It is said that one swallow does not make a spring but, in Milano, there is a lovely way to know if the warmer season is approaching: just head to piazza Tommaseo, right here in the Magenta district.
It is renowned as one of the most beautiful piazzas in the city, with the Liberty-style edifices, the Church of Santa Maria Segreta and the eclectic architecture of the Marcelline school building delimiting its perimeter, but in spring it becomes THE piazza to be, a lovely place to pause for a moment of relaxation amongst the gorgeous blooms.
The central garden boasts numerous magnolia trees of a particular hybrid species, which flowers quickly compared to other plants. When the thousands of buds burst into pink and white blossoms on the branches, it means that spring has truly arrived.
Insider tip: for a great way to frame your photo, one of the best perspectives is amongst the magnolias looking towards the beautiful palazzo on the corner with via Mascheroni.