In this post, two areas are close/parallel
1. Isola neighborhood
2. Milano Porta Garibaldi train station – inside and outsideYou can start the tour route at any of the metro stations close to Isola and finish at Garibaldi, or start at Garibaldi and finish wherever convenient.
Street art tour in Milan - Isola
Isola is known for its rich history, urban development and cultural attractions in the neighborhood. Isola is located in the northern part of Milan, near the Garibaldi area – more information later in the post (Milano Porta Garibaldi), and is considered one of the developing neighborhoods of Milan.
Historically, Isola was an industrial and working-class district, characterized by its factories and train yards. In recent years, renewal and significant urban transformation have made the area trendy and dynamic with a combination of residential spaces, commerce and culture.
One of the key features of Isola is its architecture. The neighborhood combines old and new buildings, with a mix of traditional Milanese-style houses and modern skyscrapers, including the iconic Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, which is a pair of green-covered residential towers that have become a symbol of sustainable urban living.
Isola is known for its diverse community and home to locals and immigrants from different backgrounds, which contributes to its multicultural atmosphere. The streets of Isola are lined with a variety of restaurants, cafes and shops offering a variety of foods and products from different cultures. It is very easy to get to the neighborhood by public transport, with several metro and train stations nearby. Isola combines history, culture and urban renewal and over the years has become a trendy area with a diverse community and quite a bit of street art, making it an interesting destination for tourists and locals alike.
Street art in Milano Porta Garibaldi
At the Milano Porta Garibaldi train station (near Isola) you will find an underpass (a long corridor) inside the train station, one that connects the metro station to the national railway station – the corridor is very rich in pre-approved street art where you can see dozens of large and spectacular murals and at the end of the corridor, you can go up on the stairs and see more works also outside the station.
The Top 5 Places to see Street Art in Milan
Graffiti and street art in the most interesting areas of Milan
Local and international artists have decorated the streets of Milan with an incredible variety of creations, from miniature paper sculptures to multi-story murals. Areas such as Navigli, Isola, Porta Venezia, Tortona, Brera, Ortica have become known for their illuminated murals, for the alternative atmosphere they create, for the variety of artistic techniques, for the mutual respect between leading international artists who work alongside street artists and budding graffiti artists.
The street art in Milan's neighborhoods is constantly changing, and also murals on the facades of buildings change frequently and constantly change the public space. The "Street Art in Milan" series brings together for you everything you need to know about independent itineraries with street art alongside them, an alternative tour with a friendly map that centers all the important street art centers of Milan on one map.
Free walking tours in Milan
Graffiti and street art are a changing and dynamic – the appearance of an art work on the map, does not prove that the work still exists, and has not been disrupted/removed/deleted.
The maps contain about 50% of the art works in those neighborhoods – so you always have more to discover by yourself…
The leading street artists of Milan
Milan is home to many talented street artists and it's hard to name just a few of them.However, here are some of Milan's top street artists:
Ozmo – one of the most famous street artists in Milan, and his works can be seen all over the city. Ozmo's art combines political and social commentary.
Mr. Wany – a well-known graffiti artist who has gained international recognition for his colorful murals. His work often features bold lettering and cartoon characters.
Alice Pasquini – a street artist and illustrator who gained worldwide recognition thanks to her murals and installations. Her work often features portraits of women in a delicate, romantic painting style.
Peeta – graffiti artist and sculptor known for his graffiti and 3D murals. Peeta's work creates an illusion of depth and movement.
NemO's – a street artist who often creates large-scale murals that combine reality and fantasy. His work often includes intricate line work and bold colors, and he is known for his unique and surreal style.
Millo – A street artist known for his black and white murals that often depict small scenes from everyday life. His work can be found in cities all over the world.
Eime – a Portuguese street artist based in Milan, is known for his large-scale murals that often depict abstract shapes. His work combines typography and calligraphy, and he is known for his use of vibrant colors and strong lines.
Solo – a street artist who combines comics and pop art with bright colors and detailed descriptions with touches of pain, suffering and disappointment. His works can be found throughout Milan and other cities in Italy.
This post is part of a dedicated series of posts on street art and graffiti in Milan