Known worldwide as the global capital of fashion and design, Milan is a city bursting with style, beauty and excitement. The Milanese are renowned for their authentic fashion sense and their passion for the finer things in life – an attitude that is shared by Peroni Nastro Azzurro. To celebrate our love of Milanese style, we’ve put together a list of the places to see and the things to do when visiting Milan.
Explore the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
With its glass-and-iron dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floorways, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade is definitely one of the world’s most glamorous (and oldest – it was built in 1867) shopping malls. It is home to the world’s first-ever Prada store, here since 1913, which sits alongside stores from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani and Versace.
Treat Yourself to Some Gelato
The city is full of acclaimed restaurants and charming cafes where visitors can treat their tastebuds, but for a true taste of Milan you’ll need to visit one of its many gelaterias. Milan is known for offering some of the best gelato in the world, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than amongst the beauty of this historic city.
Take in the Views from the Duomo
500 years in the making, this spiked gothic cathedral is Milan’s architectural centrepiece. Its imposing interior contains some magnificent treasures but, for a truly breathtaking experience, climb the 150 steps to the roof. Here, visitors can admire some of the 3,600 statues and 135 spires, many carved from pink Candoglia marble – and get a closer view of the famous gilded copper ‘Madonnina’ atop the tallest spike. On a fine day, the view stretches far beyond the city to the snow-capped Alps.
Take a Stroll Along the Navigli
A network of canals partly designed by Leonardo da Vinci, the Navigli once stretched right across Milan. An area of calm away from the city centre, the bohemian canals are lined with pavement cafés, vintage shops and the occasional gallery.
Soak up some culture at 10 Corso Como
Since opening in 1990, the fashion and design emporium that is 10 Corso Como – with bookshop, café, restaurant, B&B and gallery – has become an essential port of call for any fashionista. Owned by former Vogue Italia editor Carla Sozzani, its interiors feature swirling, organic furnishings and monochrome abstract patterns that create a magical atmosphere.
Step Back in Time at Villa Necchi Campiglio
The beautifully preserved 1930s Villa Necchi Campiglio transports visitors into another world – where glamour, good manners and immaculate taste reigned supreme. The house contains original 1930s furniture by architect Piero Portaluppi and wardrobes still crammed with the former owners’ fabulous designer clothes. Take a tour, then relax in the garden café beside the outdoor swimming pool.