NAVIGLI - TICINESE
The Navigli are two fresh water canals that enter the city from the South and South-West: the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Pavese, which converge near the Porta Ticinese gate. This is where Mianese and visitors spend their leisure time, around the beautifully renovated Darsena, Milano’s ancient river port.
Porta Cicca, as Porta Ticinese was traditionally called in Milan, was home to an underground world of poverty, hard work, crime and prostitution until the 1950s. In the 1980s the Ticinese definitely changed skin, becoming the favorite destination for those looking for music and socializing.
Many young professionals with their families have moved here, and the neighborhood is the symbol of the urban rebirth of Milan, in which the renovation of the covered market in Piazza XXIV Maggio by the Darsena stand out. It is now a global food market with a dense quay of bars and restaurants and a pedestrian bridge that crosses the basin. The area can be reached by either tram (lines #3, 9, 10, 14) or subway (M2 P.ta Genova).
WHY GO THERE
There is nothing more Milanese than an evening on the Navigli. Certainly the most photographed district of the city with its iron and concrete bridges immortalized at sunset.
Youngsters and teenagers flock to the Naviglio Grande in the evening, when the two pedestrianized banks of the canal built start filling with life, at outdoor tables where they serve spritz and chupito. Every last Sunday of the month, the Navigli canals host the Antiques Street Market, an unmissable event for all vintage enthusiasts looking for paintings, furnishings, decorative and collectible items. Beyond piazzale Negrelli there is a cycle path that leads to Trezzano sul Naviglio, which can also be reached by bateau mouche.
To do alternative shopping in Corso di Porta Ticinese, riddled with boutiques and food venues. To visit the Vicolo dei Lavandai, where you can still see the wash houses where until the last century hundreds of women washed the clothes of the wealthy.
TORTONA - SAVONA
The area behind Porta Genova is a former industrial district of large factories with water tanks on their roofs, which has synonymous with designer firms and fashion showrooms. Welcome to the design district, which rises over the bridge (now a walkway) behind the Porta Genova station, in the area compried between via Tortona and via Savona.
The neighborhood is the home of Milanese industrial design and hosts the Fuorisalone (next edition will be held in September 2021). The Fuorisalone was born here to complement the Salone del Mobile (the international furniture fair at Rho-Fiera) and attracts talent from all over the world, with people flocking to the ateliers of Milanese designers that are open to the public for the occasion, to take part in presentations, debates, vernissages, parties, street art and DJ performances.
WHY GO THERE
Two new Milanese cultural institutions were born in the huge area that used to host the Ansaldo works.
The first is the MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures inaugurated in 2014, located in a hypermodern structure with an iridescent color at the end of via Tortona, which houses a permanent collection of works of art and artifacts that cross the ages and the ethnic cultures of the world , with a calendar of very popular exhibitions (the next scheduled: "Disney. The art of telling timeless stories" which will be followed by "Robot. The human project").
The second is BASE, the multifunctional space opened in 2015 where you can breathe creativity in every corner and which functions both as a coworking area and as a place to organize workshops and symposia on social, cultural and technological innovation.
Also on via Bergognone there are the four floors of Armani Silos where the historical fashion creations of Giorgio Armani, the Milanese designer par excellence, are collected.
The green lung of the neighborhood is Parco Solari, with its stylish indoor pool which in summer hosts an outdoor cocktail lounge very popular with international students living in Milan.