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Quintessentially Travel’s guide to Milan


Famous for its contributions to the fashion world and for its chic inhabitants, Milan is the perfect city for enjoying Italian luxury. Its stunning cathedral and Renaissance art make a striking contrast to its modern city life and designer shopping. With the addition of superb cuisine to indulge in, Milan is the ultimate city-break location

Where to rest your head in Milan:

Armani Hotel Milano
Enjoy true style in the heart of Milan’s designer shopping district. With a fully equipped gym and deluxe spa, this hotel is perfect for those in search of a place to relax amid the city buzz. Culture lovers will also appreciate that the Armani Hotel is a five-minute stroll from Milan’s great cathedral, which is one of the city’s most popular attractions. With its restaurant and bar boasting superb views, the hotel is bound to impress.

Hotel Principe di Savoia
Combining old-world elegance with modern-day technology, this is the perfect place to sample Milan’s sophistication. There are two excellent restaurants presenting exquisite Italian cuisine and offering outside seating in a tranquil setting. The popular Principe Bar was designed by architect and interior designer Thierry Despont and attracts a very trendy crowd from this superbly stylish city.

Bulgari Hotel
For spa goers, this hotel certainly will not disappoint. Its very tranquil atmosphere and contemporary design make it the perfect escape after a busy day enjoying Milan’s hectic lifestyle. Situated close to the beautiful Orto Botanico di Brera, one of the Milan’s most appealing green spaces, the Bulgari is a place to enjoy high-class relaxation.

Where to eat and drink in Milan:

Cracco
The inventive and imaginative dishes of chef Carlo Cracco are presented to perfection, and wine enthusiasts will enjoy perusing Cracco’s wine list. The location close to Milan’s cathedral adds to the great appeal of this much-admired restaurant.

La Veranda
Located in the Four Seasons hotel, this elegant and airy restaurant attracts a very fashionable crowd. Celebrity chef Sergio Mei and his team create menus featuring a mix of innovative Mediterranean and traditional Italian dishes.

Trussardi alla Scala
A perfect place for gazing at the striking Milanese landmarks of the main square, Piazza alla Scala, this restaurant serves local cuisine with a creative touch. Frequented by Milan residents and visitors alike, it is certainly offers one of the city’s best locations in which to sample exquisite Italian food. Reserve a table with a view.

What to explore in Milan:

Santa Maria delle Grazie
This stunning church houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, arguably the finest painting of the Renaissance. Given the crowds that descend here, visitors must reserve a 15-minute slot in which to view the fresco – but rest assured it is definitely worth the effort. Built in the late 15th century, the church is now a World Heritage site.

Duomo di Milano
The third largest church in Christendom, Milan’s cathedral is just one of the landmarks that make this city so special. Gaze at the amazing lacy façade (still technically incomplete) and marvel at the 500 years of construction of this building. To enjoy spectacular views of the Alps on a clear day, take the lift to the rooftop.

Pinacoteca di Brera
This art gallery is situated in an area of cool bars, shops and cafés, making it an ideal place to wander to during the day. The collection includes a superb selection of Old Masters alongside some more contemporary pieces. The green and tranquil Orto Botanico di Brera is just behind the gallery, a perfect place to relax in the sunshine.

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