Who would have known? There’s a little bit of Venice and Liguria in Milan!
I’m talking about a small block of houses situated just outside the city centre, east of Piazza Cinque Giornate. Many describe it as the “Garden neighbourhood”: a small working-class bunch of very colourful little houses that are located between Via Abraham Lincoln and Via Benjamin Franklin in a very elegant area of the city.
These houses were built at the end of the 19th century for the people who worked at the train station and railyard close by. To make them prettier and cozier, the owners started planting trees and painted the houses with bright colours. Now, basically every little house in this “rainbow” block has a little garden, a little fence, and some of them even hold hostage a little garden gnome…
Everything about the Via Lincoln area is very unusual for Milan and that is why I love it so much. Yes, every now and then you can find amazing renaissance buildings and townhouses between the elegant palazzos and the newest skyscrapers around town, but this is just something else.
I’d definitely recommend walking to Via Lincoln to take a few memorable pictures and maybe make a quick stop to check out the “Giardino delle Culture” by the street artist Millo that is just around the corner. Welcome to Milan’s very own Notting Hill!