MILAN: THE CAPITAL OF FASHION & DESIGN
Milan, another favorite city - but I can't think of a place in Italy I do not love or think is a favorite! Milan is the major business epicenter of Italy. It is where all young people interested in business, finance, law, and technology migrate to for internships and careers. Despite being a huge business hub, it has a lovely family friendly environment as well. Walking down the streets, you often see young, chic women and men darting in and out of buildings, grabbing a quick coffee before heading to their next meeting or destination. I love the feeling I get when walking around Milan and I love that I feel love.
The historic district has the famous Duomo di Milano dedicated to the Nativity of St. Mary and is decorated in white marble exuding a truly majestic aura. If you love history and architecture as I do, I suggest reading more about the Duomo here: https://www.duomomilano.it/en/infopage/the-cathedral/53/.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II lies adjacent to the Duomo and is a historic Milan landmark and Italy's oldest shopping gallery. It is housed within a four-story double arcade where the acoustics are perfect, the light is soft, and the smells are so incredibly Italian.
Teatro alla Scala, the most beautiful opera theater in Italy is also close by. I highly recommend attending a show if possible. It has been one of the highlights of my life.
The Brera district is the Soho of Milan and is quite possibly my favorite place to stroll on an easy afternoon in the city. It is filled with eclectic shops and galleries and some very chic hotels. Do not miss a dinner, a chance to shop a bit, or the opportunity to enjoy an espresso and watch the locals as they pass.
Spadari al Duomo
Near the Duomo and gets rave reviews. I love the colors of the room. They are more modern but still warm.
This is where Oprah stays (from what I've read). It is elegant, big, and chic.
Grand Hotel et De Milan
My favorite because it is next to La Scala and close to the best window shopping!
I also stayed there mostly with my mother so my memories are warm and loving. It is an elegant old world Italian hotel. Expensive but worth it.
Antica locanda Solferino
It is in the hip Brera area. It is small and snuggly, and hard to get a reservation, but each time, I have felt so cool and on trend.
Hotel Milan Scala
Lovely hotel with a beautiful rooftop bar.
Out of this world and very expensive but a great splurge!
Hotel Vecchia Milano