Brera Neighborhood, History, Art and Fashion
Enclosed between via Pontaccio, via Fatebenefratelli, via Monte di Pietà, Vetro bridge and via Mercato, the area takes its name from the famous Via Brera , which comes from the Germanic word braida, which means uncultivated land, vegetable garden. The artists, who have spent their lives at the Academy of Fine Arts since the nineteenth century, have helped turn the district into one of the most characteristic of Milan. The best route will take you on the discovery of these places, starting up at Largo Greppi, where there are two buildings of one of the most prestigious theatrical institutions both locally and nation-wide: the Piccolo Teatro (one of the most important theatres in Italy). A stop at the beginning of Corso Garibaldi will allow you to retrace the medieval history of the city. The story of a medieval Milan continues inside the Basilica of San Marco, built in the mid -thirteenth century, where you can admire the Tuscan art contribution in the Lombardy region by looking at the beautiful frescoes and amazing Gothic sculptures.
The chic district of Milan does not disappoint fashion and shopping lovers! Many boutiques and vintage shops peek out on the narrow streets of the area. Some great shops we recommend are the cartolibreria Rigadritto, Cesare Crispi, the papershop of Fabriano and, among boutiques Cameo vintage clothing shop, and the Marc Jacobs boutique in Piazza del Carmine. If you fancy an aperitif in the neighborhood, many bars and restaurants offer you the chance to spend an evening sitting in a characteristic gazebo in a typical bohemian setting.