14. Certosa, Cascina Merlata

Located on the north-western border of the city, this is a young, lively neighbourhood currently under redevelopment, characterized by places for cultural gatherings, historical monuments and green spaces.

Key Details

What to expect

A suburban area which has been living a transformative phase over the last few years thanks to the presence of the Fiera di Rho – Pero exhibition center and the excellent infrastructures available


Ideal for those who appreciate the energy and multiculturalism of a neighbourhood on the borders of the city

What not to expect

A peaceful neighbourhood with many pedestrian areas

Real estate market

The district consists of two distinct residential areas: Cagnola Garegnano, with its multi-floor residential buildings, and Cascina Merlata, with its massive social housing project

You are going to fall in love with

The cultural liveliness of an area rich in historic treasures and new spaces for contemporary living


Green area, huge cultural offer, modernity, sustainability, low-cost activities, traffic arterial roads, markets, ethnic workshops, cosmopolitan area, Social Housing, hi-tech buildings, restaurants, local markets, well connected to the public transportation, close to Rho Fiera, parks, historical monuments, architectural redevelopments, street art, sport services

Commute times

Duomo: 25 min. by car, 35 min. by public transportation
Castello Sforzesco: 13 min. by car, 28 min. by public transportation
Cadorna Station: 13 min. by car, 26 min. by public transportation
Central Station: 20 min. by car, 43 min. by public transportation
Milano Malpensa: 30 min. by car, 1h by public transportation
Milano Linate: 26 min. by car, 1h by public transportation


Closest underground lines
Line 1 (Stops Uruguay, Bobola, San Leonardo)
Line 5 (Portello Stop)

Surface Transport
Well connected to both trams and buses 

Railroad Service
Milano Certosa railway station

Highways and freeways
13 min from the A8, 15 min from the A4, 10 min from A52, 25 min from the East freeway, 10 min from West freeway, 10 min from North freeway


East: Viale Certosa highway junction, railroad in the Certosa railway station area, Console Marcello street, Bacula Overpass, Bodio avenue

West: North freeway, Vincenzo Monti street in Pero, Rho Fiera railway station, de Gasperi street, Gallarate street, Traiano street, Renato Serra street, Viale Certosa

North: Viale Certosa highway junction, Towns of Rho, Pero, Baranzate

South: Caracciolo street

Neighborhood areas
1. San Siro, Trenno
15. Fiera, Sempione, CityLife, Portello
13. Affori, Bovisa

A walk through the district

Originally located on the city borders, today this area is a new green residential district characterized by urban transformation intervention focused on efficiency and energy savings, with historic monuments like the Cimitero Maggiore and the Certosa di Garegnano.

What to expect

A suburban area which is undergoing a major redevelopment phase. It is a lively and multiethnic neighbourhood with green areas directly connected to the city centre.


These  residential areas are well manned and promote different ways of living the city: from traditional homes to social housing initiatives.

What not to expect

A quiet neighbourhood with many pedestrian areas. The vicinity to the highway network and the city’s key arterial roads often makes the area busy.

Real Estate market

The neighbourhood has two distinct residential areas: Cagnola Garegnano, with its multi-floor buildings, tree-lined avenues,  services and public transports, has a distinct urban dynamism, while Cascina Merlata, with its major social houring initiative represents a green oasis close to the city center.

You are going to love…

You will love the cultural liveliness of a neighbourhood full of interesting places to discover, such as the beautiful frescoes in the Certosa di Garegnano, the colourful Cascina Torchiera and the mural on Via Gallarate.

Behind the corner

The area is located near the Bovisa Politecnico district with its university campus offering restaurants and bars. There are many green spaces in the area, such as Parco Monte Stella with the Giardino dei Giusti and Parco Testori. The Portello shopping mall and the Rho – Fiera Milano exhibition center are close by.

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