The contrast seems huge: Even Milan used to be a village before it turned into today’s design and fashion hub. This fact catches my eye most in the neighbourhood of Milan’s former town gate Porta Garibaldi. Near the train station with the same name, where Unicredit has constructed an impressive new headquarter, a posh new quarter is just being finished. Just behind these buildings starts Milan’s night life frontrunner: Corso Como.
Corso Como is a short pedestrian area full of bars and cafés, whose potential to cater for many people’s drink and food hint to its vital role in Milan’s night life. But in fact, Corso Como is worth a visit as much during the day. Especially its number 10, one of the finest garden cafés in town. And more.
10 Corso Como is the Lady Gaga of concept stores and surprises with an excellent selection of highly desirable things. Visitors not in the shopping mood can may move on upstairs to enter the exhibition space on the upper floor with its rotating offer of modern art or immediately enter the relaxed design bookstore with a large selection of all things design.
At the end of Corso Como I walk through the triumphal arch Portal Garibaldi and enter the historic inner Milan. Mounted at the spot of the old town gate Porta Comasina, Porta Garibaldi was first devoted to emperor Franz I. With the unification of Italy in 1861 it was rededicated to Garibaldi, Italy’s unifier.
When I turn around I see the skyward striving bank headquarter. In front of me I see a charming church, which has an almost rural character if I fade out the surroundings.
The contrast of old and new is resembled in the residential buildings. The shops here lack world-famous names. I don’t have the feeling to have already explored everything here in this small area. I know I will return. The contrasts fascinate me.
When coming to Milan look out for the skyward striving needle near Porta Garibaldi train station to find the place where you can experience the old and new Milan on a short walk. Let me know which part of Milan you like best or would like to visit!