Milan has a wide array of homes befitting the city’s status as Italy’s fashion and design capital. As an industrial and cultural powerhouse, it boasts architecture spanning the ages, from the palaces of yesteryear to more contemporary loft spaces. Here are eight of the best Milan apartments for rent right now, all with different architectural styles.
An apartment in a converted marble workshop
Milan is ripe with innovative adaptive reuse projects and this marble workshop is prime example – now converted into a light-filled home. Sitting near the Church of St Christopher, the former atelier has soaring double-height ceilings and glass double doors that lead out to a vine-covered courtyard. A wrought-iron spiral staircase leads up to the sun-drenched bedroom, available to book via Airbnb.
Starting at €135 per night
Canalside warehouse on Via Pestalozzi
Rough walls and concrete surfaces pay homage to this warehouse’s industrial roots. The monochrome home sits next to the Ripa di Porta Ticinese canal and is marked by phantom partitions and skylights. The bedroom is tucked beneath timber trusses on a mezzanine level overlooking the living room below. Take a closer look – and book the Milan apartment via One Fine Stay.
Price on application
Midcentury apartment in Milan’s art district
This Via Santa Marta home is steps from the Duomo in the heart of Milan’s 5vie art and design hub. The one-bedroom Milan apartment is set inside a 1950s residential block, and its stark white interiors are punctuated by bright pops of colour and contemporary design pieces. Rent it via Airbnb.
Starting at €140 per night
A converted convent abode
This apartment sits inside a 16th-century former convent designed by Renaissance architect Bramante and hidden away in Milan’s Magenta district. Recently renovated, the space still retains original details such as its stone arches and doorways – complemented by more recent additions likes its coffered ceilings. Book the apartment via Airbnb.
Starting at £376
Studio Ilse-designed Greenhouse Loft
London-based designer Ilse Crawford oversaw the adaptive reuse of this former garage and launderette into a contemporary ‘greenhouse’ space capped by rustic wooden beams. The holiday home in Milan’s Porta Venezia takes its name from the accents of green running throughout the place. Its owner, Costanza Cecchini, is constantly refreshing the space, bringing in new artwork by emerging creatives such as Uros Mihic and Chiara Belloni, as well as lots of plants. Rent it via Airbnb.
Starting from £86 per night.
Fashion district apartment
This 200 sq m Milan apartment sits on the second floor of a Napoleonic-era palace. Giorla Trautmann Architects restored the 19th-century space in the heart of city’s fashion district back in 2015. Historic features are blended with modern design staples, such as the Nemo armchair by designer Favio Novembre. Rent it via Urlaubsarchitektur.
Starting from €280 per night
Midcentury Milan apartment
With its coffered ceilings, Modernist furniture and colour scheme, this Milan apartment is a throwback to midcentury Italian design. It lies on the site of where Italy’s literary great Alessandro Manzoni was born – just a stone’s throw from the city’s shopping district. Rent it via Airbnb.
Starting from £170 per night.
The Artists Loft
Another of Cecchini’s properties, the Artists Loft is part of an 1800 building again in Porta Venezia. As with the Greenhouse Loft, the holiday apartment’s interiors contrast with the old architecture, including its wooden beamed ceilings. ‘My aim is to create inspiring places where you can relax after an intense day in Milano,’ says Cecchini. It’s also available via Airbnb.
Starting from £85 per night.