26. Porta Genova, Ticinese

Including the Medieval circle and the one of the Bastioni Spagnoli walls, this area is the point of union between the city centre and Navigli. The Ticinese area has continued to define itself, depending on the waterway trading businesses, on the contrary the San Vittore area has taken on an elegant character, thanks to the presence of monasteries. A central area with a double soul: happily, chaotic along the main streets and unexpectedly calm in the internal streets, where the popular origin of many houses of it has become nowadays the place of an old nostalgic Milan with a vague aristocratic taste.

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What to expect

A residential area inhabited by Milanese people who have seen it changing from a working-class area into a one with a tourist appeal, and have been able to give value to its history


A residential area livened up by nightclubs, local markets and cultural activities well-established on the territory

What not to expect

A modern and calm area with latest generation apartment buildings and the opportunity to park in front of the house

Real estate market

In this area houses are related to the ancient popular villages originated along the radial lines of the city: banister houses, with simple facades and long courtyards, which are nowadays a very appreciated and characteristic corner of Milan

You are going to fall in love with

The courtyards and the elegant garden modernized by Portaluppi, related to the Atellani Renaissance house. The house enshrines a little part of the vineyard which Moro gave to Leonardo for the Cenacolo realization


History, Navigli, Leonardo, culture, design, hipster, trendy, nightlife, alternative, lively and young area, regeneration, upgrading, banister houses, courtyards, museums, families, art galleries, tradition, well connected to the public transportation, closeness to the city centre, churches

Commute times

Duomo: 12 min. by car, 15 min. by public transportation
Castello Sforzesco: 11 min. by car, 21 min. by public transportation
Cadorna Station: 11 min. by car, 20 min. by public transportation
Centrale Station: 17 min. by car, 29 min. by public transportation
Milano Malpensa: 46 min. by car, 1h 14min. by public transportation
Milano Linate: 24 min. by car, 56 min. by public transportation


Closest underground lines
Line 2 (Stops St. Agostino, St. Ambrogio)

Surface Transport
Well connected to both trams and buses 

Railroad Service
Porta Genova railway station

Highways and freeways
24 min from the A1, 20 min from the A4, 12 min from the A7, 20 min from the A8, 25 min from the East freeway, 28 min from West freeway, 31 min from North freeway


East: Bianca di Savoia street

West: Porta Vercellina avenue

North: Magenta avenue, Carducci avenue, de Amicis street, Molino delle Armi street, Santa Sofia street

South: Papiniano avenue, Gabriele D’Annunzio avenue, Gian Galeazzo avenue, Beatrice d’Este avenue

Neighborhood areas
31. Arco della Pace, Arena, Pagano
32. Center
25. Solari, Washington
18. Navigli
27. Quadronno, Palestro, Guastalla

A walk through the district

A district distinctly divided in two areas: the one close to Corso Magenta has an older and upper-middle class style, high-quality buildings open up to beautiful courtyards and the street shops offer a premium selection; the Collegio San Carlo is an important centre, as well as its swimming pool, frequented by residents of all ages.
The Ticinese area is more alternative and tourist: here, the area bristles with stores for young people, restaurants and nightclubs which are influenced by the Navigli nearby.

What to expect

A mainly residential area, with a very Milanese and refined style in the Sant’Ambrogio area, enriched of a very interesting cultural offer which includes the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica, the Museo Diocesano and many historical art and design galleries, like the Rossana Orlandi one.

The Ticinese area is more touristic and alternative: it is an entrance to the Navigli nightlife where you can find young families and productive activities related to creativity.


This area is meant for those who love living in an historical, elegant and cozy district and reaching the city center also by foot. It is meant also for those who want to be close to the nightlife and don’t want to be bothered by the costumer’s chatter.

This area is meant for those who choose to move by public transportation or by bike and use the car only to leave the city. Many roads offer suggestive partial views, as well as many courtyards and internal gardens, all to be discovered.

What not to expect

This is not a silent area, also due to the presence of the Università Cattolica students who liven up streets and pubs at any hour.

It is not a green area, although, right close to it, the Parco Solari and the Parco Sempione are a great green lung; it doesn’t have an international style due to a refined Milanese spirit that you can find in the Magenta area, and a younger one in the Ticinese area.

Real Estate market

It is one of the most coveted residential area of the city, thanks to its residential character and the opportunity to move by walking in order to reach easily the city centre.

In the Ticinese area the old banisters offer a very characteristic and appreciated partial view of a “postcard” Milan. In the Magenta – San Vittore area houses are more elegant and noble, often overlooking tree-lined or very calm streets.

You are going to love…

Take benefit from the cultural offer promoted by many museums and foundations and the beautiful churches, whose apses and pinnacles embellish the sky and the background parks.

Look around in the stores and little shops of Corso Genova and Corso di Porta Ticinese, where you can buy vintage articles of clothing, jewellery, clothes, items, alternative shoes, perfect for an original gift.

Behind the corner

The whole area is close to many points of interest, like the Basilica and the Colonne of San Lorenzo, an evening hangout for young people, and it is very frequented by families with children and pets during the day.
The Darsena and the Navigli District nearby are one of the most frequented touristic areas and they offer the opportunity to make beautiful walks through the periodically set-up markets.
However, the area is close to the city centre and well connected to the public transportation. The fabled line 94, which will be entrenched with the new “circle line” underground, offers the opportunity to reach any part of the city, leisurely sitting down on buses.

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