Neighbourhoods in milan
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The Great Milan, as referred to by the Milanese, is without any doubt the most important centre of Italy today. It is the economic capital of Italy and by far the best place to find future work opportunities, vibrant culture and an unlimited amount of fun. But how will you find the ideal place to live in amidst all this? Find out in this article.

The city map

The city of Milan consists of nine zones or municipalities that circle Zone 1, in the middle. All the other zones spread clockwise around it. Even though these areas melt into each other, they have their unique way in which their residents organise their postal addresses and bureaucratic procedures.

The centre

Zone 1, known as the centre of Milan, starts in Piazza Duomo and includes the main parts of the city: Porta Venezia, Moscova, Garibaldi, Piazza XXIV Maggio and Porta Romana. Zone 1, besides its beauty, is also known by the term Area C. This means that this area has a restricted automobile movement in the hours between 08 and 20h. It is, however, perfectly organised with public transportation and is easily reachable by bike.

The design district

Walking to the north of Duomo, one can encounter Brera, the art quarter, known by its Brera Palace that consists of the Accademia di Belle Arti and the Pinacoteca which comprises the most beautiful and meaningful art pieces in Milan. This area is also full of bars and restaurants that remind of the old style of Milan. Continuing, you will arrive in Sempione Park in which rises the beautiful Sforzesco Castle, one of the city’s main symbols. The park shows the beauty of the Arco Della Pace. It is a safe area for housing and an excellent opportunity for sport and recreation.

Navigli, the land of aperitivo

Walking towards the south of the city, you will arrive in Navigli, the two canals full of restaurants for socialising and having great aperitivos. Navigli is already out of Area C (however, it still has a limited movement). Housing prices are lower compared to the city centre. Together with Colonne di San Lorenzo and Darsena, these neighbourhoods give a bohemian vibe. The main monument of the area is the Porta TIcinese, and this is mostly a pedestrian area, especially on the weekend nights.

Porta Garibaldi

Going to the north of the city, you will find a different, more modern image. This is the area of the urban makeover of Milan. In its shiny modern groove, it shows the Piazza Gae Aulenti, dedicated to sustainability with the tall Unicredit Tower, as the real financial centre of the city. Right next rise the marvellous Bosco Verticale, a pair of towers that contain more than 900 trees with the scope of rising biodiversity and attracting new bird and insect species to the area.

Parking rules

A fast neighbourhood tour in Milan is best done by bike, as its areas are connected, and the city centre is packed enough to make travelling by car more difficult. For those who decide to go by car, knowledge of parking rules is helpful. It is essential to consider the six areas: Area C, The trolleybus area, Extra trolleybus area, Interchange area, San Siro area and Hospital areas. All of these areas have different rates and different working hours.

Safety in Milan

The city centre is considered safe. However, the massive influx of people requires attention to your belongings. Compared to other Italian cities, Milan does have a higher crime rate, but it is relatively quiet compared to any other large metropolises. Areas like Centrale, Lorenteggo, San Siro and Corvetto are considered generally less safe.

Some believe that Milan has less traditional Italian beauty compared to cities like Rome, Bologna or Turin, due to the vast amount of opportunities that brings crowds interfering with the city’s delicateness. However, for those in search of its real beauty, it can be found locally in each of its neighbourhoods. Milan is, in fact, a metropolis, and as such, it has to defend its international prestige and its inhabitants simultaneously

Useful link:

Milano Post – Neighbourhoods in Milan

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