Eleven of them in Milan.
The Lombardy regional administration has awarded the status of “historic activity” to 29 businesses across the region, including 11 in Milan.
From pharmacies to restaurants, shoe shops to butchers’, the outlets of various kinds, including a weekly market, are deemed to bring “historic and artistic prestige” to their surroundings and to keep traditions alive, and to be worthy of support by their local municipality.
These new entries are now listed among the around 1,500 businesses in the region with a history of over 50 years of activity.
The oldest by far to be admitted this year is the Friday weekly market in Montichiari, province of Brescia, which has been going strong since 1647.
The second oldest is the Zatti bakery in Tavernola Bergamasca’s Via Chiesa, founded in 1849. Two others also date from the 19th century, the Farmacaia XX Settembre in Crema, founded in 1855, and Milan’s Villa pastries and coffee-shop in Piazzale Cadorna, from 1896.
All the other winning activities date from the last century. In Milan itself, these include Premiata Trattoria Arlati (1936), Antonio Bega’s fish shop (1958), Calzatura Beretta shoe shop (1927), Bruno Bernasconi household wares (1921), La Musicale musical instruments and sheet music store (1964), Claudio Boati stationery and toy shop (1942), Orologeria Zebedia (1947), Brigo butchers’ (1964), Arienti furnishing (1931) and the Nano Blu toy shop (1949).