Porta Venezia

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).

Set just outside the city center, it is the rainbow neighborhood where you can be free to be who you want. It is the starting point of the Milano Pride Parade and a place dear to the LGBTQ community.

Porta Venezia also means culture, lifestyle, art, architecture. Built in the Art Nouveau and Futurist eras, the neighborhood hosts unique modernist villas in the neoclassical district facing the Palestro Gardens. For a lunch break or a fun evening, you’re likely to end up in Porta Venezia.

5 things to do

1. Chill out at Giardini di Porta Venezia (M1 Palestro), the oldest public park in Milano, with the Natural History Museum and the Planetarium, or be amazed by modernist Villa Necchi Campiglio and majestic Villa Invernizzi (there are pink flamingoes in its garden) on Silence Quadrangle Via Mozart the other side of Corso Venezia.


2. Casa Galimberti in Via Malpighi, a masterpiece of the Milanese liberty style of architecture. While you are there, you might as well enjoy a cappuccino or a sandwich in one of the many cafés set in the city’s Art Nouveau district. 


3. 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. Immerse yourself in network culture at MEET, the cultural center for digital arts and Internet innovation (M1 Porta Venezia). Then it’s time for a stiff drink in an LGBTQIA bar in Via Lecco.


5. A cool dinner out. From Eritrean/Ethiopian/Tigrayan zighinì to a taste of ramen or tandoori, from gourmet vegan to Italian cuisine, you can have it all in Porta Venezia.

BONUS! If you walk down Via Plinio (M1 Lima), you’ll get to Bar Basso, a veritable drinking institution which invented Negroni Sbagliato, and 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. A rationalist oasis of green and brain, with pleasant neoclassical architecture inhabited by students who are among the regular patrons of Birrificio di Lambrate, one of the first microbreweries in Italy (M2 Lambrate FS). Città Studi is perfect for a sunny weekday lunch break and a dive into the huge Ponzio swimming pool (Via Zanoia 8, M2 Piola).