The choice of the city where to settle for a long period does not come easy. Convincing you to move to Milano with just one article sounds like a challenge, but you know what? - challenge accepted! In this article, we will look at the issue through the prism of cultural heritage and sustainability.

NABA, Marangoni - do these names ring the bell?

Milano is home to the most influential universities in the field of fashion, art, and architecture. NABA is among the member institutions of the European League of Institutes of the Arts and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, while Istituto Marangoni is one of Italy’s oldest private fashion schools. Founded in 1935, in 2020 50% of its students were foreigners and its objectives are far-reaching. Marangoni fashion school’s best-known graduates include Franco Moschino (also an alumnus of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera) and Alessandra Facchinetti.

Historical tradition in manufacturing and a rich heritage of authenticity is what has made Milano a global force in the world of fashion.

Bohemian spirit of Brera

Italians call this district “the heart of Milano”, and looking at all Brera features, we can for sure confirm that it is a well-deserved rank. What makes it the most elegant part of the city? Well, starting with Pinacoteca di Brera, the historic gallery with works of Caravaggio and Rubens, Brera academy itself (the prestigious art school is located in the same building), the most beautiful library of Milano - Biblioteca Braidense, ending with the Botanical garden full of species of historical interest, which will make great company to your tours of exploring culture - this neighbourhood won’t leave you unimpressed.

From early Christian monuments to Baroque Age. Architecture of Milano

There is a common perception of Milano as a city of grey houses with Duomo as the only worthy attraction. Let’s say farewell to ignorance! Take a look at Villa Figini in Quartiere dei Giornalisti, which was projected by an Italian architect Luigi Figini in 1934 in the rationalism style.

Three Cylinder Houses - another authentic residence in San Siro district, made in modern style.

Milano is changing, taking new shapes and concepts, such as the Porta Nuova area and so does its cultural heritage.

Meanwhile, the symbol of dynamically changing city environment is the Torre Diamante, newly-built 140-metre high, the highest iron building in Italy! Its main feature is the roughness of surfaces, which makes it look like an uncut gem. Not to mention more classical examples of architecture - Palazzo dell’Arengario in the centre of Milano, Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio and Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Come to Milano and discover it by yourself!

Performing arts - the soul and youth of Milano

No need to go far - you’ve heard of La Scala opera house: it has hosted the premieres of such masterpieces as Turandot, Nabucco and Madame Butterfly. As well, what deserves your attention and a minute of admiration, is Milano conservatory, a college of music with 200-year history and hundreds, if not thousands of its prominent alumni. Pursuing the 4th UN sustainable development goal “Quality education”, this institution is named after Giuseppe Verdi – who was rejected by the exam commission in due time because of the wrong positioning of hands on the piano. Funny fact, isn’t it?

Want a dozen reasons more? MUDEC museum of cultures, Last Supper, Archeological museum, Fondazione Prada, numerous fashion houses and Sforza Castle. Once you are here, you will find confirmation that Milano is extremely abundant in cultural heritage and come up with your own list of places to explore. Welcome!