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A few steps from the Porta Venezia district, the Pisacane Art district is home to an ar­ray of art gal­leries, stores and an­tique deal­ers.

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!

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