Where do you live?
In the Ticinese area, the old part of Milan where the canals are.
Which is your favourite Milan neighbourhood?
The Navigli, where I live, and Brera.
Which are your favourite Milan stores?
I don’t do much shopping, but if I have to get a feel of what the city has to offer I go to La Rinascente. I also like to discover new places, like the Meriggi gallery, which has a collection of photographs as well as the beautiful garments created by Daniela Vecchi.
And your favourite restaurants?
My favourite would definitely be Rigolo, in the heart of Brera. I love the food, the service and its truly old-fashioned ways.
Do you have a favourite local café?
On my daily walk I particularly enjoy stopping for a coffee at Cucchi on Corso Genova. It also serves delicious sweet and savoury treats.
Any recommendations for food to try?
My favourite dishes are very traditional: risotto giallo, cotoletta, ossi buchi and the cream-filled cannoli from Panarello on Via Spadari.
Do you have a favourite walk in the city?
The one I do every day, from the Auditorium di Milano in Largo Mahler, via La Darsena, Via Vigevano, Porta Genova and back along Corso di Porta Ticinese. It’s about an hour long and always provides some little surprise.
How do you like to travel around Milan?
I always prefer walking if I can. Otherwise I take the tram, Milan’s transport trademark.
Which is Milan’s most attractive landmark?
The Duomo is still full of magic for me, as well as the Galleria and the area around it, from La Scala towards Porta Venezia.
How would you spend an ideal day in the city?
I would find out what is showing in at the Palazzo Reale, at the Triennale and at the new Museo del Novecento. Or head straight to Brera to see the Madonna dell’Uovo by Piero della Francesca. I would also try to book a view of the Cenacolo by Leonardo in Santa Maria delle Grazie and spend the day exploring the area around it.
Can you recommend any good hotels?
I am not very familiar with the hotels in Milan, but if I had to suggest one it would be the Grand Hotel et de Milan in Via Manzoni.
What can’t you live without?
The energetic and dynamic feel of the city, its old corners and secret gardens. And also the attitude of its people, who I always find very kind.