Dynamic, fun, stylish, and multifaceted, Milan has definitely won the people’s choice award for the Best Place to Live! Alessandro Manzoni, Leonardo DaVinci, Einstein, Hemingway, and George Clooney have all decided that Milan is where the heart is. These fabulous people also make Milan a special place to be remembered. In your next trip to Milan (or maybe it is your first!), there is always a good reason to follow these celeb-filled trails. Here are our suggested ideas for you:
1. Alessandro Manzoni’s Milan
One of the most famous Romantic figure in Italian literature, Alessandro Manzoni was born to be a real Milanese, which is a rare find these days. Milan was the center of inspiration for many of Manzoni’s novels, in which you can trace the story lines in the city’s historic center today.
Casa del Manzoni, Manzoni’s house museum, is a good place to start. Not only it is the family house where Manzoni lived for decades and passed away, but the house-museum architecture itself is also a gem-like example of a typical Milanese palace (“palazzo” in Italian). Behind the neo-classical, elegant, orange and beige façade, Manzoni’s bedrooms are surprisingly simple and modest. There is also a fantastic exhibition on Manzoni’s places, places in Milan that are profoundly linked to Manzoni characters’ emotions.
2. Leonardo da Vinci’s Milan
The all-time iconic Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci, had his most prolific period in Milan. You’ll hate to miss his world-famous “Last Supper” fresco in Santa Maria delle Grazie church, so remember to reserve a spot at least three months ago. Da Vinci’ patron, Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza, gifted him a gorgeous vineyard just across the “Last Supper” fresco. Today, it is the Leonardo’s Vineyard, a quaint, green, and classically decorated space to relax and promenade. Believe it or not, the present day owners are actually replanting the vine the way it would have been done in Leonardo’s time – a white grape from Renaissance-era Lombardy region.
The 16th century renaissance style vineyard is now an ultra-chic place to hang out in the heart of Milan. Enjoy the breeze and outdoor views while sipping aperitivo drinks in Leonard’s once-forgotten vineyard.