Here’s another note on Milan, the beautiful city that is the setting of our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The Revenge of the Milanese Butcher! The notes coming your way over the next few weeks are all related to the book in one way or another. We hope you enjoy them!
Yes, there are still well kept secrets in the middle of Milan. The Vivaio Riva (vivaio means nursery) is situated near the Medieval Porta Ticinese and the Columns of San Lorenzo. Down a quiet road there is the entrance to this dreamy little garden retreat where the local Milanese purchase their roses and azaleas, gardenia, and wysteria. They have fruit trees and young sycamores too, and for more international requests there is bamboo and palm trees.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city chaos and wander around this idyllic green haven (even if you’re not shopping for plants), and while you linger think of the contrast between the lush greenery, colorful flowers and fruit trees (a veritable “urban jungle”) surrounded by church bells, tram lines and trendy shops beyond. The secret, as always, is simply knowing where to look.
Vivaio Riva – the Riva Nursery – on Via Arena, right in front of n.7
Remember… the Vivaio Riva and other unique places, history and aspects about Milan in our gastronomic murder mystery The Revenge of the Milanese Butcher, ItalianNotebook Press, available on Amazon.