Exploring Milan at Design Week

A Day at Milan Design Week pt. 1

Every year around this time, Milan begins to bloom, and we're not just talking about the flowers… The city starts buzzing and bustling as tourists begin arriving and everyone prepares for one of the biggest events of the year. It's Design Week.  

The entire city is at its finest as warehouses, galleries, and private spaces open up to the public in hundreds of events throughout the metropolis. If you're coming in from out of town, it's almost a rite of passage to make a visit to the Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone - and we're breaking things down with the perfect visit to experience the capital of design.

The Salone del Mobile is one of the biggest design events in the world and the main event during Design Week. Take a stroll through the enormous fair to uncover one of a kind interior design and trends from all over the world on display. 

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Salone del Mobile @isaloniofficial on Instagram

A must see for those working in the field as well as those passionate about architecture, art and design, the event takes place at Fiera Milano - Rho. Meanwhile in the city center you can watch the streets come to life with Fuorisalone, where stores and showrooms host events and neighborhoods invite the public to discover new design with a unique personality.

One of the biggest design districts is Brera, near Parco Sempione and not too far from the Duomo. The historic neighborhood is home to fabulous events and narrow cobblestone streets full of events and showrooms. Be sure to catch this year's theme, "Designing is a game, playing is a project". 

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Brera Design District

While you're in Milan, take a few moments to visit the city and its monuments. A special surprise lays hidden just behind the Duomo in San Bernardino alle Ossa. The Church, in Piazza Santo Stefano, is known for its ossuary and extraordinary frescoes. This is one you need to see to believe.

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San Bernardino alle Ossa by @batteredluggage.com

Continuing on, check out the Ventura Lambrate neighborhood for design outside the lines. The quirky and simple style here serves as a home for plenty of fresh young designers. This year, Ventura Centrale sees a big growth in the area. 

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Ventura Design District

Back towards the city center you'll find a modern example of innovation design and architecture in the Bosco Verticale, literally translated as Vertical Forest. From architect Stefano Boeri, this masterpiece is certainly worth a visit. 

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Bosco Verticale  by @giorgette_p on Instagram

Just around the corner, catch the Isola Design District, a new addition this year taking over the neighborhood of Isola with the Milan Design Market. 

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Isola Design District

The next stop on our tour is both a tribute to the great figures it hosts as well as a one of a kind monument you can't miss on a visit to Milan. The Monumental Cemetery is the resting places of some of Italy's greatest artists, writers, architects, and historic figures. Take a tour through the extraordinary tombs before leaving.

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Monumental Cemetery by @abbub_ on Instagram

Another hotspot not to be missed is the Navigli. Cool canals lined with shops and bars are full of visitors and locals alike looking for a place to mingle and relax throughout the week.

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Naviglio Grande by @framboisejam on Instagram

Before it's over, head to the Tortona Design District, one of the historic neighborhoods. Bouncing between Via Tortona, Via Solari, and Via Savona, there's much to discover here. 

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Tortona Design District

Last, but not least, when you're legs just can't take it any longer. Stop by the historic Bar Basso for a much deserved Negroni or Negroni Sbagliato, the cocktail invented in this very bar. Be ready for crowds, this is local favorite.

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Bar Basso by @myhome_pl on Instagram

Stay tuned for more Fuorisalone itineraries and find out more about Milan!

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