24. Cenisio, Sarpi, Isola

The strategic position in relation to the city centres, the traditional real estate offer with a nineteenth-century structure and the neighbourhood pedestrian access make this area a pleasant place to live in. Explore the labyrinth of streets full of stores, craft workshops and art and design galleries, with their refined and original selection. Enjoy the unique, traditional and at the same time young and creative atmosphere thanks to the multi-ethnic street food offer, the colourful local markets and the numerous bars and meeting pubs for young people.

Key Details

What to expect

A lively, young and multi-ethnic residential area, well connected to the public transportation and livened up by historical workshops, craft shops, design and trendy pubs


The mix of different cultures generates in the district a vibrating energy, from the trading business by day and the varied enogastronomic offer by night

What not to expect

A modern residential area, with big brands flagship stores

Real estate market

The district offers densely populated areas and vast unbuilt areas due to the presence of infrastructures which date back to the end of the IXX century and the early XX century (Monumental Cemetery and the Farini Yard)

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A no homologated lifestyle, where unexpected places are the stage of a creative and alternative cultural dynamism


A different and eclectic area, multiethnicity, social mix, handicraft, alternative area, hipster, families, meant for gastronomes, historical area, well connected to the public transportation, closeness to the important city centres, trendy pubs, courtyards to discover, community gardens, regeneration, coworking, street food

Commute times

Duomo: 20 min. by car, 20 min. by public transportation
Castello Sforzesco: 10 min. by car, 12 min. by public transportation
Cadorna Station: 10 min. by car, 15 min. by public transportation
Centrale Station: 10 min. by car, 20 min. by public transportation
Milano Malpensa: 40 min. by car, 1h 20min. by public transportation
Milano Linate: 25 min. by car, 1h by public transportation


Closest underground lines
Line 2 (Stops Moscova, Garibaldi)
Line 3 (Stops Zara, Maciachini, Sondrio)
Line 5 (Stops Domodossola, Gerusalemme, Cenisio, Monumentale, Garibaldi, Isola, Marche)

Surface Transport
Well connected to both trams and buses 

Railroad Service
Domodossola railway station
Porta Garibaldi railway station (Railroad and Passante Ferroviario)

Highways and freeways
30 min from the A1, 20 min from the A4, 25 min from the A7, 20 min from the A8, 30 min from the East freeway, 30 min from West freeway, 30 min from North freeway


East: Taramelli street, Sondrio avenue

West: Firenze Square, Fauchè street, Lomazzo street, Sempione avenue, 

North: Caracciolo street, Jenner avenue, Marche avenue

South: D’Eril street, Alfieri street, Giannone street, Ceresio street, Ferrari street, Castillia street, Melchiorre Gioia street

Neighborhood areas
13. Affori, Bovisa
15. Fiera, Sempione, CityLife, Portello
23. Maggiolina, Istria
30. Garibaldi, Moscova, Porta Nuova
29. Centrale, Repubblica
31. Arco della Pace, Arena, Pagano

A walk through the district

This district consists of three well characterized areas: Sarpi, the Milanese Chinatown, with its frenetic multiethnicity conflated into the Milanese spirit by now; Isola, with its laboring and working-class past, nowadays it is toned down by the recent redevelopments; and Cenisio – or Simonetta – a mainly residential area full of services and conveniences for all the needs.

What to expect

With a trading and productive past, this vast area close to the city centre has an essentially residential hallmark nowadays, also thanks to the good connections to the public transportation.

The colorful Sarpi frenzy with its historical and Oriental workshops, the Isola street art and the Cenisio Dèco hallmark offer to residents a different type of life, combining services and any type of convenience.


This area is meant for those who love living their own district, enjoying the social and cultural mix, the nightlife and restaurants for all budgets and tastes.

Here the cosmopolitan street food and the ethnic stores, like Kathay, are linked to well established historical workshops, like the Sirtori butcher shop, the Cantine Isola wine bar or Osteria Dal Verme.

What not to expect

In this area you will not find the design or fashion brands retail chains or franchisings, you will not find either big supermarkets with a driveway.

However, its weaknesses have become strengths: narrow streets that don’t allow the crazy Milanese traffic to spread; the tiny houses, mainly for rent and inhabited by young people, which give place to a great social and cultural mix; the market and the little and independent stores with their own identity, which offer more sincerity in the customer relationships.

Real Estate market

The real estate offer mainly consists of banister houses with internal courtyards and historical factories, often transformed in lofts, and it includes also post-war buildings.

Recently some residential buildings with a more contemporary concept have been built, as a counterpoint to the homogeneous historical context.

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This historical area has a well-established identity, but it is also oriented to the future thanks to regeneration interventions which are activating a strong change, supported by the good connection to the public transport system.

Behind the corner

The area is situated close to Porta Nuova, with its tertiary and luxury residential centre, livened up by the Biblioteca degli Alberi big park. Architectural interventions of quality, like the Bosco Verticale and the new Fondazione Feltrinelli headquarter, play an important urban and public service role in order to revamp a part of the city.
The Parco Sempione, a green lung of the city centre, and the Arco della Pace, with many meeting points for young people, complete the offer for the free time.

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