Milan Tips

Paolo Rovida

26 September Sep 2017

In this series, our team members share their favorite places – be it restaurants, museums, architecture or aperitivo – to our Milan. This time, we spoke to Paolo Rovida from our administrative team. Here are a few of his favourites:

Of all the museums and galleries, Fondazione di Prada and Armani Silos are great for their concept and contemporary architecture. Armani Silos is a museum by the fashion brand Armani. Apart from the permanent collection that is beautifully displayed – the space is minimal which creates a beautiful concept. They also run good contemporary exhibitions. Hangar Bicocca is also great.

Poldi Pezzoli and Museo Bagatti Valsecchi are unique museums inside beautiful old mansions, where the rooms still reflect the history. Villa Necchi in rationalist and art deco style also has a lot of events, even if the house itself is reason enough to visit. It’s also known as the set for the Tilda Swinton’s movie I Am Love. All three villas represent different historical periods so you can see the different ways in which people lived in the past.

I think GAM, inside Villa Reale, is a little underrated, too. The art is displayed in this beautiful old villa, where Napoleon once lived. The gardens are stunning, it’s a real peaceful oasis in Milan.

For aperitivo, 10 Corso Como is my favorite, I like the style. Santoria Social Club is good for aperitivo or an after-dinner drink, or for buying records. I always go to the original on Via Paladini 8, but they’ve opened another location recently, too.

Finally, I’d like to mention something for those interested in architecture. Go see Piazza Affari, with the stock exchange by its side, for its functional architecture. It has a very special aesthetic and atmosphere. If you don’t know it, you won't notice anything necessarily, but I recommend taking a closer look.


Paolo is originally from Lake Como but has lived in Milano for 20 years.

In this series, our team members share their favorite places – be it restaurants, museums, architecture or aperitivo – to our Milan. To read all the posts in this series, see here.