Milan – one of the most important fashion capitals in the world.
It’s the home of the Ready-to-Wear people, the very stylish and fashionable ones who take very good care of how they’re dressed and look before leaving their homes. The city is full of nice streets and fashion cafés of various designers as Gucci, Armani, Marc Jacobs and restaurants, especially in the areas of Brera and around the “Duomo“. I have been to Milan several times already, but over and over again I enjoy the vibe and especially the style of the city and its inhabitants.
While here a definite must-do is to have a visit to the Cathedral of Milan. From the top you will get a view over the skyline of the city and in my opinion the best time of the day is in the afternoon, at sunset. I’ll add a small remark here: Be careful taking pictures of the Cathedral Square, as many people are trying to sell you small items and just looking for a moment when you’re not taking care of your bag or belongings, so keep your eyes open.The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, which is just next to the Cathedral, is home to several luxury stores like Prada or Louis Vuitton as well as the Gucci Café and the famous bookstore and fashion publisher Rizzoli. Walking straight through the Galleria you will find the “Teatro alla Scala” which is one of the most important opera houses in the world. Not far from here is the Sforza Castle and the Simplon Park which are two great places to spend time during summer, as here you can relax, have a short walk or even a picnic.
Last time I came, it was beginning of January and pretty cold and humid, which is quite normal for this area of Italy during winter, but this kind of weather also creates the chance to wear many stylish clothes combined with nice fur or fur parkas, and well-matched gloves and winter boots. So it´s not a bad period to go for all shopaholics and fashion lovers among us.On the Corso Emmanuele you´ll find basically all important stores as well as the “Rinascente”, which in Italy but especially in Milan offers a huge choice of major brands. On top of the shopping mall they have opened a rooftop bar which gives you a great view of the Cathedral and is worth visiting to have a drink and snack.Whoever comes to Milan of course cannot miss taking a walk on the shopping street: Via Montenapoleone. I was amazed at the Christmas decorations when I came last time, and that literally one superb fashion store is followed by another. Surely I will try to return to Milan for the start of the sales season, which usually begins on the first week of January for the Winter collection and first week of July for the Summer collection. Outlets you can find out of Milan ,aprox. 1 hour drive –Seravalle Designer Outlet and Fidenza Village.
Where you sleep is always an important part of the trip, and therefore I would like to give you a few recommendations of hotels in Milan. Very luxurious and expensive hotels are the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Park Hyatt and the Armani Hotel, which I think are definitely worth spending a night for anyone who has the opportunity. Other great but more convenient options are the Best Western and Meliá which are surely nice choices as well.
Last but not least, Italy is the world’s food capital. In my experience, you’d better have an early enough look to find a place you would like to dine, as the good restaurants are normally fully booked for dinner and open their doors quite late, at around 7PM. A few names I could suggest are the Da Vic – Ristorante Guerrini, the Nerino Dieci Trattoria and the Il Principe dei Navigli.A must-try in my eyes is the panzerotti at Luini in Via Santa Radegonda, very close to the Duomo. I swear it’s absolutely delicious. As I am a personal truffle lover who uses truffle oil or truffle salt also for cooking at home, I would like to make a special suggestion: Try the “Tartufotto” in Via Cusani, 8. They prepare all kinds of dishes, pasta as well as meat, with these “luxury” mushrooms. Try to avoid the restaurants which are located inside of Galleria Viitorio Emanuele because the food is overpriced and quality is medium to low.
What I wore:
Being a tourist in Milan, I chose to dress casual with a Moncler jacket, Louis Vuitton scarf, Dolce&Gabbana jeans, UGG Australia boots, Chanel bag,Chanel gloves, Regina hat.
I hope I have been able to get you interested in a visit to Milan – and if so, have fun!