Milan Tips

Gustavo Messias

9 December Dec 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 Senior Product Designer Gustavo Messias. Here are the places that he recommends, if you have a limited time frame:

Rooftop of the Duomo

We all know Duomo, but many people never go all the way up to the rooftop. You can take the elevator, but I like to go up by stairs, to really see how the church is built, and how it all was, once upon a time. There are some 3,400 statues in the Duomo in total, and most are on the roof, so you can admire them better from up there.

The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci

The museum showcases the machines that Leonardo da Vinci drew, and that have now been built according to his drawings. It is design from 500 years ago – designed by a genius! Some of the things he designed could still work today. A lot of people don’t know that da Vinci lived in Milano and worked from the castle. (ed. There's a piece of DGI design at the museum, too.)

Aperitivo in Navigli

To end the day, head to Navigli area, take a walk by the canals, then sit down in one of the canal side bars for a Milanese aperitivo. Sit down, relax, have a drink, watch the people go by. It’s the perfect balance of relaxing and dynamics. This is particularly nice in the spring time.


Gustavo is originally from Brazil. He arrived in 2008 and has lived in the city ever since. Read more about what Gustavo and his team do at DGI here.

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.