Milano is a famous destination for fashion, design, architecture, contemporary art and finance. It’s the financial heart of Italy and year by year it’s going to be increasingly technological and similar to the biggest city in the world.
However, the Lombard city has another type of root, less evident and showy: the agricultural one. In fact, the city was built on a totally flat area and hundreds of years ago the city walls were surrounded by golden wheat fields, farmhouses and monastic complexes.
I love to escape modernity and find shelter in one of the surviving mementos of this simple, glorious past. My preferred places are Abazia di Chiaravalle and Cascina Cuccagna.
The Abazia is a huge red brick monastic complex set in the middle of the last surviving wheat fields. You can arrive easily to this place via public transports or by renting a bike.
PS: I suggest you visit it and then have lunch at Trattoria Al Laghett that is near the Abazia.