Just a few minutes from Porta Nuova and its spectacular skyscrapers, there is Isola, a neighborhood that is becoming one of the milestones in Milan. Here are 4 reasons why you MUST go there:
Past and Present
Isola (in Italian means “Island”) was born as a workers’ quarter, thanks to the proximity of the railway and many large factories (including Pirelli); in recent years, has undergone a building revaluation and a strong architectural restyling.
The district develops between the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, following the construction of the railway from 1865. The name of the district derives precisely from this: the railway began to physically isolate this area from the rest of the city, transforming it into a sort of island.
This confinement, in the course of history, has certainly given the neighborhood the opportunity to build its own identity, as if it were a small town in the middle of a large city.
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Colors and Atmospheres
Leave Gae Aulenti and Bosco Verticale behind you and take Via Pietro Borsieri, the main artery: it’s a succession of gates, tenements with communal balconies, some Liberty palaces, shops and bars. On Sundays, closed shops are decorated by street artist works, transforming the streets into underground galleries.
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The Lille Islands
Wandering around the streets of the Isola neighborhood, you will easily find neighborhood maps with the most interesting points to visit.
These maps are mainly found in the Lille Islands (Le Isole Lilla, in Italian), the street lounges, the lilium-colored wooden houses (the neighborhood’s color and the new metropolitan line), where you can also leave the bicycle or get some rest, maybe charging your smartphone with the USB ports.
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Creativity and Nightlife
If you are a fan of designers and emerging artists, on the official website of the Isola neighborhood you will find all the places of interest, workshops and showrooms in the area.
Alice, an Italian travel blogger, also created a section on Youtube with 10 1-minute videos in his neighborhood, VISITISOLA:
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