Got 48 hours in Milan?
From spaghetti with a killer view of the Duomo to Wes Anderson's extremely Instagrammable Bar Luce Cafe at Fondazione Prada.| February 24, 2017
Milan has been great. The runways were dazzling, and the city even more so. While fashion week has us all in a mad frenzy dashing from one location to the other, we haven’t forgotten to sit back and enjoy Milan for all the pasta, burrata and cheer it has to offer – even with the thick fog and less than sunny days. Got 48 hours in Milan? Here’s what we’d do (sans fashion week, that is but we do try!).
Kick off the day with brunch at the Giacomo Arengario, Pricier than most, but every morsel is worth every single buck when you check out the view from the balcony and glasshouse interior. A complete and unobstructed view of the Duomo, people, best seat in the house. Pamper yourself with foie gras to good ol’ traditional spaghetti as you take in the magnificent architecture and the neighbouring Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Or, if you’re feeling a little fancy, ask for that steak, medium rare. You’re on holiday, so why not?
Belly now satiated, head to the Duomo for some sight-seeing – if the queue permits – and Instagram the daylights out of the place when you hit the immaculately designed rooftop. Breathtaking doesn’t even cut it. When you’re done and your phone’s storage is near full, get some shopping done at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world with old-world architecture to spare. Revel in its 19th Century grandeur while you empty your wallets to your heart’s content at the plethora of boutiques.
If your inner shopaholic hasn’t been satisfied yet, we recommend hitting Antonioli for more. Not only is it near the canal of Naviglio Grande – and boy, is it gorgeous – it’s also super hip. Hello, fashion people and lovers of all things Vetements, Balenciaga, Off-White, J.W. Anderson and the like. Finally, go local for dinner at Al Pont de Ferr. Go for the prix fixe menu, the traditional menu of five courses paired with wine for that extra touch of Italian magic. If the night’s still young for you, catch an opera show at Teatro alla Scala, although you have to get tickets way in advance.
Start your day with a little quiet at the garden cafe of 10 Corso Como, owned by former Vogue Italia editor Carla Sozzani. How’s that for stylish? Here, you’ll find everything like coffee table books and kitschy tchotchkes to designer duds from Loewe to Marques’Almeida. It’s a big mix.
After which, pay Villa Necchi Campiglio a visit for the classier end of the touristy stuff. Come on, you can’t not to do at least a moderate amount of sightseeing. Not only was the place home to the prestigious Necchi Campiglio family, it is also of 2009 film I Am Love fame, starring one Tilda Swinton.
Where Day 1 was about filling your luggages and making your wardrobes whistle in glee, Day 2 is a little more cultural. Cultural-ish, at the very least. Fondazione Prada is a great museum for contemporary art – and as the name suggests, is also co-chaired by Miuccia Prada herself. It is an alternative to the usual museum fare and a must-go if your trip to Milano is something of a fashion pilgrimage. Alas! Finish the day off with dinner at Bar Luce, located at the foundation and designed by Wes Anderson. The man who gifted the world The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonlight Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox. That guy. Ice creams, pastel chairs and tables and a pinball machine inspired by The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, anyone?
For more of our travel guides and photo journals, head on over here. Photo: Bar Luce, Courtesy of Prada.