Isola, the Island, so called because it is isolated by the railway tracks from the rest of the city, acts as an urban bridge between the old Milano of railings houses and the new Milano of Italy’s tallest skyscrapers in Porta Nuova. Isola proper is a neighborhood of young creatives and alternative families, dotted by bars and cafés, markets and associations, where you can embrace new cultural trends and be a protagonist of change in the city under the shadow of the Vertical Forest.


1 . Food at Mercato Isola

Buy food or dine at the brand new Mercato Isola, a completely renovated covered market that offers all kinds of gourmet foods and fine delicacies (M3 Zara).

2 . BAM - Biblioteca degli Alberi and Piazza Gae Aulenti

Expand your green mind at Biblioteca degli Alberi (M5 Isola), the botanical park with walkways going to Piazza Gae Aulenti, the plaza surrounded by skyscrapers and global brands where you can literally walk on water (M2/M5 Garibaldi).

3 . Handmade shopping

Visit the shops in Via Borsieri and Via Thaon de Revel: from ceramists to jewel designers, craftsmanship is the soul of Isola. 

4 . Green and new public spaces

Want to chill out in a different environment? Try one of the benches of Isola del Pepe Verde, a haven for eco-activism. There’s also Piazzale Archinto nearby, a square colored by tactical urbanism where the locals like to hang out

5 . An aperitivo for everyone

An elegant, alternative, vegan aperitivo? A selection of great gins or sublime wines? Isola has it. Then it’s time for disco or a late-night meal in Via Valtellina (M3 Maciachini).