A  blog is not a blog if I don’t report things that don’t interest my readers but concern me. So let me deviate a bit from my usual cointenance and announce a new step in my carreer. As if you bother. In short, I have moved offices and I am now working with new people in the gorgeous and historic Palazzo Serbelloni. There I will team up with more people in Array, namely cybercrime expert Barbara Indovina, as well as Menichino & Associati and top-notch white collar criminal lawyer Giuseppe Pezzotta

Not that my previous ones in the lovely Piazza Castello, amidst the Financial District and the art-ridded quarter of Brera were unfit or everything. Not at all. Or the people there were unfriendly or else, the contrary, of moving away this is the part I love less. But life is made of choices that have pros and cons.

A short introduction to the new premises. Palazzo Serbelloni is at the beginning of Corso Venezia, one of the main inroads to the center of Milano, which runs from Piazza San Babila to the Spanish Walls in Porta Venezia (in ancient times, where the road toll was collected, or “Dazio”). The building is right on the corner of Via San Damiano, one stretch or the former “Navigli Circle” which flowed around the very center of Milan until the 1950’s. This part of Milan is now famous for the Fashion District, ideally consisting of the fashion quadrilater, formed by Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea and Corso Venezia. In fact, the entrance of the building is just in front of Vivianne Westwood’s shop.

Palazzo Serbelloni - image courtesy of Fondazione Serbelloni (link)
Palazzo Serbelloni, courtesy of Fondazione Serbelloni

The building has a history of its own. Build in the late 18th century on the at-the-time “Corso di Porta Orientale” (East Door Boulevar) by the noble family Serbelloni. Gabrio Serbelloni (Duke of San Gabrio, Marquee of Romagnano, Grand d’Espagne etc. etc.), approved the project by architect Simone Cantoni. The very nice three-orders façade was made of Granite of Baveno (which is near my birthplace) as well as well as Viggiù stone. Here  Vittorio Emanuele II was applauded by the cheering people after Lombardy were annexed to the Sardinian Kingdom after a plebiscite. Here Napoleon stayed three months full of parties and feasts.

Reaching the offices is quite easy. By metro, you take the red line and stop at San Babila. You seek the exit to Corso Venezia, and down Corso Venezia you go. Corss Via San Damiano and there you are. By train, depending on where you arrive, you always have a short haul via Metro. In Cadorna, where the Malpensa Express arrives, you can take the red line. In Garibaldi you take the green line until Cadorna and therefrom to San Babila (in the direction of Sesto FS), or otherwise until Loreto, and therefrom take the red line to Palestro (which is on the other side of Corso Venezia). In Centrale you have the option to take the green line and here also go to either Loreto or Cadorna, or perhaps better take the yellow line and go to Duomo (in the direction of San Donato) and change to the red toward Sesto FS, the next stop is San Babila. Or maybe you want to stop an Montenapoleone and to a stroll in the fashion district.

From the airports it’s very easy too. From Malpensa, you can take the Malpensa Express and arrive in Cadorna (see the paragraph above). From Linate, you can take the line 73 bus, which is an express line, and arrive in Via Durini/PIazza San Babila. Keep the fountains in the square at your left and you hit Corso Venezia quite easily.

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