For four generations, the Pettinaroli family has contributed to writing the history of Milan with a shop that sells antique maps and globes, period prints, luxury stationery, ex libris and other sought-after items. By Elena Binda
Discover Pettinaroli's new boutique in Brera, the go-to address for prints, antique maps and high-class stationery items
If you're a fan of antique objects and oldworld establishments, there's a shop in the city that you shouldn't miss. However, if this isn't your first visit to Milan, then you probably already know it. Since 1881, Pettinaroli has been the city's go-to address for prints, antique maps and high-class stationery items. It would be a misnomer to simply call it a ‘stationer's'. The shop offers typography services, collaborations with artisans for the production of exclusive items, premium quality paper and an increasingly prestigious collection of prints and frames. Today the business is run by Francesco Pettinaroli (see photo). Named after his grandfather, who founded the establishment, Francesco specializes in antique prints, a passion that has made him one of the world's leading experts on the subject. His personal favourites are the prints of mountains. If you've visited this historic ‘bottega' in past years, you'll remember that it was located just steps from the Duomo. In April, 2017, the shop, which still retains its original charm, has relocated to Brera, the artistic heart of the city. The décor, including the shop's original antique furniture and lamps, has been enhanced with a few contemporary touches. On entering the establishment, customers will find an assortment of exclusive Italian handcrafted leather and paper items. The jewel in the crown of the new location in via Brera is the magnificent collection of prints lining the wall at the back of the shop. Aficionados from all over the world visit this unique shop daily. A not-to-be-missed experience!
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