The most central district of Milan Design Week is full of surprises, in a setting of great charm. Between an event and an exhibition, where to stop for a drink or a dish they deserve.
For a curious twist of fate, we see at the city's coolest and most contemporary event – the Milan Design Week – the merit of having rediscovered the oldest neighborhood: le Five Ways. Anyone who thinks that Milan, unlike other major Italian cities, such as Rome, Naples and Florence, does not have a history to preserve, but is solely dedicated to business and fashion, should take a long, pleasant walk in this maze of narrow streets. They exist since the Roman Empire and they cross like a star in an area where there are remains of monuments, splendid palaces, museums and churches.
Boutiques and art galleries
This district – born on the occasion of Design Week 2014, is a mix of lovely courtyards is surprising views but also delicious boutiques for shopping and many art galleries. It has the advantage of a very central location as it is between the cathedral of Sant’Ambrogio, the Duomo, Piazza Affari and Via Torino. Obviously it deserves a visit until April 14th – when the Fuorisalone – but also a quiet walk away from the event, perhaps on a weekend. It is a Milan of rare beauty and great charm.
At the heart of the event
The Five Ways are Via del Bollo, Via Santa Marta, Via Santa Maria Podone, Via Santa Maria Fulcorina is Via Bocchetto: they lived in a state of neglect, near degradation, and flourished again thanks to the commitment of an association such as 5Vie Art + Design (http://www.5vie.it) which set up a rich program for Milan Design Week. Taking a break is a must, especially since in the district (and in the adjacent streets, we emphasize it) there are plenty of greedy places and with that touch of class that only The Five Ways offer naturally.
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