Bar Luce & Fondazione Prada Milan

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Unlike Rome, or Florence, I found that Milan is not an obviously touristic city. There is a hidden beauty. You have to dig a little deeper and make an effort to find it. In true Milan style when you do find it; stumbling upon a beautiful old-back street, a jazz concert in the gardens of an art museum, the most delicious pasta and burata sat on the courtyard of a traditional Milanese restaurant – it does not fail to impress with its great Italian flair and style!

The Fondazione Prada is a classical example of this. The museum is situated on the outskirts of Milan. On a rain drenched Monday morning, in a taxi as we drove further into Milan’s industrial zones and as the buzzing glamour of central Milan slowly faded in the distance, it suddenly hit me whether the driver had the right address and whether I had made the right decision (my friends were breezing designer bargains at the outlets)? I was assured the address was right, but my decision remained to be seen. However, once inside the entrance – I found the atmosphere palpable and so distinct and in minutes I was surrounded by the most incredible spatial architecture.

After a morning exploring every inch of the Fondazione, and maybe not quite understanding the exhibits like I should, but hey, maybe that’s the point! Formerly a distillery dating back to the 1910s, now a stunning cultural space turning our imaginations upside down with its whirlwind views on our cultural present. I found it all slightly ironic! The exhibits were interesting, but for me the space itself truly steals the show! And of course the real highlight for me – ending the visit with lunch at Bar Luce designed by film director Wes Anderson. An iconic Milanese café serving up a strong shot of magnetic Italian cinematic glamour – everything you would come to expect in Milan. Et voilà! A couple of images from my morning at Fondazione Prada in Milan…

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Prada 1

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Prada 2

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Fondazione Prada & Bar Luce Milan 

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