Milan very coolly holds the title as one of the most fashionable cities in the world, so I hope you brought an extra suitcase or three.
For a high octave retail rave, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a timeless masterpiece that merges fashion with architectural grandeur. Nicknamed “il salotto di Milano” (Milan’s drawing room), is built as two arcades shaped like a Latin cross covered by a glass dome – make sure you look up. Here you’ll find the best of the best of Italian boutiques and luxury labels.
If vintage is more your fancy (mine is too), head to Corso di Porta Ticinese for an Italian vintage treasure hunt. Be ready to pull up your silk sleeves and dive into a Nona’s archive uncovering 70s silk scarves, 80s disco dresses and 90s power suits.
It would be a disastro not to indulge in an Opera show while you’re in Milan, especially if you find yourself staying at Grand Hotel Et De Milan. La Scala Opera House is a gentle waltz down the road after a negroni or two, a rite of passage for Italian opera dating back to 1776.
For some extra special, and so very close to my heart, my gift to you would be to share in the magic of Carly Paoli – who often performs in Milan. I met this angelic wonder woman in Soho Farmhouse in the UK where she enchanted a room with her classical crossover soprano on a winter’s night before Christmas.
Beloved for her powerful and emotive vocal abilities, Carly is the epitome of Italian romance and dedicated to craft. She has performed at Italian football finals, for royalty, the Pope, and the CAMILLA Tribe on our campaign shoot in Positano. She sang to an unsuspecting bar filled with people from all corners of the world sipping on their Amalfi aperitivo. Time stood still; it was a moment we’ll remember forever. Bravo.