U Barba’s relaxed, informal atmosphere is a welcome contrast to some of Milan’s more traditional establishments and makes it the perfect place for group dining. The large dining room is starkly decorated with vintage furnishings and accents of reclaimed wood, while a similarly understated approach has also been applied to the menu, which is filled with classic Genoese dishes. Located in the lively Porta Romana district, the restaurant is equally vibrant; choose from a menu that includes stuffed mussels, fish soup, and wild boar with potato cakes, before taking on the competition on the adjacent bocce court.
U Barba, Via Decembrio 33, 20137 Milan, +39 02 4548 7032
Erwin Blumenfeld: Blumenfeld Studio – New York, 1941-1960
Focusing on photographer Erwin Blumenfeld’s later work, this exhibition at Galleria Carla Sozzani showcases some of the 20th century’s finest examples of fashion photography. German-born Blumenfeld moved to New York in the early 1940s and soon developed a relationship with Alexander Liberman and American Vogue; this 15-year partnership resulted in more than 50 covers by Blumenfeld. The exhibition features examples of his fashion photography, advertising campaigns and personality portraits. Be sure to note the innovative way Blumenfeld incorporates artistic influences into even the most commercial projects.
Galleria Carla Sozzani, Corso Como 10, 20154 Milan, +39 02 653531
Taking inspiration from the opulent fantasy world of ballet and opera, Château Monfort is one of Milan’s most imaginative hotels. Set within a historic building and designed by architect Paolo Mezzanotte, the hotel features 77 rooms, a conference room, restaurant and well-appointed spa and fitness centre. Each of the rooms are individually decorated, many reflecting the fairy-tale theme with floral and forest-based scenes on the walls. They also feature specially designed furnishings, soundproofing and cutting-edge audiovisual systems. The hotel’s suites are the most closely connected to the fantasy theme, with décor directly influenced by famed operas and ballets including La Bohème, La Traviata and The Nutcracker.
Château Monfort, Corso Concordia 1, 20129 Milan, +39 02 776761