wonderful apartment in Milan's chinatown

wonderful apartment in Milan's chinatown

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms
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Our home

Our 160 sqm apartment is located in a traditional milanese "casa di ringhiera", recently renovated. we have 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and a big balcony. The apartment is located in a pedestrian area in Chinatown, within walking distance form parco sempione and milan's main attractions (brera, garibaldi, duomo, porta nuova) and close to the main highways for daily trips to the lakes (como, maggiore), to Turin and Switzerland. We have two kids aged 10 and 8 and the apartment is ideal for a family vacation

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Who we are

  1. We are a couple in our 40's. Born and bread in Milano, we have two kids: a boy aged 10 and a girl aged 8. The kids were born in China, where we have lived for many years. Shanghai has been our home away from Italy and still holds a very special place in our hearts. We love every single country in Asia and we did our best to visit them all. We particularly loved Japan and Indonesia and off course China! As we moved back to Milano some years ago, we decided to live in the Chinatown area (Via Sarpi), a dynamic area located in the city centre. We love it because is a pedestrian area, with a multicultural mix of Chinese and italians and its full of families. Chinatown/via Sarpi is very close to the centre and within walking distance from milan's main attractions (parco sempione, castello sforzesco, via brera, garibaldi, porta nuova, duomo) and very close to the main highways for daily trips outside the city to lake of como, maggiore, turin, bergamo, verona and switzerland. The area is full of shops, wineries, restaurants and street musicians and is very lively during the day and at night. It is also super safe.
    The apartment is a mix of chinese/asian and nordic design that everybody seems to love. It's really cozy and can easily accomodate a family of 5/6. Downstairs there is a wonderful courtyard and a long balcony, traditional in Milanese houses, runs all over the apartment.

  2. I'm a consultant in the sustainable development field and China expert, while my husband is an international lawyer practicing between Italy and China. My kids are... kids and love adventurous trips.

  3. We love skying, playing tennis, and my husband and son are fond of rugby. Being seasoned travellers ourselves, we love to see new places, meet new people, hear their stories and sharing ours. Since we got back to Milan we always busy planning a new adventure. Hope yours will be the next! We will respect your please as it was ours and leave all the relevant informations to make the best out of your trip!

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Your neighbourhood

Milan’s Chinatown, known in Italian as Quartiere Cinese, is the oldest and biggest Chinese district in Italy. This pedestrian district stretches over the central via Paolo Sarpi – considered its main street – and reaches the nearby via Bramante, via Aleardi and via Niccolini, forming a real city within the city. Whether you are planning to stay in town for a long period or just a few days, a stroll through this multi ethnical area is a curious way of discovering the less known insights of Milan. This vibrant and dynamic area is located just a few steps away from some of the significant venues of Milan such as the picturesque Brera, the historical city centre and the futuristic buildings of Porta Nuova district. Milan’s Chinese neighbourhood is an interesting location for a quiet walk or to take a look at the typical products displayed at the shiny windows at both sides of the road. Its pedestrian paths with cobblestone pavements and its three-storey houses give the area a retro allure, though featuring a strong Eastern personality thanks to traditional Chinese ornaments. Christmas, Chinese New Year and the Oriental Design Week offer one on the liveliest atmospheres packed with events and are the best times to admire a triumph of lantern lighting and decorative elements.

Best restaurants
Many of its visitors, though, are mainly attracted by its vast array of traditional delicacies from the Far East, which can be tasted both at local restaurants, street food hubs or purchased at specialised shops. Few people know that this area also hosts some historical Italian boutiques like the famous Cantine Isola, a real haven (or heaven) for wine or aperitivo lovers since 1896 or even the Macelleria Sirtori, selling some of the best meat cuts from organic production. Cappelleria Melegari with its hallmark hand-made hats, Ottica Scaccabarozzi, a reference point for glasses and sunglasses from renowned designers and Colorificio Sarpi, a small colourful hub for paints and home décor accessories are just some examples of true Milanese boutiques which perfectly meld in this international reality. The Ravioleria Sarpi and Macelleria Sirtori When it comes to food, the Chinese district features a variety of choices satisfying any taste whim. From breakfast until dinner time guests can enjoy both traditional Italian products as well as taste a selection of delicacies from the Far East that range from noodle to steamed or fried dumplings. For a real full immersion into oriental cuisine a stop at Jubin, between via Bramante and via Paolo Sarpi, or at Hua Cheng, known for its traditional noodles and dumplings is an absolute must-try experience. Anothre good choice for traditional Eastern food can be found at Ramen a Mano, a small culinary laboratory serving daily the traditional Lanzhou Lamian ramen, made with softly cooked beef broth (in via Lomazzo). When you say Chinatown in the world street food comes to your mind straight away; the same happens in Milan as the Sarpi area boasts many small street food laboratories selling small take-away delicacies. One of these is the Ravioleria Sarpi, a tiny one-window shop serving traditional handmade vegetarian or meat dumplings perfect to be eaten on the go, prepared using high-quality meat coming from the nearby Macelleria Sirtori. For those with a weakness for sweet delicacies, Pasticceria Martesana is a reference point located in the heart of Chinatown and offering a tasty selection of traditional Italian pastry and chocolate. Though it also boasts salty specialities for a quick lunch break and a cosy tearoom on the upper floor, for a gourmet experience from breakfast to dinner. Take advantage of your visit to Chinatown to savour the characteristic “bubble tea”, a typical sweet beverage from Taiwan which can be tasted in different varieties at Chateau Dufan.
Nightlife
a lot !
Favourite cafés
all
Where to go shopping
brera, garibaldi areas
Your area's cultural and historical landmarks
nearby Siola, porta nuova distric, brera , garibaldi and you get to castello sforzesco crossing the parc.
Local walks
Lanterns during Chinese New Year Celebrations Chinese New Year, traditionally between January and February, is the perfect time to visit the Quartiere Cinese. On this occasion the New Year parade is held culminating in the typical “dragon dance”, a long and picturesque parade featuring a couple of dragons moving throughout Chinatown starting from Piazza Gramsci towards Parco Sempione surrounded by music, decorations and drummers.
Places you love to exercise
parco sempione
Top day trips
como and maggiore lakes, turin, switzerland but also bergamo, verona

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