CasaTitta B&B is located in a multi-ethnic and emerging area of the city (Milano Nord). The daytime life is very active, while the evening life is more enjoyable in the nearby historic neighbourhood of Isola, which can be reached with a few steps on foot: there are restaurants, wine bars, bistros, music venues (including the Blue Note known for live Jazz).
The social transformation of the area has been accelerated by the urban project Porta Nuova (Piazza Gae Aulenti, Bosco Verticale), which, in addition to adding skyscrapers to the old tenement houses, has integrated Isola with the Porta Garibaldi area, which is now commercial, cultural, and fashionable ferment (Corso Como, Corso Garibaldi, Piazza 25 Aprile).
If you ask a Milanese how they would define Isola today, the answer would probably be “radical chic”. It is an urban peripheral area but very close to the centre; proud of its popular origins and a new destination for Milan’s nightlife; attached to its solid artisan tradition but increasingly crowded with trendy shops and luxury apartments.
Historically, Isola developed along the ancient road that led from Milan, exiting from Porta Comasina, to Como. The ancient route is currently made up of Corso Como and the old via Borsieri. This route was interrupted in 1865 by the construction of the Milan-Varese railway, clearly dividing the two parts of the city that were still emerging. Over the years, Isola became characterized by its working-class component, enhanced by the presence of various factories such as Brown-Boveri and the proximity of large plants such as Pirelli (in Ponte Seveso) and Elvetica (in Melchiorre Gioia), as well as, of course, the railway.
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