PISACANE ART DISTRICT
The elegant historic Porta Venezia district is one of Milan's most interesting and famous neighbourhoods. Renowned for its Liberty or Italian Art Nouveau architecture, this area is home to late-Nineteenth century palaces characterized by their sinuous lines, majestic houses embellished with stuccoes, tiles and decorative wrought-iron elements and houses painted in bright colours. The district takes its name from the so-called ‘Venice Gate' built within the city's walls. Until 1860, the gate was known as the ‘Porta Orientale' (Eastern Gate) because it was used to welcome those entering Milan from the eastern side of the city. Imbued with historical references, this area was mentioned by renowned Italian writer and poet Alessandro Manzoni in reference to Renzo Tramaglino, one of the protagonists of ‘The Betrothed'. In 1842, not far from here, the ‘Bagni di Diana', the first luxury public swimming pool in Milan and Italy, was erected in the space that now houses the Hotel Diana Majestic. Between 1923 and 1926, a service centre for travelers and citizens called the Albergo Diurno
Venezia was constructed in a space located beneath piazza Oberdan. In 2015, FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the Italian National Trust), funded a project to restore this gem of Art Nouveau architecture.
MERGING HISTORY, CULTURE AND ART The Pisacane Art District, home to numerous art galleries and antique shops, is located in this area between via Carlo Pisacane and via Nino Bixio. Here, you'll find an array of art galleries, stores and antique dealers catering to all tastes. In addition to exhibiting artworks, these venues sell furnishing accessories, collector's items, exquisite furniture, paintings, sculptures and contemporary design works. Besides the above, this district is also packed with elegant restaurants and shops. A prime example is the area's nearby Corso Buenos Aires. Considered the longest shopping street in Europe, it boasts one and a half kilometers of window displays with over 250 shops for all budgets. In a fast-paced metropolis like Milan, the Pisacane Art District is an ideal location for those in search of a little relaxation far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A unique opportunity to admire the beauty of art and possibly bag a deal, by bringing home an antique or work of art that pays tribute to authentic Made-inItaly craftsmanship. All of the shops, art galleries and antique dealers in the district are reputable, certified establishments that have been active on the Milanese art scene for years. Whether you're inspired by the work of old masters, love contemporary art or just want to soak up some healthy creative energy, before heading home, make sure to stroll along via Pisacane. It won't disappoint!