Milan’s Ortica Neighborhood

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Milan’s Ortica District — A Street Art Experience

Sunday, January 16, 2022

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Central Time
Presented in English


Get off the beaten tourist path and discover the Ortica district of Milan — with all of its industrial past and its current cultural changes on display. This colorful and vibrant area of the city is fairly unknown, even to the locals. History is painted on the walls of Ortica, thanks to the many big, beautiful murals that decorate the community, representing iconic personalities and important facts of Milanese and Italian history. Here in Ortica, you will find portraits of partisans, athletes, singers, politicians and much more. A tour of this multicultural neighborhood is a great opportunity to learn more about Italian culture, past and present, as well as to see how quickly Milan is changing.


About Our Guides:


Mirella Maestri

I am Mirella. I was born and raised in Piedmont, in the north of Italy. To me, it’s still one of the most beautiful places on earth. I moved to Milan almost 20 years ago. I have a degree in archaeology and post-graduate specialization in Medieval archaeology. For many years I worked in field archaeology and as a tour guide in both Piedmont and Milan.

Since 2018, I have also been working as a teacher of Italian as a foreign language after obtaining the DITALS certification. I am a life enthusiast, a people person and I love being the bridge between my culture and others. My passions are history, art, languages, travels, food and … fashion.


Debora Zanotti

I was born and raised in Monza, a nice city near Milan. I graduated in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation and studied Chinese and English language and culture. A passion for travel has allowed me to explore art and history and to start a career as a tour guide in Milan. I love this city and its atmosphere. I collaborate with various cultural associations and Milanese tour operators.

Two years ago, I gained the DITALS I certification for teaching Italian to adults given by the University for Foreigners of Siena. I currently teach Italian to foreigners, offering the Italian language in the most entertaining way possible. I like to talk about art, food, politics and cultures with my students.

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