A trendy district of Old Milan (the word Brera
is an ancient German one, meaning "meadows"), with narrow alleys and smart nightlife venues. Until a few decades ago, the Brera Fine Arts Academy was a Little Bohemia, attracting avant-garde painters and writers.
.:. Pinacoteca Nazionale di Brera
In the same palazzo as the Academy - a beautiful building which till the late 18th century belonged to the Jesuits - you can visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Brera, or Brera National Art Gallery, one of the world's major art collections with works by Raphael, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, to mention but a few. For further information on this national art gallery, you can see if there's any exhibitions
In the Brera district you also find centuries-old churches, like the Carmine
as well as some more recent buildings like the Teatro Strehler