Dergano is the northern frontier of the Milanese creative class.
A quintessentially Milanese village that stood out during the Resistance, it was transformed by the arrival of the subway 10 years ago.
Its railing houses and lofts have begun to be populated by people under 40s with or without children and the neighborhood has become an epicenter of Milanese social life both day and night.
To the north, Dergano is separated from Affori by the railway bridge, while to the east it is bordered by via Imbonati: one side of the road is proudly Arabic, the other is advanced tertiary sectort with hypermodernist buildings and a mega-sized gym for office workers. To the west there the Bovisa Polytechnic and to the south piazzale Maciachini and the Farini area.
Piazzale Maciachini is a large square where the trams for Niguarda depart and via Imbonati starts. It is a lively area, with different ethnic groups and social classes and traffic of people at every hour.
The disused railway yard behind the Monumental Cemetery is the subject of a massive urban redevelopment: Scalo Farini and Scalo Romana are the frontiers of city development in the years to come. It is a neighborhood with a popular and commercial soul, located between alternative Isola and multiethnic Imbonati.
After the great urban transformation that has just begun, the Scalo Farini will contain a large urban forest and will host the new Campus for the Arts, the new headquarters of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. A new bridge will connect the district directly to Dergano.
WHY GO THERE
For Dergano’s boho atmosphere between sophisticate and personable - you always feel at home, but it’s like the East Village of NYC: people are not in a hurry and cyclists and vegans abound. Visit piazza Dergano, formerly jammed by the flow of cars, now a 30 km/h slow driving area, made possible by the repainted and pedestrianized tactical square, with ping pong tables and a bike sharing station. All around there are popular coffee shops, quality bakeries, Filipino restaurants and cafés-bookstores where the whole neighborhood gathers.
To stroll and shop in via Farini, a very long artery developed on the trail of the ancient northern road that led from the center to the historic Porta Comasina district.
It begins in Piazza Baiamonti, runs alongside the Monumental Cemetery and after having passed the railway it ends in Piazzale Maciachini. Beyond the bridge with a view of the skyscrapers around the Garibaldi station, the street explodes in a termite mound of commercial activities: bakeries, haberdashery, the headquarters of Danone, pizzerias, delicatessens, Asian and Latin groceries, kebabs and fried chicken. The tram rattles by and people swarm in this street which well represents the new popular Milan, with contributions from all regions of Italy and the world.
There are many nightclubs and trendy food joints in this formerly industrial area of Milan that has undergone a lot of transformation since the 2000s, thanks to the opening of the yellow and lilac subway lines and the Lancetti station of the Passante underground railway.
It is a very lively district both day and night, with many restaurants for those who love Italian, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Arab, Mexican cuisine, which go to constitute a citadel of taste that extends from Via Valtellina to Piazza Pasolini.
To the west of Viale Zara, there is the Villaggio dei Giornalisti, so called due to the concentration of publishing professionals who have concentrated there since the 1930s, around Villa Mirabello. It is a neighborhood made up of houses and villas from the early and mid twentieth century surrounded by trees and greenery, some designed by famous architects, making it one of the most beautiful and underexplored neighborhoods in Milan. Between via Melchiorre Gioia and Piazza Carbonari, there is the Maggiolina, an Arcadian village made up of nineteenth-century houses with a garden among a maze of flower-filled streets, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding busy streets.