5. Brera: the Artistic Heart of the City


BreraNowadays this is one of the liveliest areas of the city, still maintaining a characteristic athmosphere that summons its past, when the district was inhabited by artists and bohemians. Its narrow cobbled streets host a number of interesting chic antique shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. The area is expanding rapidly and its neighbouring streets, including Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como, are home to several of the trendiest addresses in the city. In fact, as you walk through this historic district, you will be struck by a treasure trove of small artists’ workshops and quaint shops selling canvases and paints. Highlights include the masterpieces at the Pinacoteca di Brera, the historic Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, the Astronomical Museum, and the Botanical Garden, an evocative green oasis in the heart of the city. Now, countless boutiques showcasing rare essences are springing up, transforming Brera into a ‘district of Artistic Perfumery’.