Most of the cities with a bit of history behind have some little hearts, hidden corners, often unknown even to their more loyal visitors. Milan has many of these unraveled treasures but one of my favorite is the Botanical garden, inside the Brera Palace. The city would be worth the visit just to step in the beautiful Palazzo di Brera were my university, the Academy of fine Arts, is located as well as the Pinacoteca, were you can see countless masterpieces including, just to name two, the Mantegna’s Dead Christ and Piero della Francesca’s Montefeltro altarpiece, the National library Braidense and the Astronomic observatory.
Among all these interesting attractions if you ever make to the building, make sure you visit the Botanical garden. Wanted by Maria Teresa d’Austria in 1774 the garden was a former Jesuit cultivation area since the end of the 1500s and became an institution with educational and scientific purposes for students of medicine and pharmacy. At that time it was prime cultivation of medicinal plants for the partial supply of Apothecary of Brera, destined to public service in the city. After a few years of abandon the garden has been restored and reopened to the public: here you can see a few beautiful pictures Tosca Radigonda shot for us during the Furniture Fair. For the occasion the Botanical garden was used as a location and a lot of people have had the opportunity of visiting such a little green jewel that seems to have the gift of absorbing the confusion and noise of the city giving a harmonious feeling of peace and tranquility in the heart of the metropolis.
Photos(slide show minus first,third,seventh and eight image):©Tosca Radigonda