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

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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!

>> F.Pet­ti­naroli. Via Br­era, 4 www.fpet­ti­­ti­narolimap­sand­

Francesco Pet­ti­naroli

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