Milano is divided into 9 Municipalities or Areas, each with its own geographical, historical, social and cultural identity.

Here you will find a brief summary of the Areas that make up the City, with the indication of points of interest and dedicated itineraries.

 

Area 1 - The historical Centre

This is the heart of Milano, the oldest part of the city.

You can start from Piazza Duomo, overlooked by the beautiful Cathedral: take a full shopping immersion in the Quadrilatero della Moda - Fashion District, or a foray into the lively Via Torino, which hides within itself the Church of San Satiro, and then enter the area of Carrobbio, bound by San Lorenzo's Columns. Nearby, Parco delle Basiliche is a quiet green area that connects the basilicas of San Lorenzo and Sant'Eustorgio.

Leaving the "Duomo" stop of the Metro (M1 red line and M3 yellow line) and standing in front of the Church, you will find on your left the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which, if crossed in length, will lead you to Piazza della Scala, where you will find the homonymous Theatre and Palazzo Marino, seat of the Milano City Hall. On your right, the courtyard of the Palazzo Reale - Royal Palace, home to exhibitions of international prestige, and the Museo del Novecento - Museum of the Twentieth Century. Brutalism is in fashion on Instagram and if you go to the "Missori" metro station (M1 red line) you can find an example admired all over the world: the Velasca Tower.

Or you can cross Cordusio (M1 red line) with its elegant buildings and the irreverent monument designed by Cattelan in Piazza degli Affari, to reach Parco Sempione, dominated by the Castello Sforzesco - Sforza Castle. Don’t forget to visit the Ambrosiana Gallery!

From here, you can take a walk in the ultra chic district of Brera, visit the Botanical Garden of the same name and the masterpieces preserved in the Brera Pinacoteca; or continue west, in search of picturesque views in the medieval area of Cinque Vie and Porta Magenta,  stopping to admire "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, on the border with Area 6.

Area 2 - Between the Central Station and the rural outskirts of Milano

Main hub of train arrivals and departures, the building of Milano's Central Station is distinguished by its eclectic style. This district develops along the north-eastern route until it reaches the Journalists' Village and the post war district of Maggiolina. At this link you will find an itinerary to discover significant 20th century architecture scattered along the way.

The green trend of recent years is increasingly highlighting the areas of Gorla (M1 red metro) and Crescenzago (green M2 metro line stop) which combine rural and urban elements.

Area 3 - The youth district

The creative energy of young people and university students is concentrated in the eastern part of the city (among its best known areas is "Città Studi", where the headquarters of the Politecnico di Milano and some faculties of the State University are located).

This district has assumed such a peculiar identity that it has found expression in the acronym NoLo - North of Loreto, crossroads between the green and red lines of the metro, on the border with City Area 2. Further along the green line is the neuralgic station of Lambrate, which until 1923 was an autonomous Municipality; the Ortica district south of Lambrate is famous for street art. Green spaces open up to break the urban landscape: the most important is Lambro Park, one of the largest in the city with over 930,000 square meters of greenery.

The area closest to the centre is Porta Venezia, which stands out for its Art Nouveau buildings, the beloved Indro Montanelli Public Gardens and the sparkling nightlife along Corso Buenos Aires.

Area 4 - From Roman remains to chic aperitifs

This area of Milano is served by the Metro M3 yellow line (Porta Romana, Lodi TIBB, Brenta, Corvetto, Porto di Mare, Rogoredo FS and San Donato stations) and is characterized by the presence of various places of historical interest, such as the one where the Thermal Baths are located. In particular, here the two gates of the city can be found: Porta Vittoria - a subsidiary of Porta Venezia - and Porta Romana, which was one of the six main gates of the city.

This area is characterized by the liveliness of its venues and is among the "top" addresses for a design aperitivo. You can't miss a visit to the Mysterious Baths, which in winter become a skating rink among the lights, and the adjacent Franco Parenti Theatre, host of avant-garde shows.

Among the green areas is the Vittorio Formentano Park: many appointments with music and theatre organized in the Palazzina Liberty named after Dario Fo (the Italian Nobel Prize's winner) and his wife Franca Rame.

Going further east, along the axis that connects the area near Lambrate with the airport of Linate, you meet the Forlanini District, enclosed between the railway belt, via Mecenate (where the monthly East City Market is located) and the East Beltway. 

