Where were you born?
I grew up in the residential area between Milan and Como called Brianza. The city of Milan and Lake Como represented the vibrant part of a relaxed life surrounded by a green landscape.
Where do you live now?
I have been living in Rome for about three years. I love the beauty of the city, rich in art and history, and its pleasant climate. Walking around the historic centre and its picturesque vicoli [lanes] is a unique experience.
If money were no object, where would you live and why?
In Rome or Florence because they are both unique cities for art, history and culinary experiences.
Which city is your favourite shopping destination?
Although I like shopping in Rome and Florence, Milan is my favourite shopping destination.
And your favouite restaurants?
Cibrèo, Buca Lapi and Santo Bevitore.
Do you have a favourite local café?
Roberto Cavalli’s caffè for its creamy espresso and, of course, for the fashionable atmosphere.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
Florence’s new opera theatre. It’s a brand new, extraordinary structure and is one of the most modern opera houses in the world. The acoustics are of very fine quality.
Where do you like to celebrate?
Ora d’Aria, a Michelin-starred restaurant offering delicious Italian cuisine.
Do you have a favourite city trip?
A romantic, leisurely boat cruise down the river Arno. On a clear day it’s idyllic.
Can you reveal any secret spots?
The breathtaking view from Lungarno Torrigiani looking towards the Uffizi gallery, or the one from the little hilltop town of Fiesole, which overlooks Florence.
Which do you think is the best attraction in Florence?
The Corridoio Vasariano (Vasari corridor) is the city’s most interesting experience. It is an elevated enclosed passage connecting Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti. An exceptional structural masterpiece, it was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1565.
Which do you think is the best museum in Florence?
The Uffizi gallery.
Which person from Florence do you most admire and why?Ferruccio Ferragamo. He has taken Italian fashion talent all over the world and, in spite of his fame, he’s still a down-to-earth person.
What insider tip would you offer for exploring Florence?
I recommend following your own interests, whether those are culture, religion, architecture or art, as what is a must-see for one visitor may not be for another.