Guide To Milan
Milan is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most important fashion capitals, but it also has a wealth of interesting museums and things to see and do. Milan offers all the advantages of a large city, but it is relatively small, thus making it perfect to visit, as tourists can get to most of the city’s attractions and museums on foot.
RESTAURANTS & CUISINE
Italian cuisine is most famous for its best-known dishes: pasta and pizza. But it offers a lot more, with more elaborate dishes based on the scents and tastes of the Mediterranean, but one distinct delicacy is the gelato. Some of the most typical Milanese dishes include Carpaccio, Arancini, Ossobuco Alla Milanese, and some refreshing sweet desserts like Panna Cotta and Zabaione. Milan is also known for its exquisite coffee (well, all Italy actually), like Caffè Macchiato or Caffè Corretto. Either way, CovetED selected a few places to try all of these mouthwatering flavors.
CARLO E CAMILLA IN SEGHERIA
Carlo e Camilla In Segheria offers a concert of clear and unexpected details and flavors, made with very high-quality raw materials, selected according to the seasons, and with products of the region. Led by Top Chef Luca Pedata, the dishes of this modern restaurant are made with simplicity and rigor, reinterpreting tradition in a contemporary version.
Giacomo Milano is in a suggestive, elegant, sophisticated setting, reminiscent of the Milanese trattorias of the early twentieth century. Conceived and designed by architects Renzo Mongiardino, and his successor Roberto Peregalli, the place is evocative of past times, with its wooden paneling surmounted by embossed wallpaper, stucco details, arches, and patterned marble floors. A place to discover the dishes of classical Italian cuisine and savor selected high-quality raw materials. A popular place, beloved by Milanese.
One of the latest artisanal pizzerias on the scene, with three locations scattered across the city, Berberè uses sourdough when making its crusts. The dough rises for at least 24 hours (in some locations, you can even watch the kneading machine at work, which is surprisingly fascinating) and the toppings are all organic. Pizzas are pre-cut into triangles for easy sharing.
PLACES, LANDMARKS & VENUES
While Milan may not be the first city a tourist thinks of when planning a trip to Italy, it has more than its share of attractions, not to mention history. For all its workaholic reputation as the money and business centre of Italy, it’s a city with an influential past and a rich cultural heritage.
The most well-known landmark, the massive Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, which the Milanese call just “Il Duomo” is among the world’s largest (it holds up to 40,000 people) and most magnificent churches, the ultimate example of the Flamboyant Gothic style. It was begun in the 14th century, but its façade was not completed until the early 1800s, under Napoleon.
LA GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
Just outside the cathedral, on the Piazza del Duomo, you can visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, another top attraction in Milan. The place is very photogenic and luminous, with its magnificent arcades and superb dome made of glass and iron. Nicknamed “Il salotto”, the Galleria is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
TEATRO ALLA SCALA
As the name suggests, it’s where La Scala, the famous Milan Opera house is located. Along with the San Carlo Theater in Naples and the Fenice in Venice, it’s one of Italy’s 3 most prestigious operas. Masterpieces of Italian opera have been created here, such as “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini or “Otello” by Verdi. Also, one of the greatest classical singers of all time, Maria Callas, has performed in La Scala.
When we’re going to a trendy place like Milan, we have to complete our stay somewhere stylishly. It’s mandatory, there’s no other way to do it. Especially if we’re attending the Milan Design Week. Here are a few hotels and boutiques to get ahead in your stay in Europe’s design capital.
THE YARD AT AETHOS MILANO
The Yard Milano is a snazzy 30-room hotel in the lively neighborhood of Porta Genova, known for its art and festivals as well as cocktail bars and cafes. Inside, the family-friendly hotel is a contemporary but homely place where children stay for free and one pet per room is allowed. The on-site restaurant, Gipsy, serves eclectic, experimental food.
PARK HYATT MILAN
Milan’s Park Hyatt offers elegant rooms right in the heart of town, each fitted with cream-colored travertine, Venetian stucco, and hand-blown Murano lamps. Michelin two-star restaurant VUN, Andrea Aprea serves exquisite Italian cuisine with a creative touch, and there’s a small spa with steam rooms and a whirlpool bath.
ARMANI HOTEL MILANO
Shades of cream and pearl feature throughout this minimalist designer hotel, with light sandy hues and beige dominating the rooms. Soak in views of the city skyline from the eighth-floor spa, sip on cocktails at the back-lit onyx bar, or feast on superb contemporary dishes at the Michelin-starred restaurant.
EVENTS & EXPERIENCES
.Get inspired by our pick of activities, events, and places that’ll make your visit to Milan a truly special one, either on vacation or business.
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX
Get up to speed with everything you need to know about the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, which takes place over 53 laps of the 5.793-kilometer Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Sunday, September 6.
A new format and an exceptional curator, architect Stefano Boeri, for “supersalone”, the Special 2021 event under the banner of the Salone del Mobile. Milano will be the first large design exhibition to open its doors. Scheduled for 5th to 10th September at Rho, Fiera Milano will reaffirm the centrality of Milan and the Salone on the international design, cultural, and innovation scene.
MILAN FILM FESTIVAL (MFF)
Milano Film Festival has been a production by esterni since 1996. It’s an opportunity to experience places through new visions. For over twenty years, the festival has been the major cinema event in the city; a platform for international independent cinema that risks, experiments, tries, and finds new ways.