MILAN — FASHION WEEK: SEPT 18–23
Graceful, striking, and loveably arrogant, Milan has many characteristics akin to the Italian stereotype.
However, as well as being a playground of extravagance and confidence, it’s also an economic, political and sporting hub – along with fashion it’s other badge of honour is football. As one of the world’s undisputed kings of catwalk couture and ball skills, this is one city that has fancy footwork covered from all angles.
FOR THE LADY
What to do… The Triennale Design Museum is dedicated to blue-blooded Italian design, displaying everything from jewellery to furniture. Of course, for the true stylista, no visit is complete without ticking off Via Montenapoleone – the jewel of Milan’s haut fashion district.
Where to eat… The Armani/Nobu (here) is a match made in designer-sushi-heaven. The creative menu, devised by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, attracts the well-heeled.
Where to stay… Not only is the décor at the Bulgari Hotel (here) synonymous with Italian chic, its spa is renowned for its relaxing and lavish treatments. As if that wasn’t enough, its post code sees it sitting just walking distance from the fashion district.
FOR THE URBANITE
What to do… Sometimes you need to go a little further to find the most charming sights. HangarBicocca is a perfect example of this. The former factory has been transformed into a gallery of large-scale art installations. Expect bizarre features including a woman made from photosensitive grass. Closer to the action, the atmospheric Navigli canal quarter hosts regular open-air markets.
Where to eat… They don’t call it la dolce vita for nothing, ignore the calories and indulge in an ice cream at the renowned La Gelateria della Musica (here).
Where to stay… Art Hotel Navigli (here) has charm and quirk by the bucket. Surrounded by waterways and narrow streets, its large minimalist rooms offer a welcome escape. Its location is ideal for those who like to burn the candle at both ends.
FOR THE TRENDSETTER
What to do… The historical Bera district is home to exclusive boutiques, museums and cafes. Be in awe of the fabulous architecture and discover the luxurious concept boutiques.
Where to eat… Grandma’s cooking in a fashionable eatery may sound like an oxymoron, but the trendsetters love to dine ‘della nonna’. Bice (here) is an excellent example of a traditional restaurant with a stalwart reputation amongst modern diners. Think earthy Tuscan flavours with a five-star twist.
Where to stay… Around the corner from the famous La Scala opera house is Hotel Straf (here). The 64 rooms have a quaint rustic edge but all the modcons. The aromatherapy rooms offer guests the chance to rest their muscles after a day of heavy lifting in Milan’s shops.
Images: Getty, Bulgari Hotel