24 hours in Milan

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Fashion, finance, and industrial design converge in Milan, making it unique to its Italian counterparts.


An ever-evolving metropolis, Milan relies on the machinations of modernism as it catapults itself through the 21st century. Haute couture sponsors cutting-edge contemporary art spaces, high-tech swaps philosophies with industrial design, and illustrious architects experiment with environment. 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

That said, Italy’s ironically nicknamed ‘moral capital’ also beautifully balances its progressive present with a rich historical past. A former seat of the Roman Empire, medieval stronghold, and Renaissance republic, Milan has had many incarnations whose remnants are seen throughout the city in its churches, palaces, castles, and museums. The Milanese are known to be proud, and rightfully so – what other city can boast a monumental da Vinci painting, two overly trophied football teams, an internationally recognised opera house, a range of art galleries and museums, and an entire neighbourhood dedicated to haute couture?

Claim a corner at Pasticceria Cova, which has bragging rights for both the most delicious morning pastries and the most fashionable clientele, as Cova reigns as queen of Milan’s trendiest neighbourhood.

Lose yourself in one of Italy’s best art collections, the Pinacoteca di Brera. Located in a 17th century palazzo, the Brera Gallery is home to paintings by Caravaggio, Mantegna, Raphael, and Rubens, among others.

At Via Montenapoleone and the surrounding streets get a fix of world famous fashion. Haute couture’s very best vie for attention, while well-heeled Milanese promenade the cobblestone-streets like a catwalk. 

Cab it to 10 Corso Como, the legendary fashion concept store, gallery, and restaurant. If looking good is an art, consider Corso Como a masterpiece. Pranzo is expectedly stylish both on the plate and on the guests. 

Pick up your heels and head to Parco Sempione, Milan’s largest park. Enjoy the sweeping panoramas with Castello Sforzesco and the Arco della Pace as you head through the greenery – the park was designed to be picture perfect.

The Triennale Design Museum will update you on the best and brightest in industrial and interior design. Visit the permanent collection of ground-breaking design along with cutting-edge temporary shows.

Stand to attention in front of the Duomo as the setting sun glazes its gothic spires. This is Milan’s centre stage and a beautiful representation of the city’s architectural history from the early Renaissance to tomorrow.

Room with a view. Since  the Milanese have perfected the art of the aperitivo, the 7th floor wine bar at La Rinascente and its spectacular view of the Duomo are the very best accompaniment to a glass of Franciacorta.

The evening repast should show off Lombardy’s cuisine. Boeucc, open since 1696, shows off the ideal combination of Milanese gastronomical history and rapt attention to noblesse in its high-vaulted palazzo.

Change gears. Take the next cab to Navigli, the Leonardo-designed canal neighbourhood. Enjoy the original spritz at the eponymous lounge Spritz, then play it by ear – the neighbourhood is lined with bars and nightspots.

Milan, Italy
Distance: 4,359 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 40 minutes
Frequency: 2 flights a day

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