria Degli Atellani" in "Via della Moscova", a bookshop-cafeteria much loved by the Milanese intelligentsia.

    Not to be missed: the "Loolapaloosa" in "Corso Como" is one of those places on everyone's lips. In particular, it is famous for its Tuesday nights, when young girls in shorts, camperos and skimpy Tex-Mex shirts dance on the bar pouring alcohol directly into the mouth of the customers. It is the Coyote Ugly Saloon evening, taken from the film The Girls of Coyote Ugly, directed by David McNally.


    Entering the eastern area of ​​Milan, excellent breweries and clubs for an audience of 20-50 years old can be found in the area of ​​"Città Studi", "Piazzale Piola" and "Lambrate" zones. Among the most famous clubs the "Union Club" in "Via Moretto da Brescia" immersed in a vintage atmosphere, the "Brasserie Bruxelles" pub-brewery in "Viale Abruzzi" with strictly Belgian bottled or draft beers, and the "Au Vieux Strasbourg" in "Via Strambio" famous among those who love drinking high-level beer.

    A name-a guarantee for 20-30 year olds is the "Matricola Irish Pub" in "Viale Romagna", a reference point for students, classic and elegant, with an outdoor area for the summer period. For a somewhat refined dinner and after dinner, in "Via Filippino Lippi" there is "Eda", wrapped in a suffused atmosphere, while on the opposite side for those looking for an easier environment where music from electronic to funk house is spread, the right destination is the "Yellow Submarine" in "Via Donatello".

    Not to be missed: the "Lambrate Brewery" in "Via Adelchi",  a delightful little pub furnished in a mix between a British pub and a galleon.Here, you can enjoy craft beers, some of which only in particular seasons of the year, others, Special Beers, only when there is availability of raw materials.



    Continuing north you arrive in the "Sempione Area", near the "Sempione Park" and the "Arco della Pace". On summer evenings, the Arco della Pace itself becomes a meeting point for young people who love to sip a beer outdoors while improvising music. In winter, the clubs in the Sempione area are frequented mainly by yuppies, executives and professionals who like very trendy locations.

    Among the most famous clubs in the Sempione area, the "Old Fashion Café" in "Viale Emilio Alemagna" where the audience and the music vary according to the evenings. The "Roïalto", always crowded from brunch until late at night, and the exclusive "Gattopardo Café", both in "Via Piero della Francesca", are very fashionable and trendy locations. For a special evening, in the name of brand , you have to go behind the Triennale in Parco Sempione, to the "Fiat Café", with the risk of running into very famous DJs. For those looking for a refined and design environment, there is the "Serendepico", where innovation goes directly from furnishings to gastronomy, and where you can enjoy dishes and cocktails in an outdoor area overlooking the "Castello Sforzesco" ( Sforzesco Castle ).

    Excellent aperitifs and cocktails prepared by Iahiru, a historic barman, are sipped at the "Jazz Café", at the beginning of "Corso Sempione", while the "Out Off / Le Quinte" in "Via Mac Mahon", furnished in post-industrial style, and the "Northwest" in "Via Principe Eugenio", offer discreet environments for quiet and pleasant evenings.

    Not to be missed: many of the clubs in the Sempione area are famous for their hectic and lively evenings. The "Matinèe Bistrot & Cockails", in "Via Cirillo Domenico", is quite different. Very intimate restaurant and venue, with soft lighting, but still capable of giving off fun, Matinèe is the place to go for an aperitif, dinner or after dinner. In the bistrot room it is a must to drink the homonymous aperitif, enjoying cold and hot dishes.

    Since the 1970s, but especially since the 1980s, the Brera area has become an important meeting point for VIP evenings. In Via Brera the after-dinner can be spent at O'Connell, a very welcoming and warm pub where you can drink Irish beers in peace, or even at Bar Brera, right in front of the Pinacoteca, or at the Art Café, once a place of meeting between artists, with prints and paintings on the walls. One of the most touristic places on Via Brera is the Break Time, frequented by an international clientele, with tables along the street in summer.

    Not to be missed: in Via Brera 32 the shop windows of Jamaica open, a historic Milanese venue much loved by artists since the 1950s. It is a strange place, as glamorous as it is down-to-earth, where you can order a glass of wine and a sandwich and not feel out of place while sipping international cocktails at the next table. The Jamaica bistro is open until 2 am, but given the limited space it is best to book.