One of the Italian peninsula’s most important seats of power for much of history, Lombardy’s capital blends historic grandeur with modern innovation. A stylish metropolis attracting some of the world’s top designers and artists, chefs and entrepreneurs, Milan has become one of Italy’s trendiest cities.
A farmhouse in the midst of Milan? Best of all, it’s open to the public. The painstakingly restored 17th-century villa has been transformed into a cultural center that hosts events like film nights, art exhibitions, and farmers’ markets in addition to classes in everything from creative writing to yoga. Naturally, this being Italy, there’s also a wine shop and a restaurant that spills out into the airy courtyard.
One of the world’s oldest shopping malls, this four-story double arcade dates back to the 1860s, and the birth of Italy as a unified nation. Its soaring glass-and-cast-iron roof houses ornate mosaics and other artwork by 19th-century artisans, as well as outposts of some of the top luxury brands, including the Prada flagship. The gallery also doubles as the passegiata between two of Milan’s icons: the Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala.
One of Milan’s hippest neighborhoods, canal-lined Navigli attracts well-heeled Milanese to its outdoor cafes and trendy cocktail bars. Wander cobbled streets, pop into artists’ ateliers and independent designers’ boutiques, then pull up a chair at a romantic eatery for a classic aperitivo Milanese of bruschetta, prosciutto, and, naturally, a negroni.
Managed by a former director of the Tate Modern, this contemporary art museum opened in 2004 as a work of art in itself: the building is a converted former factory once owned by the automobile and machinery manufacturing corporation Breda. Now, it’s home to German artist Anselm Kiefer’s permanent installation, “Seven Heavenly Palaces,” and hosts solo exhibitions by major international artists, alongside related events.Learn More
Opened in 1778, this iconic opera house is so intrinsic to Milan’s identity that its season even traditionally opens on December 7th, the feast day of Milan’s patron saint, Saint Ambrose. Not only is La Scala’s opera and ballet considered among the best in the world, but the theater is also home to an impressive museum and library dedicated to the history of opera.Learn More
Join locals lining the cobbled streets to watch jugglers, dancers, and themed floats make their way down the parade route; the festivities continue with a party at the Piazza Duomo.Learn More
Take advantage of free entrance to public museums, concerts, special tours, and tasting events during Milan’s cultural heritage week.Learn More
Founded in 1961 to showcase Italian furniture design, this celebrated event has grown into one of the world’s largest exhibitions of furniture and fittings from top designers around the world.Learn More
Bask in the blooms at the glorious plant and flower show that overtakes the Giardini Pubblici for one fragrant weekend.
Architecture and design fans will want to sign up to tour historic homes and estates open to the public for this one weekend.
Free nightly performances of jazz and classical music held at villas throughout the city.
A trend-setting and head-turning week of shows and galas from the biggest names in the fashion world.Learn More
“Travel back in time by crossing the medieval drawbridge that leads to the courtyard of the Castello Sforzesco. Wander through the castle-turned-museum that houses sculptures, musical instruments from the Renaissance era, and artworks by Mantegna and other Italian masters.”
Built in 1932 as the Palace Gallia, the hotel is a prime example of Liberty-style Art Nouveau architecture, and is protected by Italian Institute of Fine Arts.Learn More
In the Palace Gallia’s transformation into a 21st-century hotel, renowned Milanese architect and designer Marco Piva oversaw renovations of the hotel, adding a new, avant-garde wing and outfitting it entirely with furnishings made in Italy.
Treat yourself at Italy's very first Shiseido Spa and the biggest hotel spa in Milan, a 1,000-square-meter palace of wellness, complete with a hammam, indoor pool, solarium, and more.Learn More