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Lorenzo Bises talks about Milan

The author of "Milano Mon Amour" takes us inside the secrets, the beauties and the misunderstandings with the city

By Fabiola Graziosi

Lorenzo Bises, in art on Instagram simply Lorenzo Bises, explained me in a very simple way the city that captures anyone who sets foot there.

 

Hello Lorenzo, tell the readers of Acrimònia who you are.

I’m Lorenzo, half Roman and half Milanese. I moved to Milan at the age of 8... I don’t speak Roman.

Until some time ago I was working in the PR world, then in 2020 I decided to make the most of my social channels already having an active community.

And then what?

And then I started organizing the time of my new days. Clearly the city tours then called "military" for me were already the order of the day.

I did what comes naturally to me: pedal like a madman around Milan.

 
 
 
 
 
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Let’s talk about the book, did that come spontaneously? 

I always dreamed of writing a book, I always wrote it. It was not in my plans at the time, but Vallardi Editore contacted me and... how to say no?

What was it like to write it? 

Wonderful. I built the book exactly as I wanted, there were no bans or forcing.

It was my first experience and for this reason I set my days with a precise rhythm, so as to have an organization that did not waste my time. Fortunately, I managed to get everything together.

 
 
 
 
 
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Did you go back to all the places before writing the tours?

Absolutely yes, out of necessity and pleasure.

The difficulty I encountered was in relation to the museums, we were in a pandemic and not all of them were open or up to date. Over time I was happy to rewatch the shows. 

Tell me what your connection with Milan really is.

I am very attached to this city, between me and her it was destiny. Do you know what I said as a child to my aunt in front of the Duomo? "Our Lady is my life!". I don’t know how that phrase came out, but it’s quite emblematic.

 
 
 
 
 
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What do you remember about the city? 

Many: the barber, the Rotonda della Besana, the Christmas lights of Corso XXII Marzo, the noise of the tram, the toy shop where I took cars, the view of the Duomo from the window of my grandparents. Pieces of life that I carry in my heart and in my head.

 
 
 
 
 
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In Milan, do they label you according to the neighborhood in which you live? 

Unfortunately, very often it does. It’s a dynamic that doesn’t make any sense from my point of view. Everyone has the right to find their own dimension based on their personality. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Okay, so let’s play a game: what neighborhood would you recommend to a "normal person"?

Casoretto: suitable for everyone, collected and on a human scale.

To a businessman? 

Banal but Gae Aulenti: calls and ties all day long!

Where do we put the artists?

Definitely Nettle. Small spoiler: disgust the fashions but splash there. 

What about the Boomers?

The safety fortress of Brera: "Milan is only within the circle of the Naviglio!".

What about the vegans?

Porta Venezia: trendy clubs, trendy vegans.

Well despite this, however, in Milan you feel immediately welcomed even from outside...

It’s true. Milan could ideologically appear to be a big, cold and dispersed city. In reality, the life of the neighborhood is a lot. Each district has practically all the useful services, so it is very simple to build a network of landmarks. 

Is Milan an open city?

I’m sorry about what is called the city of marketing. The story that over the years has unfortunately told this. It is certainly a dear city and therefore maybe less accessible economic side, but there is much you can do even at no cost. 

Many of the activities I recommend within the book are free.

 
 
 
 
 
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A curiosity about the city of Milan?

I love princesses and aristocratic ladies. Did you know that at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana a lock of blond hair is kept of Lucrezia Borgia?

But tell me the truth, in the book did you tell just about everything you know about the city or did you keep something for yourself? 

Mmm... I guess I was pretty generous. I had this impulse at first, but then I thought that all the places I love deserve to be in line at the door. I’ve worked out everything I live.

 
 
 
 
 
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Acrimònia, literally: bitterness, harshness. What tour of Milan would you recommend?

This is complex. But I think the Liberty one, it split an era, especially in Milan.

 
 
 
 
 
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"Milano Mon Amour" is the book by Lorenzo, my friend now waiting for a simple cappuccino on one of these mornings at the bar.

If you are a lover of Milan, if you are fascinated by Milan, if you want to move to Milan read it. If you don’t want to move to Milan read it and get ready to choose your favorite Milanese neighborhood to live in.