Milan, 21.02.14 | Fashion & The City
I have never been a huge fan of Milan, so I said to myself: ‘let’s have a fresh start, no prejudices’. So, here I am, wondering where the true essence of Milan is. I love big cities, the thrill of enthusiasm and constant events and I can easily define New York, London or Paris; but with Milan it gets harder.
This city is a mixture of places. I will try to explain. Every district resembles another town, Italian or not, which makes me go nuts. In one of his books or in some article, Italian journalist Beppe Severgnini (a curious man) said the same thing: within Milan there are at least other 10 cities. And I totally agree. Perhaps I was influenced by this when I first arrived but it definitely makes sense.
I mean, I can start from where I live (Famagosta) and no one can argue that these buildings look just like old England (picture above). I call it ‘the Sheffield Block‘ (never been to Sheffield but I guess I blame it on the red bricks). I have this huge (really huge!) crush on the UK landscapes and cities so I probably decided to live in this place for this particular reason.
Moreover, there is Corso Buenos Aires: wide pavements, full of shops, awful billboards, different colours, no common sense and that is Napoli aka Naples. It is pretty nice but too chaotic.
Then, there is the Unicredit headquarter (picture below) near Porta Garibaldi which is so futuristic for a city like Milan. It reminds me of Asian metropolis such as Shanghai, Hong Kong (only my perception because I have never visited them) and I expect Tom Cruise to pop out any minute (still my perception!).
Now, up to parks, my very favorite spot. I have done the main ones, but let’s go with order. The first one I saw is set close to my subway station Famagosta; it is a small park between Famagosta and Romolo (picture below) and it has this basketball field that reminds me of the one I have seen in New York City between China Town (where I stayed) and SoHo.
The second one is just before the Navigli. It is the ‘Robert Baden-Powell Garden’ (picture below) and I love the surrounding atmosphere because it makes me feel like I am in London (endless love). I guess it’s for the building and the simplicity of the park itself.
Then Parco Sempione reminds of Hyde Park in London behind the Castello Sforzesco, but near “la Triennale” (art gallery) it is all Central Park NYC (left below); the Public Garden Indro Montanelli are fantastic (my fav) and they looks just like ‘Le Jardin du Luxembourg’ in Paris (right below).
Finally, in my opinion, the only typical places that truly define Milan are Brera with the lovely stones, Corso Como, Navigli, Colonne. The Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco too, but they are way too touristic for me.
If you have other opinions please let me know in the comments, I am really interested! Thanks for reading
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