Sitting pretty at the foot of the Alps is Milan – Italy’s financial and industrial hub that also happens to be one of Europe’s great curators of style and taste. The pulse of this fashion capital never seems to slow down. The opulent historic charm embedded in the city’s DNA seamlessly meshes with contemporary design and fast-paced lifestyle trends that are certain to leave first-time visitors with an appreciation for stylish living. Whether you’re taking in the skyline while sipping on espressos or strolling through the storied Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Northern Italian city never fails to impress with its dazzling good looks. At its core, Milan is a wonderful blend of old and new – from the treasure trove of art and architecture to the thriving restaurants and nightlife scene.
Where to Stay
Milan boasts that fascinating blend of contemporary chic meets old world glamor. The city is a smorgasbord of sparkling glass and peeling facades. It’s a fairytale of frescoes, piazzas and gothic spires in the way Italy always is. Yet, it’s also a foray into multimillion-dollar minimalist design and new age luxury. Housed in a renovated palazzo that dates back to 1870, the Park Hyatt is a bastion of Milanese grace and elegance. Ample windows and beautiful outdoor terraces offer spectacular views of the Milan skyline. Italian marble bathrooms, Murano glass lamps and Tai Ping rugs in select suites, are only some of the amazing interior features. Besides the central location with rooms that open onto Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the lavish subterranean spa provides customized beauty and body regiments through an exclusive partnership with luxury French beauty house Sisley.
Our Milan Destination Guide also includes our pick of the top 5 luxury hotels in the city.
Where to Dine
There isn’t a better way to spend time in the days ahead of the Grand Prix than to catch-up and enjoy great company with friends over fantastic food and wine. Italy, after all, is one of the culinary capitals of the world. You won’t fail to find the freshest ingredients, complemented by both generations-old traditions and cutting-edge techniques of the culinary world. Part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Milan, Seta is two Michelin-starred restaurant that everyone is talking about. Head chef Antonio Guida leads his team on a journey creating a contemporary take on the Italian cuisine. The restaurant is located in the hotel’s second courtyard. Palazzo-style surroundings are perfect for dining outside during the warmer months. The visible kitchen gives restaurant patrons the chance to witness the buzzing nature of a Michelin-starred restaurant. The interior inside the restaurant is elegant with beautiful dark teal accents.
Our Milan Destination Guide also includes a comprehensive Restaurant Guide that details the most unforgettable gastronomic experiences in town.
What to Do
When it comes to landmarks, you’re spoiled for choices in Milan. From the world-famous Piazza del Duomo and Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, make your way to the glittering Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade, the world’s oldest shopping mall where you can partake in Milan’s great past time. Every bit as glamorous today as it was in 1877, it houses flagship outlets of Italy’s great fashion houses, including Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Valentino – all natives of Milan. You can also learn all about the town’s stylish history at Triennale Milano, a mesmerizing museum dedicated to all-things design. When you’ve done all the shopping, sightseeing and taste-tripping you can handle, finish off your stay at the enchanting the Spa at the Four Seasons Milano. Housed in the basement of a 15th-century convent, the sumptuous space is an oasis of peace and relaxation – right in the heart of the bustling high-end fashion district.
What to Pack
Milan is a playground for fashionistas and those who are awe-struck by the beautiful aperitif culture. Any trip to this Northern Italian city is a must for lingering over late afternoon cocktails and watching the dwindling sun splash the cobblestones of the nearest Piazza – the perfect opportunity to make an impression with the latest bold designs. Whether it’s an intimate candlelit dinner or a celebration of cocktails with friends, this Bottega Veneta Padded Casette Bag is the perfect complement to any outfit for a night on the town. Constructed from wide strips of patent Nappa leather, this minimalistic crossbody bag is slim, yet also securely holds all your essentials. Take a look at these exquisite Sophie Buhai Sterling Silver and Faux Pearl Earrings for an added touch of class. In a similar style that oozes luxurious minimalism, they’re perfect for making a tasteful, and subtle, statement for just about any occasion.