There is a secret Milano. It is located behind the gates of noble palaces and in the most secluded streets downtown. Like the #40 Brera Botanical Garden, an evocative secret garden behind the Pinacoteca.
#41. Are you a street art lover? Take a tour of Ortica to see OR.ME Project: 20 mural works mixing social history and urban art by the Orticanoodles collective.
#42. Speaking of colors, have you ever been to Via Lincoln? Some have nicknamed it "the Milanese Burano".
If the answer is yes, then go to #43 and get lost in the streets of the Quadrilatero del Silenzio, near M1 - Palestro: you have noticed that behind the hedges that hide the facade of Villa Invernizzi, in Via Cappuccini 7, lives a small colony of pink flamingos?
Continue straight towards Via Serbelloni. At number 10, there is huge ear sticking out of the wall (#44), then the art deco swimming pool of Villa Necchi, one of the most beautiful museum houses in the city (#45). Photograph everything and post in on social media (with the #yesmilano hashtag, obviously) and look for #46: you have surely heard of Bosco Verticale, the famous green skyscraper, but perhaps you have not yet seen the vertical garden in Via Mozart. It is Villa Zanoletti, entirely covered with ivy and other climbing plants.
Speaking of surprises, #48: in Via Malpighi 3, look up and admire the beautiful women painted on the facade of Casa Galimberti, the most beautiful example of Art Nouveau architecture in Milano.
#49: Did you know that the barbarians lived 500 meters from the Duomo? To be precise, there are eight giant brutes standing out on the facade of Palazzo Leoni-Calchi, Via Omenoni 3.
#50: Walk towards Via Larga, and armed with courage, enter the church of San Bernardino alle Ossa, whose crypt is one of the most macabre things you’ll ever see.
#51: If the devil wears Prada, he also has a residence in Milano. In fact, wait at the door of Palazzo Acerbi, in Corso Porta Romana 3 (M3 Missori), and see if he comes out. While you wait, have fun looking at the cannonball embedded in the facade.
Other demonic presences are at #52: outside the Basilica of St. Ambrose (M2 Sant’Ambrogio), a severed stone column has two clearly visible holes. It's Lucifer's horns that got stuck there when the Saint spurned him.