Multiethnic and queer, Porta Venezia has all the best Milano can offer: green parks, cool bars, East African cuisine, elegant architecture, great shopping (M1 metro stations: Palestro, P.ta Venezia, Lima).

This is the rainbow neighborhood where you can be free to be who you want, and also the Art Nouveau district, where you can see unique modernist villas.

For a lunch break or a fun evening, you’re likely to end up in Porta Venezia: find out what you shouldn't miss.

1. Discover the hidden gems

Chill out at Giardini di Porta Venezia (M1 Palestro), the oldest public park in Milano, with the Natural History Museum and the Planetarium. Just outside, on the other side of Corso Venezia, at number 52, you can also visit the Fondazione Luigi Rovati Art Museum, with its incredible collection of Etruscan and contemporary art.

Then continue your walk to the Quadrilatero del Silenzio (the area between via Serbelloni, via Mozart, via Cappuccini, via Vivaio) and be amazed by the modernist Villa Necchi Campiglio and Villa Invernizzi (there are pink flamingoes in its garden): these are two of the most fascinating "hidden gems" in Milano.

2. An Art Nouveau Walk

Walk down Via Melzo to reach via Malpighi and be amazed by the masterpiece of the Milanese Liberty style of architecture, Casa Galimberti.


3. Shopping in Corso Buenos Aires

Do power shopping in Corso Buenos Aires: one of the longest shopping avenues in Europe, now with a cycle lane to Piazzale Loreto and back.

4. Digital Arts at MEET

Immerse yourself in network culture at MEET, the cultural center for digital arts and Internet innovation (M1 Porta Venezia). 

5. A Cool dining out

From Eritrean zighinì to a taste of ramen, from gourmet vegan to Italian cuisine, Porta Venezia has it all. A drink in a queer bar in Via Lecco or a glass of orange wine in a natural wine bar of the area can be the perfect end of your night out.


Walk down Via Plinio (M1 Lima), reach Bar Basso, an institution which invented Negroni Sbagliato. Beyond that you enter Città Studi, the modernist university district dominated by Politecnico (engineering, architecture, design – Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, M2 Piola) and the science labs and departments of Statale. Città Studi is perfect for a sunny weekday lunch break and a dive into the huge Ponzio swimming pool (Centro Balneare Giulio Romano, Via Zanoia 8, M2 Piola).