Welcome to Milan
Milan is Italy’s city of the future, a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business, looking good is compulsory and after-work drinks are an art form.
Ruled by the Caesars, Napoléon, the Austro-Hungarians and Mussolini, Milan has an ancient and fascinating cultural history. Mercantile Milan invented the idea of the city-state and the Edict of Milan (AD 313) ended the persecution of Christians. Art collections old and new mark the genius of old masters and provoke new conversations about where the world is headed. Prestigious nights at La Scala and an illustrious literary heritage are balanced by a diverse contemporary music and publishing scene. In short, Milan is so much more than its image as a puritanically work-obsessed city.
A Modern Miracle
Since Leonardo da Vinci broke all the rules in his stunning Last Supper, the indefatigably inventive Milanese seem to have skipped straight from the Renaissance to the 21st-century. Not only is Milan a treasure trove of 20th-century art, but art deco and rationalist architecture abound. Today the city leads the way with the largest post-war re-development in Italy, impressive, sustainable architecture and a futuristic skyline modelled by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and César Pelli. And there’s more to come with ambitious plans to mould the city into a hi-tech hub, home to the likes of Google, Microsoft, Alibaba and Apple.
Living By Design
Though Italian design is world renowned, its roots lie in 1930s Milan – seeing it in a home context offers fresh appreciation. A visit to the Design Museum is a wonderful way to pay homage to the work of Italy’s best and brightest. In addition, Milan is home to all the major design showrooms and an endless round of trade fairs. And it’s not just insiders who have all the fun. Milanese fashion houses have branched out into spas, bars, hotels, galleries and restaurants. So, why not join them for a touch of la vita moda (the stylish life).
Cucina povera (poor man's cuisine) may be the cry of the south, but Milanese cooking is a product of a rich urban culture. Just note the golden hue of its quintessential dishes: cotoletta (burnished, buttery veal) and saffron risotto. It was in powerful commercial cities such as Milan that Italy’s great cuisine was born, marrying Mediterranean fruits, spices and herbs with cooking methods, pastry techniques and eating styles from France and central Europe. Even today Milan continues to push Italy’s culinary boundaries, making sushi and dim sum their own, and holding the highest number of Michelin stars in the country.
Top experiences in Milan
Food and drink
Pasticceria Marchesi in Corso Magenta & Sant'AmbrogioPastries
Seta in Brera & Parco SempioneGastronomy
Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in MilanModern Italian
Tipografia Alimentare in MilanItalian
Pavè Ice-cream in Porta Romana & Porta VittoriaGelato
Berberè in Porta Garibaldi & IsolaPizza
Trattoria del Pescatore in Porta Romana & Porta VittoriaSeafood
LùBar in Quadrilatero d'Oro & Porta VeneziaSicilian
A Santa Lucia in Duomo & San BabilaNeapolitan
Alice Ristorante in Porta Garibaldi & IsolaModern Italian