The road to Heaven: Via Montenapoleone

Via Montenapoleone is one of the three edges of the golden triangle of shopping in Milan. But the Via Montenapoleone area is more (if it wasn’t enough!) than great Italian style shops.

Via Montenapoleone: not only fashion

Lots of shops and services around, not only selling la grande moda italiana.

An example? The Antica Barbieria Colla, a barber shop with a soul and more than a hundred years of history under its belt. Scissors only cut, moustaches and whiskers “management”, manicure: a paradise for men!

Tearose Café is an elegant oasis, very close to Via Montenapoleone and to the Duomo di Milano, the Milan Cathedral, as well. A perfect place for a brunch, a perfect mix of Italian conviviality and present day food design. Craft beer, special mineral waters, a great selection of spirits and, of course, awesome Italian coffee.

If you have a sweet tooth, the Pasticceria Cova is simply unmissable. Since 1817 Pasticceria Cova is the home of an outstanding handcrafted Panettone (the traditional Milanese Christmas cake), but the gelato, the ice cream, is unmissable as well!

The Antica Focacceria is, instead, a great piece of Sicilian food heritage in the heart of Milan: swordfish, arancini (stuffed rice balls), almond paste…

Via Montenapoleone: arts and culture too!

The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a Milan hidden gem. The collection of the Bagatti brothers, Giuseppe and Fausto is an exhibition of musical instruments, ceramics, tapestries, arms, paintings, spanning between 15th and 16 Centuries.

The background of the Valsecchis collection was to recreate the environment of a noble house of the late Renaissance, and so a visit to the Museum Bagatti Valsecchi is quite a jump into the past.

Temporary exhibitions are hosted as well, so check the Museum Bagatti Valsecchi’s site when you are in Milan.

Meanwhile, the Duomo and the beautiful San Babila church are very close too, such as the Teatro alla Scala, one of the most important Opera House of the world.

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