Experiences

Local Gems: Our Guide to Milan

Renowned for its global fashion houses and storied architecture, Milan is brimming with world-class museums, frescoed churches and contemporary art galleries. Most of the city’s renowned landmarks are right at our doorstep, so to help you delve deeper into the authentic heart of Milan, our team shares hidden gems waiting for you just beyond the Hotel.

A gift shop with colourful clothing and shoes on display.

WHERE OUR GENERAL MANAGER LIKES TO GO SHOPPING

– Andrea Obertello, General Manager

“A walk through our neighbourhood is always magical; colourful boutiques and pretty cobbled streets create the vibrant atmosphere Milan is known for. I love to sneak into Wait and See, just a few steps from the Teatro alla Scala. It’s a one-of-a-kind store featuring refined, timeless womenswear, handmade accessories and vintage pieces from around the world – I especially love the collection of vintage bags. Going there connects me to the fashion-related soul of Milan.“

An empty lounge or waiting area with wallpaper that looks like leaves and orange velvet chairs

Our Senior Marketing Director’s Go-To DESIGN GALLERY

– Silvia Brighenti, Senior Director of Marketing

“Although famous for its shopping scene, Milan is also home to many design galleries. My favourite is Nilufar, a piece of art in itself, that houses the Bo Bardi Palanti collection I love. Take a tour and you’ll discover the evolution of contemporary design from the 20th century to present day. It’s a journey through art that’s minutes away from the Hotel.”

Delicious pastries in glass canisters in The Gallery Lounge

A Traditional Pastry Shop Find from our Guest Relations Director

– Serap Mesutoglu, Director of Guest Relations

“When I want to catch up with my friends over the weekend, we always gather at Giacomo over espresso and pastries. I love the atmosphere there – you really feel the pulse of Milan from the lively conversations and extreme care that Italians take when ordering their specific types of coffee. I recommend ordering the puff pastry with mascarpone cheese and wild strawberries.”

a lake with a reflection of a historic looking building in Castello Sforzesco, Milan

OUR CHEF’S Source of Inspiration and Serenity

– Fabrizio Borraccino, Executive Chef

“As a chef, nature is my first source of inspiration. Most people don’t know about the beautiful parks in Milan. My favourite is Parco Sempione – it instantly soothes and helps me disconnect after a busy day. The unique landscape – a lake and the iconic brick castle of the Visconti and Sforza families dating back to the 14th century – add to the park’s serenity.”

Where OUR CATERING & EVENTS MANAGER Goes on Weekends

– Eleonora Giannini, Catering & Events Manager

“The Pinacoteca di Brera is a great museum to introduce kids to Italian culture. It houses more than 400 works of art from the 14th to 20th centuries by master painters such as Piero della Francesca, Raphael and Caravaggio. I love to go there on weekends with my children; my son always takes his pencils and a sketch book, and has fun trying to reproduce his favourite paintings.”

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