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April 30, 2002
Via Brera is distinguished with little art shops selling all kinds of colours and canvas - here is located the Accademia di Brera, maybe the nation's most renowned Art academy.
As you walk North, the street becomes larger and opens up into the piazzetta di Brera. Nearby, the Giamaica Café used to be the meeting point for artists and musicians back in the 60's and 70's. You would appreciate visiting the art galleries and antique shops in Via Fiori Chiari just on the left or walk on to Via Solferino.
The area of via Solferino is rather packed with design and fashion shops, up to Largo Treves where you head to via Statuto back to the underground station (Moscova).
The area North of the underground station along Corso Garibaldi, across the square and along Corso Como is one of the hot nightlife spots in Milan.
From journal Milan off the beaten track - an insider's view
We call Brera the area of the city roughly delimited by corso Garibaldi - via Ponte Vetero - via Mercatoon the West side, via dell'Orso on the South, via Brera - via Solferino on the East, and bastioni di Porta Nuova North. You can begin your walk from the Moscova underground station and take Corso Garibaldi to the South. The larger streets have plenty of bars and creative shops, with old style and design cafés, and the aroma of fresh bread and focacce coming out of bakeries.
Continuing South, Corso Garibaldichanges its name in via Ponte Vetero, then via Mercato. Take the time to get lost in the narrow streets left and right (via Fiori Chiari, via Fiori Oscuri) and the neighbouring squares visit some of the most beautiful churches in Milan, built in the characteristic red bricks in Romanic style.
Sip an aperitif with oysters and champagne at Da Claudio fish mart, or with live jazz music at Le Trottoir, or in a groovy aperitif bar - Goodfellas.