The heart of Lombardy, the richest and most fertile area of stimulation and industriousness. It is considered the fashion capital of the world and is a leader in style and trends. Milan is also the heart of business: it is home to the stock exchange and the offices of large international companies. The people are active and industrious, always intent on developing their businesses in a rainbow of international opportunities. Living in Milan is expensive and, even when it comes to real estate, you have to factor in really high rental prices. This depends on a number of variables such as the location, the prestige of the neighbourhood, the proximity to transport, and the type of property.
The city is constantly evolving: renovating spaces and recovering disused areas seems to be the most innovative and ecological way to meet the new needs of the Milanese while respecting the environment. From the remnants of major international initiatives (e.g. Expo 2015) or abandoned commercial spaces, new successful realities are emerging and gradually taking shape: MIND, NOLO, SCALOFARINI are just a few examples of urban revaluation, young, lively intelligent. There is much to discover in this city open to the future!.
Main areas
Historical centre: Castello Sforzesco, Magenta, Palestro, Manzoni, Quadrilatero (Montenapoleone), Brera.
Milan's historical centre is the most elegant and stately area of the city with its period buildings, majestic ornamental façades and absolutely enchanting inner courtyards with precious gardens and beautiful fountains. Some modern buildings, built after the devastation of World War II bombings, also stand out in the area. Despite its charm, the historic centre is not the most comfortable area for families to live in.
Castello Sforzesco, Palestro, Manzoni, Quadrilatero (Montenapoleone)
This is the most exclusive area of the city and also the most expensive. It is characterised by beautiful period buildings owned by the most noble and influential Milanese families. The flats are generally of an excellent standard and some are truly fabulous! The shops in the area are elegant and refined boasting most of the world-famous brands and designs.
Considered one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the centre of Milan, elegant and rich in testimonies of the past. Numerous villas and period houses can be found walking through these streets. Magenta is also known for its small artisan shops and workshops but unfortunately, they are few and far between recently.
This stylish and trendy area of the city is where every young manager would like to live for its shops, restaurants and lively nightlife! It used to be considered the artists' quarter, but since it has become so famous and popular, prices have risen dramatically and artists have had to leave their workshops. Brera is also home to the Pinacoteca, a national gallery of ancient and modern art, and the renowned 'Accademia delle Belle Arti'.
Modern, refined and elegant, the brand new City Life District area, with its famous skyscrapers designed by well-known archistars, symbol of Milan's internationality and innovation, leaves one breathless! Beautiful towers, splendid and elegant new-concept residences that blend well with the prestigious period buildings surrounding the refined district, served by the new Milanese MM lilla line. Shops of the most varied brands, bars, restaurants, private services: CityLife lacks nothing.
The area takes its name from the Fiera Internazionale, which used to have its centre of operations right here. Now most of the exhibitions have been decentralised to Rho/Pero, in the ultra-modern Trade Fair Centre next to the area that hosted the 2015 Universal Exhibition. The district is now undergoing a massive modernisation process. However, it still retains the flavour of tradition with the most beautiful and distinctive turn-of-the-century buildings, villas that hark back to noble family traditions, and then, but less prestigious, buildings from the 1950s and 1960s. The area is well served by the metro, trams and buses and is in the immediate vicinity of Via Marghera and Corso Vercelli, famous for shopping but also for fine restaurants, pizzerias and ice-cream parlours. The area is residential, very convenient for families. Among these foreigners, the French community whose school is located in Via Laveno and the Japanese Israeli communities and whose schools are located near the Bande Nere subway station.
San Siro
In the west of Milan, well connected with the Lilla subway line and close to the stadium (from which it takes its name), about 30 minutes from the city centre, we find many modern, well-kept residential complexes with gardens, tennis courts and swimming pools. Numerous foreign families live here as well as some of the famous Milanese football players.
North: Loreto, Station
A very commercial area and therefore perfect for shopping (Corso Buenos Aires is the most popular street). Nearby are a few quiet residential streets with a few period buildings. This area of the city is well served and easily accessible thanks to the red and green subway lines.
Isola and Porta Nuova neighbourhoods
The two neighbourhoods Isola and Porta Nuova, distinct from each other but connected, are the symbol of Milan's modern and sustainable renewal. The Isola district, one of Milan's most characteristic, is now among the city's liveliest and trendiest, enlivened by numerous craft shops, typical or ethnic restaurants. In Porta Nuova there is a splendid example of a very high level of urban regeneration, innovative in terms of land development and environmental sustainability. The heart of the district is Piazza Gae Aulenti, epicentre of Milan's most modern area. But it is the greenery that is the real protagonist; the Library of Trees, the only example of a contemporary garden in Italy, creates a harmonious connection with the Isola district. Not far away, one can admire the Bosco Verticale, an ambitious metropolitan reforestation project. Two residential towers where large terraces accommodate a wide variety of tree species.  The modern architecture that characterises this area is of international interest: innovation and tradition coexist in a splendid combination of shapes and colours.
Città Studi
In the eastern part of Milan, this is one of the city's historical districts. Well-kept period buildings can be found here. The proximity to the Politecnico and the Università Statale makes this part of the city popular with young students. Close to the English school.
One of the areas considered among the most 'liveable' in Milan. Until the 19th century, it was famous for its Darsena, a dock full of life and energy: barges laden with goods travelled on the water and long rows of laundry hung from the balconies of the houses. The Naviglio was the most convenient and economical way to move heavy loads and connect the city to the countryside. Today, the area retains the charm of bygone days in its courtyards, its railing houses and numerous markets as well as art galleries and craftsmen's workshops, but everything has been renovated and restored and the numerous bars and restaurants attract young people, especially on summer evenings when the tables are outside and the atmosphere is holiday-like.