Welcome to Milan
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Often described as Italy’s most fashionable city, Milan is effortlessly striking from the outset. Architectural masterpieces such as the Duomo will render you speechless and priceless pieces of art like The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci will leave you feeling inspired by the impact it still has on society some 500 years after it was painted.
Indulge in some shopping in the Golden Rectangle which is aptly named due to the volume of high-end designer boutiques that have made their home here such as Prada, Versace, Chanel and Armani. It’s the ultimate destination for haute couture.
After a spot of shopping you’ll find many elegant and chic cafes and patisseries that will transport you back in time to a more refined era where opulent chandeliers hung from the ceilings and ladies would rendezvous over lunch or coffee and cake.
Milan is a city which oozes with culture and a trip to the world’s most famous theatre, Teatro all Scala where you can watch world-class ballet and opera performances shouldn’t be missed.
If you’re looking for a cruise and stay experience in a city which is a treasure trove of history, design, cuisine and culture then you’ll find all that and more in Milan. Read our travel guide below to find out just a handful of the highlights this epic Italian city has in store for you.
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RESTAURANTS IN MILAN
Part florist, part restaurant, Fioraio Bianchi looks like the backdrop of a high-fashion photoshoot. The walls are artfully scraped down giving it a shabby chic appeal and the large bouquets of flowers provide the blooms of colour. The menu here is focused on delivering traditional Italian dishes with a contemporary flair.
At Dry you can enjoy gourmet pizzas created by skilled Chef, Andrea Berton. There’s also an intriguing cocktail menu with options such as Gin Gin Mule which includes gin, mint and ginger beer.
Whilst this is more of a patisserie than a restaurant, we just had to give it a mention. Cova Milano was first established in 1817 as a literary cafe which became a fashionable rendezvous point. The decor of Cova is still as elegant and refined as it was when it was founded over 200 years ago. Visit Cova for a cup of tea or coffee and some of the most delicious cakes and pastries available in the city. If you’re looking for a treat to bring home for a friend or family member then a box of Cova’s finest chocolates should do the trick.
Prepare all your senses for a dining experience at Contraste. It’s not simply somewhere you go to enjoy a meal, it’s somewhere you go for a culinary adventure. The dishes here are designed to tell a story and whilst some are inspired by pop culture like their Pulp Fiction dish which looks like blood, bullets and cocaine on a plate, others are more sedate and inspired by the ingredients which are available.
Located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the highly acclaimed restaurant Seta which has been awarded 2 Michelin Stars. The restaurant is operated by Chef Antonio Guida and the decor is contemporary and stylish. The menu offers an exciting array of traditional Italian dishes with a contemporary twist.
Located in the Hotel Sheraton Diana Majestic, HClub is a favourite for the fashion crowd as a summer drinking scene. The garden here is stunning with its magnolias, cyclamens, water fountain and mature trees.
If you want to dance until the early hours, then head to Alcatraz – one of Milan’s most popular night clubs. Each evening brings with it a different theme and style of music from Peace and Love parties inspired by the 60’s and 70’s to the slightly more intense music of Papa Roach.
Bar Basso has an authentic atmosphere which is reflected in the decor and choice of cocktails including signature Negroni Sbagliatos which are a mix of sweet vermouth, campari and slightly sparkling wine garnished with orange peel and served over ice.
When you first walk into this bar which appears very unassuming from the outside, your first thoughts will most likely be ‘What have I just walked into?’ but the unique decor isn’t where the surprises end because the cocktails here are on another level. Dressed up in all sorts of manners from scientific beakers and syringes to beach shells, each is a carefully thought out mixology masterpiece. Some of the more extravagant cocktails are complemented with an item of food that will enhance the flavours. Nottingham Forest was founded in 2007 and it’s consistently voted as one of Europe’s best bars.
EVENTS IN MILAN
Milan Fashion Week
Fashion Week occurs twice a year in Milan; the Autumn/Winter event is held in February/March and the Spring/Summer show is held in September/October. Whilst many of the shows are by invitation only, there are some which are open to the public. If you have a passion for fashion, you might just enjoy watching the guests turning up so you can check out their outfit choices.
La Notte Bianca
A white night in Italy usually means a sleepless one! For one night each year (usually mid June), bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and cinemas prepare to celebrate and stay open until the early hours of 6am.
Mercarto dei Fiori
Held along the canal, this flower fair adds a splash of colour to Milan as over 200 nurseries and horticultural schools come from all over Italy to create displays. The Mercato dei Fiori is held every year in April along the Naviglio Grande.
This is one of Europe’s biggest contemporary art shows and it welcomes artists, dealers, critics and collectors from all around the world. If you’re interested in attending it’s held in early April.
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
This notable furniture fair welcomes top designers from around the world who display their exquisite furniture and fittings for visitors to browse. If you have a keen interest in interior design this is definitely one for you. The event takes place in Rho in mid-April.