Whether you’re in the fashion ‘crowd’ or not, you will be able to feel that Milan is undeniably the capital of fashion. Art, culture and architecture converge making for a city that will have you skipping fashion parties to stare in awe at the Santa Maria della Grazie, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s permanent marks on the city.
A short walk away from the Duomo, the luxurious Grand Hotel Et De Milan is a hotel with character, charm and a diligent approach to service. No stone is left unturned and after a long day of following the catwalks you can settle down on the bed for a rejuvenating night’s sleep, ready to shop the day away in the surrounding Via della Spiga – Milan’s top luxury shopping district.
When next to the Piazza del Duomo di Milano grab lunch at the top floor of Giacomo Arengario restaurant because as well as providing a great place to take in the incredibly close views of the Duomo, it has delicious prawn dishes a Milanese.
For a spot of shopping – it is Milan, after all – try La Rinascente, the city’s most elegant department store. It celebrated its 150th year in 2015, having been founded by the famed Bocconi brothers, just before the trend of shopping in large ‘cathedral-like’ buildings took off in the late 1800s. It offers a wide range of brands, such as Armani, Zegna and Versace.
What would a trip to Milan be without a cultural visit to the Fondazione Prada. Open for the last two decades, the Fondazione champions art, philosophy and film/cinema, as well as literature, music and science.
Words: Cleide Cardoso & Mariana Vaz