Often, you end up visiting big cities only briefly – for a flight connection, a stopover enroute to another destination, or by choice. That’s what we did when we decided to spend 12 hours in Milan.
When you don’t have long in a city you have two options: pass your time wandering aimlessly, or make it unforgettable – and make the short hours you have feel like days.
Milan. Art, culture, food, fashion, finance, history. What’s the best way to expand the time we’ve got? The secret is in the intensity you give to the hours you have. The people you meet, the things you discover, and how you immerse yourself in the stories that surround you.
It’s the only way to change your perception of time, and feel thehours magically transforming themselves into days.
DAY 1 of 2 – 27 km
DAY 1 of 2 / Chapter 1 of 7 – Italy
Milan 0 km
9:00 – Pavé – 27, Via Felice Casati
Our first encounter is with Diego, Giovanni and Luca, three avid world-travellers. Their motto is: “Stay at home, come to Pavé”.
READ CHAPTER 1/7: HAVE THE BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN
DAY 1 of 2 / Chapter 2 of 7 – Italy
Milan 2,7 km
11:00 – Copper, iron and wood – 20, Via Pepe
Do you love reutilising materials, such as copper, iron and wood? In design capital Milan, the art of reutilising materials has become a lifestyle for some of its inhabitants.
READ CHAPTER 2/7: WHERE TO BUY FORNITURE MADE WITH RECYCLED MATERIAL
DAY 1 of 2 / Chapter 3 of 7 – Italy
Milan 3,6 km
12:30 – Around the world with a coffee bean – 8, Via Piero della Francesca
Often, people think that Milan is a city that grew because of big industry. But the truth is different. The economic origins of this city are in its many prestigious artisan products.
READ CHAPTER 3/7: COFFEE DRINKS IN A COFFEE ROASTER ARTISAN SHOP
DAY 1 of 2 / Chapter 4 of 7 – Italy
Milan 8,3 km
14:00 – Mangiari di Strada (Street Food) – 269, Via Lorenteggio
Crazy about street food? Nestled between the skyscrapers of Milan, there’s a place that’s out of this world. Unique, inimitable, unsurpassable. It’s not a kiosk, it’s not a tavern, it’s not a restaurant. What is it then? It’s a place that can only be called and defined by its name: Mangiari di Strada (Street Food).
READ CHAPTER 4/7: BUON APPETITO IN AN ITALIAN STREET FOOD RESTAURANT
DAY 1 of 2 / Chapter 5 of 7 – Italy
Milan 5,6 km
16:00 – Scissors and human relations – 25, Via Gabriele D’Annunzio
Art, mind, hands, dexterity, skill. We’re in the domain of Francesco Cirignotta, artisan. He’s a barber and professional image consultant. “I have many years of experience in doing this work, and in the social transformations that are possible via the only natural attire we have: our hair and facial hair”.
READ CHAPTER 5/7: HAIRCUT IN A VERY SPECIAL ARTISAN’S BARBERSHOP
DAY 1 of 2 / Chapter 6 of 7 – Italy
Milan 0,7 km
17:30 – Prisoner gowns – 3 Via Guadenzio Ferrari
Armani, D&G, Gucci, Missoni, Valentino, Versace… We’d like to take the story further, and tell you about Socially Made in Italy. It’s about Italian excellence combined with top quality fabrics, styles and products… and the common good.
READ CHAPTER 6/7: WHERE TO BUY HANDMADE CLOTHES FROM WOMEN IMPRISONED AT SAN VITTORE
DAY 1 of 2 / Chapter 7 of 7 – Italy
Milan 6,5 km
18:30 – Vicolo dei Lavandai
No matter how large or modern a city is, it always has hidden places and stories.They can change our preconceptions and ingrained ideas about life in the city – or even just help us to imagine things differently. Especially if the place has folk stories to tell.
READ CHAPTER 7/7: A WALK IN VICOLO DEI LAVANDAI