Whilst a self-assured sense of style and a passion for ‘the beautiful game’ will get you far, there’s more to Milan than just fashion and football. Home to both striking modern landmarks like La Torre Arcobaleno and Il Bosco Verticale, as well as historical buildings like the ornate Teatro alla Scala, there’s plenty to discover in this cosmopolitan city.
To see Leonardo Da Vinci’s the Last Supper in the flesh you must book in advance, but you can admire the imposing Gothic cathedral, Il Duomo, or browse the window displays at the world’s biggest fashion houses at any time. As the sun sets head to the Navigli neighbourhood and stake your place at one of the many bars and restaurants overlooking the canalside for a picturesque aperitivo.
Milan Design Week 2017
For one week in April, Milan hosts a multitude of design related events, exhibitions and presentations. Everyone gets involved, from small independent studios that open their doors to the public, to international brands who premiere their latest collections to the crowds. The furniture expo, Salone del Mobile, is open to the general public at the weekend for a €30 fee, while Fuorisalone mainly takes place in the Brera, Tortona and Ventura districts. Explore the mostly free events by foot or check the schedule online.
4-9 April, www.mimag.it/milan-salone-del-mobile, fuorisalone.it
If you missed the hugely popular ‘LOVE. Contemporary Art Meets Love’ exhibition in Rome, you can now catch it in Milan at Palazzo della Permanente. Palazzo Reale hosts ‘Keith Haring. About Art’, examining the artist-activist and his inspirations. Also at Palazzo Reale are over 55 paintings by French painter Édouard Manet as well as works by his contemporaries Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet and Renoir in the exhibition ‘Manet and Modern Painting’.
Check gallery websites for details.