An extra 13.5 million visitors are expected to Italy’s wealthiest city — in its richest region, Lombardy — and Milan authorities have ambitious plans for the regeneration of historic Navigli waterways.
From historic to New build
Italian businessman Alessandro Gallo is selling high-quality flats across the city from £251,000. Poma 61, being built next to a large park east of the centre has 105 one- to four-bedroom contemporary apartments from £392,000, with Bulthaup kitchens and sleek bathrooms. The scheme will have concierge, gym and rental service.
In an 18th-century building in oldest central Milan, Gallo is selling 20 newly refurbished homes, from £290,300 at Cinque Vie. This beautiful project took 10 years to be approved. The historic façade has been painstakingly preserved and combined with white-pebbled courtyards and a glass lift.
Buyers have already moved into Stone Tower, a 14-floor modern apartment building in Porta Victoria between Milan and Linate airport. Completed studios of 538sq ft start from £251,000 with underground parking.
Contacts and fact file
* Carlton Hotel Baglioni: www.baglionihotels.com/milan (00 39 02 77077)
* Abitare Estate Agency: www.abitareco.it
* Cinque Vie: www.5vie.it
* Poma 61: www.pomaseiuno.it
* Expo 2015 runs from May 1 to October 31: www.expo2015.org
'I love living in this city - it's got soul'
Interpreter Anna Maria Lazarri, 53, works around the world and has lived in New York and London but calls Milan home. “Milan has got soul,” she says. “It is big enough for someone who is curious and it has history, architecture and more green spaces than you think. It is a social city, safe and close to the Alps, the Italian lakes and the sea. Expo 2015 should make more people realise Milan is a good weekend city.”
Last year she bought an off-plan two-bedroom duplex flat with roof garden at Poma 61. It’s a 15-minute walk from the Duomo and three miles from Linate airport, perfect for Lazarri’s frequent travels. “I love the architecture of this area, ancient but not run-down,” she says.
Milan boasts Michelangelo sculpture, Bramante churches and Picasso modern artworks, but above all, it is associated with Leonardo da Vinci.
His legacy is seen in the Codex Atlantico, 400 folios of his writings and drawings, most notably The Last Supper, a faded yet still stirring fresco on a wall in the Milanese convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. London-based Art Tours will arrange a private view of The Last Supper and privileged access to many galleries and museums. As part of Expo 2015, Milan will stage the largest ever Leonardo exhibition from April 15 to July 19.
* Visit www.arttoursltd.com