FROM THE FONDAZIONE PRADA TO CHIARAVALLE

By bike or by bus, a trip back in time and a comeback to the future

In Milan you can travel in time, riding a bike (or aboard a bus).

As summer draws closer, days get longer.

There is definitely a wish for excursions, but it is not always possible, or maybe there is not much time. Anyway, there are many funny and pleasant destinations inside the territory of the municipality, from an urban, post-industrial landscape to a rural countryside suspended in time. One of the most fascinating excursions goes from the Fondazione Prada to the Abbazia di Chiaravalle and back, with a little break at Bar Luce (one of the bars hosted in some of the museums of Milan), or in local venues.

 

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada is one of the most important art institutions in town.

Inside there are a permanent collection and several temporary exhibitions.

It is the starting point of our itinerary for this time.

Riding down Via San Dionigi, very soon you end up in the countryside, riding along open fields.

If you prefer to take the bus, it is possible to take line 77 in Via San Dionigi, for 5 stops, and enjoy the view from the windows

Abbazia di Chiaravalle (Chiaravalle Abbey)

One of the most ancient abbeys around Milan, it is home to a community of monks following the rule of Saint Benedict.

An oasis of tranquillity, that gives the idea of living in another era.

Among the attractions are: the church, rich in splendid frescoes and important architectural details; the cloister; the mill and the shop where local products are sold.