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In the heart of Brera, between the historic center and the modernity of the skyscrapers



The name Brera derives from braida, a voice of Lombard origin in use in the Middle Ages that evolved phonetically in Brera. Its meaning is “grassy field” - Garzanti Dictionary


“When in October 1958 Silvano and Sivaldo Simoncini, two brothers of Tuscan origin, took over the Rigolo with the help of their respective wives Franca and Vilma, the Brera district was not yet in fashion. There were no banks or boutiques, but only many food shops and bicycle boys who came and went whistling along via Solferino. But it was really the artists' quarter: Lucio Fontana, Cassinari, Morlotti, Ajmone, Dova met at the coffee tables or at the dining table. There was no shortage of Guttuso, Ungaretti, Manzoni, Giò Pomodoro…. Therefore it was not Rigolo that exploited the fame of Brera, but if anything it was the restaurant that helped to create it. " (Carlo Castellaneta).

Taken from "Historical Workshops between memory and future", 2015


“The Brera lived on the sidewalks, in the places of the tour, the Brera of people never satisfied with bartering words, trafficker of bianchini and barbera, it was the Brera that enveloped in ever deeper coils those who had the good fortune to live in it. It was a time of encounters, of exchanges of sentiments, of long-winded statements of principles, in a variety of attitudes. It was a desire to reaffirm remnants of vitality that the obligation to a stressful life had never abated. Regrets, nostalgia, memories, like scrolling through an unsorted family album, that you don't know where to start, so many were making the history of Brera, without knowing it. " (Gilberto Malaguti).

Taken from “Once upon a time in Brera…”, 2014


Porta Nuova is the ambitious urban redevelopment project with skyscrapers and luxurious infrastructures where you can admire the skyline of the city of Milan. Walking in this area you can admire the square dedicated to Gae Aulenti, which you can see here in the photo at “his table” at Rigolo, designed by the Argentine César Pelli. Water games, fountains and the technological tree by Ross Lovegrove which, when illuminated, make the space magical at night.

All around, the new large residential area developed by Italian and international architects, some of which are: the "Bosco Verticale" (according to the International Highrise Award 2014, one of the five most beautiful skyscrapers in the world) designed by Stefano Boeri, the Armonica designed by Studio Piuarch, the Solaria Tower, the tallest building in Italy, built by the Arquitectonica and Caputo Partnership studios, the Diamond Tower by Lee Polisano.


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