Discover the city of Milan
Many are the things to do and to see in Milan and particularly in Brera if you are visitng the city for a weekend.The Pinacoteca di Brera is a must destination for art lovers. Born near the Academy of Fine Arts for educational purposes, has come to the bicentenary of his life and is now a museum of great international importance. Inside the Palazzo di Brera are valuable collections of sacred paintings, collected at the time of the Napoleonic Empire and the Kingdom of Italy, but also works by artists of the '900, including Boccioni, Braque, Carrà, De Pisis, Marino Marini , Modigliani and Morandi.
Spedning your vacation in Milan gives you the chance to visit the art galleries and the antique markets, which are held every third Sunday of the month, in this historic neighborhood of Brera that is also home to eccentric street performers. Milan "by night" is even more fascinating when you watch the view from the Carlyle Brera Hotel!. Close to the bars and trendy clubs, well frequented by tourists, students and regulars.
Another historical institution in Milan, with an office just near the hotel is” Il Piccolo Teatro”, founded by Giorgio Strehler and Paolo Grassi.
Also the Fatebenefratelli , one of the largest and most important hospitals in Italy, is located within walking distance, while the Moscova metro station is only 20 meters away from the Hotel and provides fast access to the Fiera campionaria “Milano City” and the Dome of Milan
On the anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, we suggest two very interesting ‘’historic’’ routes.
Palazzo Clerici is the emblem that symbolizes Milan’s beauty: a discreet and refined facade that hides the majesty of the interiors of a noble residence frescoed by Giovanbattista Tiepolo.
It’s worth a visit! The address is Via Clerici, 5.
San Maurizio al Monastero
After 30 years of restoration work the "Sistine Chapel of Milan" is opened: the church of San Maurizio al Monastero is once again available to visit. 4,000 square meters of beautiful frescoes claimed to be painted byBernardino Luini and his school. The church is situated in Corso Magenta 15.
This year has opened in Milan, in via Tortona 56, the MUDEC - Museum of Cultures.
The renovation of the old Ansaldo factory, model of industrial architecture, allowed the creation of a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the cultures of the world.
The permanent exhibition displays the ethno-anthropological heritage owned by the Municipality of Milan while a multitude of temporary exhibitions and events will follow one another in a multifaceted space with auditorium, bistrot, restaurant, junior space and creative workshops with manual or multimedia equipments.
Atellani House - Leonardo’s Vineyard
In Corso Magenta, in front of the Cenacolo of Santa Maria delle Grazie there is a place out of time and indescribably charming: Atellani House and the Leonardo’s vineyard.
Atellani House is a fifteenth-century finely painted building, an ancient place for dinners and parties, one of the best place of social life in Milan. The frescoes are attributed to Bernardino Luini school and the last architectural renovation was by architect Piero Portaluppi, the author of Villa Necchi Campiglio.
Vineyard Leonardo was given to Leonardo da Vinci by Ludovico il Moro as a gift for the artworks that he made for Milan. Various ups and downs transfigured its look but now the vineyard has been brought to life and has been replanted the original grape: Malvasia di Candia.
Pinacoteca di Brera
A collection of artworks wanted by Maria Theresa of Austria in 1776 in order to train students of the nearby Academy of Fine Arts that Napoleon wanted to turn into a museum. It is located in the large complex of Brera together with other buildings such as the Braidense Library, the Astronomical Observatory, the Botanical Garden, the Lombard Institute of Sciences and Letters and the Academy of Fine Arts. It currently hosts one of the most important collections of Italian paintings distributed in 11 rooms. Among the authors of the artworks, we point out Andrea Mantegna, Caravaggio, Raphael, Giovanni Bellini, Donato Bramante, Correggio, Francesco Hayez, Umberto Boccioni and Amedeo Modigliani.
Via Manzoni, 42
In 1850 the anonymous society of the ‘’Teatro Sociale’’ was born, in order to revive the theater of prose. The Comedy Theatre in Piazza San Fele, has a capacity of 1000 spectators, and is the headquarter of the company. The name changed into Teatro Manzoni after the death of the great writer, in 1873. And here Verdi witnessed performances by Pamela Nubile, Goldoni, starring Eleonora Duse. The theater was closed in August 1943, due to the damage caused by the bombings of World War II. It was reopened in 1950, in the new headquarters, in Via Manzoni 42.
Palace Poldi Pezzoli
Via Manzoni 12-14
Today it has become an important museum, and has been so since 1881, initially it was the home of the noble prize and art collector Poldi Pezzoni. Curious the anecdote connected with his death, which seems to have occurred accidentally, having the nobleman locked himself in the chest, after he had come to check the treasures of his collection. According to the taste of the time, we are in the first half of the 19th century, the museum presents a collection of sculptures, paintings, and objects like Chinese objects and other things collected during travels.
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Via Manzoni, 29
"Specially built according to the needs and comforts required by the progress of the time, like the advertising of the period states. Opened in 1863, was designed by Andrea Piazzala. When the hotel started to provide e-mail and telegraph services to the clients, this soon attracted an audience of noble people, business people and diplomats. The hotel is still working on the first hydraulic lift Stiegler! In 1872, apartment number 105 was the residence of G.Verdi.
It is possible to visit the room with the furniture, the piano the study table and a small sofa which has all been preserved as it was at the time the Master lived there.
Via Bigli 21
Residence of the Countess Clara Maffei, after the separation from her husband. The living room of the Countess was attended by the biggest names of music and culture worldwide, like Franz Liszt, Alessandro Manzoni, and also G.Verdi, his great friend. Downstairs of Maffei lived Ambrogio Nava, architect who restored the main spire of the cathedral, on which stands the Virgin Mary. From 1894, in the same building lived the 15 years old Albert Einstein, who emigrated to Milan with his father who used to run an engine shop next to the electric power plant of Santa Radegonda.
Once in Via Manzoni at the corner with Via Verdi.
Founded in 1817 by Antonio Cova, was known as "Caffe’ del giardino’’." Later on the same spot came the ‘’Casino de Nobili’’. Refined and elegant, where he celebrated the coronation of Ferdinand and Maria Carolina of Austria. Also frequented by Marshal Radetzky, has a prominent role during the historic ‘’Five Days of Milan’’. A stray bullet hit a mirror in the room, and was later shown as an heroic trophy. In 1868 the Cova company was authorized to print money. The coffee was often frequented by Verdi, who met librettists and some friends.
Alla Scala Theatre
In 1778 on the former ‘’Teatro Ducale’’, and after the demolition of the church of Santa Maria della Scala, the tempo della musica was born in Milan. Stendhal used its stage as "workplace", where he could read and write.
This is the place where the absolute consecration of Verdi took place.