Fondazione Prada is an institution devoted to contemporary art and culture in Milan. The exhibition space has been meticulously created in a historic distillery, complete with stark, modern structures and a sun-drenched courtyard. Bar Luce is a huge attraction here. Its interior was designed by film director Wes Anderson and evokes Italian popular culture and aesthetics from the 1950s and the 60s. This month sees the opening of Torre, a special space dedicated to showcasing key pieces from the foundation’s permanent art collection.
Fondazione Prada, Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milan, +39 02 5666 2611
Located right in the historic gate of Porta Romana, QC Termemilano is something of an unexpected oasis of calm and wellbeing in the city. The holistic wellness centre is equipped with everything you could want of a spa, from an outside pool and whirlpools to a salt room, saunas, steam baths and even olfactory rooms. With its peaceful pools and massage treatments, this is a must-visit for those looking for a spa in the city and for those wanting to take a break from Milan’s busy centre.
QC Termemilano, Piazzale Medaglie D’Oro 2, 20135 Milan, +39 02 5519 9367
Part flower shop, part bistro, Potafiori offers a unique experience in the Porta Romana neighbourhood. The unusual eatery is a beautiful place in which to have a meal or an aperitivo and immerse yourself in striking floral creations. It is open from breakfast to late evening; in the morning you can eat and admire the fresh flowers of the day; at lunchtime you can learn how to arrange bouquets; and in the evening you can enjoy live jazz here.
Potafiori, Via Salasco 17, 20136 Milan, +39 02 8706 5930
Temperatures can sour in Milan during the summer months, and those looking to cool down should head to Bagni Misteriosi (meaning mysterious baths), in Porta Romana. This consists of a large open-air swimming pool and a circular pool surrounded by greenery. The complex was originally built in the 1930s and after years of neglect it was restored between 2013 and 2017. Complete with carefully planted flower beds and with background classical music, this is a peaceful haven. Bring a good book, take a dip and enjoy lunch in one of the white tents here.
Bagni Misteriosi, Via Carlo Botta 18, 20135 Milan +39 02 8973 1800
La Cieca is one of the very best wine bars in the Porta Romana area. Much loved by locals, it has a cool, young vibe and offers a wide choice of top wines, which are served by super-helpful staff. La Cieca also serves delicious food; its hot dishes are vacuum cooked to retain their vitamins and minerals as well as great flavour, and its meat and cheeses come directly from farms.
La Cieca, Via Carlo Vittadini 6, 20136 Milan, +39 02 5843 7901