Area 5 - Between rural villages and contemporary suburbs

In the southern area of Milano you will find this multifaceted district, which is characterized by the coexistence of historically central and peripheral areas with a rural character.

Porta Ticinese, called Porta Marengo in Napoleonic times, was one of the six main gates of Milano, built along the now disused Spanish ramparts. Given its geographical location, it opened along the road to Pavia. Porta Lodovica was its subsidiary, while Porta Vigentina was Porta Romana's subsidiary.

Among the main places of interest we recommend Chiaravalle, famous for its Gothic style Abbey, whose inhabited area is surrounded by the countryside and separated from urban structure; and the area of Chiesa Rossa, the terminus of the M2 green metro line (Abbiategrasso - Chiesa Rossa stop), which takes its name from the red bricks church located along the road to Pavia.

The district is made up of some urban hamlets that in the past were the Corpi Santi di Milano, agricultural villages and farmhouses placed beyond the boundaries marked by the City walls, and typical historical districts, such as the Burg dè furmagiatt (Cheesemakers’ Borough) located in Corso San Gottardo.

The neighbourhood's green soul is evident in Gratosoglio, a former rural village and terminus of tram number 3, as well as in the South Agricultural Park, a protected natural area that extends beyond the urban boundaries embracing numerous Areas of the Metropolitan City.

Area 6 - Navigli and surroundings

If you get off at Porta Genova's train and metro station (M2 green line) you will be a short walk from the Navigli, an inter-generational meeting place immersed in a lively and festive atmosphere.

This is one of the most recommended areas to have an aperitif in good company, in one of the many bars and restaurants that overlook the canal. Don’t forget to take a tour of the Darsena market or to discover the romantic and boho-chic atmosphere of the "other Fashion District", among the streets that every year host the very popular Fuori Salone.

Approaching the city center, a stone’s throw from the metro station of Sant'Ambrogio (M2 green line) you will find the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci and the homonymous district named after the Patron Saint of Milano.

Area 6 extends as far as the borders between the City and the Municipality of Corsico, crossing the districts of Giambellino (in this area, do not miss the Church of San Cristoforo, built on the Alzaia Naviglio Grande), Lorenteggio and Barona. Part of the South Agricultural Park falls within this area.

Area 7 - Milano's green soul

Not only San Siro, which hosts the matches of the city’s football teams Inter Milan and A.C. Milan and the great international music events in a unique panoramic setting, but also a lot of green space and two Metro lines, one of which is the brand-new M5 lilac line (added to the M1 red line) connecting this periphery to the city center.

Area 7 boasts the largest number of green areas in the whole Municipality. Its territory includes Parco delle Cave, which houses Cascina Linterno, Parco di Trenno, Parco di Baggio, Bosco in Città, Parco Valsesia, Parco Annarumma and Parco del Centenario, on the border with Trezzano sul Naviglio.

The district of Baggio is the oldest village among those included in the Area; Porta Magenta was one of the six main gates of Milano, located on the western border of the city, along the road to Vercelli; while in the areas of Muggiano and Assiano you can still observe fontanili, watercourses used for the irrigation of the fields, which have been preserved over the centuries since Roman times.

Area 8 - Functionality and luxury design in the old fairgrounds area

The districts included in Area 8 have very different characteristics: the austere beauty of the Monumental Cemetery; the exotic but at the same time local character of Chinatown (Via Paolo Sarpi and surroundings, populated by patisseries, shops and artisan workshops); the glamor of many redeveloped streets and buildings in the City (such as Fabbrica del Vapore) up to the luxury design of City Life

Area 9 - The dynamism of north Milano

The area north of the city centre embodies the charisma and commercial spirit of the City, which find expression in the futuristic lines of Piazza Gae Aulenti, in the Vertical Forest's floral profile, in the linear architecture of the Triennale, Palazzo Lombardia (seat of the Region) and Milano Porta Garibaldi station. In this area, all the buildings seem to point upwards.

The Isola and Porta Nuova districts are lively and creative, both for the presence of shops (with the famous Corso Como) and for the many bars and restaurants - meeting points for young people. The university districts of Bovisa and Bicocca are also in this area.

Area 9 is crossed by the M3 yellow metro line that passes through Niguarda (where a renowned City Hospital is located), Affori and Bruzzano and ends at the Comasina terminus.