This new space in the centre of the city is home to restaurants and shops, but it also provides a green lung to enjoy picnics or coffees in the open air while admiring some of the most modern architectures in Europe. Vertical forests rise up two towers on one side of the park, which wooden beams surrounded dark black and glass buildings on the other. Traditional details, such as the famed Milan water fountains with their creature like taps, have been installed throughout this new build to bring old and new together.
At the heart of the development is Ratanà Restaurant, where inside the converted warehouse-like space you can find friendly service and more risotto, or opt to dine a la carte if the set menu doesn’t appeal. The restaurant was also the central meeting point for discussions with the locals who lived around the new area, as the construction companies kept residents in the loop of the development. As such, expect to find a more local crowd dining here than just your typical tourist establishment.
Art installations at CityLife
Heading to CityLife
Across the city and a short ride on the metro to the Tre Torri stop, CityLife is the second modern part of Milan to be completed, with the final building to open next year. Here three towers, leaning, spinning and making their mark on the skyline, grow up from the shopping mall and dining options below. White residential buildings are decorated with vegetation in abundance, although the main draw as a visitor is the art installations on display.
Around the CityLife development you’ll find some large artwork, and the less obvious, ranging from stars embedded into the floor of the development that were mapped out by a local child from when Milan was first built as a city, too multicoloured poles rising from the gardens which are an interpretation on the fluidity of gender. It’s not somewhere I would suggest going out of the way to visit, but if you are close by the changing programme of art may be of interest during your long weekend in Lake Como and Milan.
Of course, Milan is a vast city, and there is plenty more to discover, whether in the city or further afield in Lombardia, but if you only have three or four days to enjoy your long weekend in Lake Como and Milan, the above itinerary will undoubtedly keep you busy while enjoying the highlights. Oh, and have a slice of pizza for me while you’re there!
*As stated above, thanks to inLombarida, Milan and Lake Como tourism for hosting me during part of my trip through the region. As always, all opinions are my own and extra adventures of my own are thrown into the guides and articles I produce.