Brera, the red light district

Brera, the red light district

In the area that is now one of the most chic and sophisticated of Milan, once stood one of the most famous and sought after red light districts. In Brera one could have performances from a minimum of two to a maximum of 20 lire.
Places of pleasure that spread more and more, up to a certain point counting about ten, three of which in the same street.

The number “17” in Via Fiori Chiari, which was owned and managed by Cesare Albino Bianchi adventurer of Cremona, is perhaps the bordello in Milan more rich in anecdotes and stories.
Like that of Wanda “la Bolognese”: the longest-lived madam in Italy.
Wanda had been the wife of three husbands, a daughter, an average of sixty men a day, thirty abortions and could even afford a Porsche thanks to her brilliant career. Wanda, however, had lost everything in the vice of gambling: in the nineties she was found in the basement of the Central Station as a tramp.
It is said that she was a muse and friend of Indro Montanelli, who was a frequent visitor to bordellos.

The first traces of bordellos in the city of Milan date back to the time of Sant’Ambrogio, who seems to have turned to the authorities to try to stem the problem.