As part of the FuoriOrticola 2019 event organised by Orticola di Lombardia, the 19th-century cloister of the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan will be turned into a luxuriant garden under the direction of Marie Claire Maison editor Cinzia Felicetti.

A haven of rest in the heart of Milan

Part meditation garden, part al fresco art gallery, The secret Garden is a refuge from the hectic pace of city life where visitors can lose themselves in a multisensory experience to satisfy the eyes and mind.

Inspired by Herman Hesse’s story Liebenslied, at the heart of the cloister stands a sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro, Disco in forma di rosa del deserto, framed by a riot of small shrubs, herbaceous perennials and snowy petals.
Completing the fairy-tale atmosphere is a natural soundtrack weaving together birdsong, gushing water and rustling leaves – specially created by composer Alberto Maria Gatti – with perfumed notes of woodlands and flowers.

Tribute to the romantic garden

Its closeness to the Garden of Alessandro Manzoni, a well-known gardening enthusiast, enhances the intensity of the multicoloured, immersive experience in the cloister.
The garden as an untainted space that appeals to the senses and surpasses forms: The secret Garden’s tribute to romantic art.


from 08.05.2019 to 19.05.2019
Opening hours
from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (last admission 6.30 pm).
Thursday until 10.30 pm (last admission 9.30 pm).

Last admission: 1 hour before closing.
Closed on Mondays

Combined tickets valid for the exhibitions and permanent collections may be purchased directly from the ticket office:
– full-price: €5.00 (also available from TicketOne)
– reduced: €3.00
– reduced: €1.00 for European Museum Night (Saturday 18 May)
– free entry: every first Sunday of the month