Milan: Fit for a Fashionista

In Editor Picks by LA Travel Magazine

While making the trek through the magnificent country of Italy, Milan is one of the cities you definitely want to add to your itinerary. Located in the Lombardy region of Northwest Italy, Milan is near the Lake District of Como and Maggiore. One of the most fashionable and richest cities in Europe, Milan offers a plethora of things to see and do when visiting. From the largest Gothic cathedral in the world to the Last supper painting and famous La Scala Opera house to name a few.Milan shopping lg

Travelers to Milan will find a fast-paced, glamour filled city with a thriving sense of culture. Hands down one of the best cities in the world for shopping, make sure to bring your credit card and an extra suitcase! Although much of Milan was heavily bombed during World War II, it was rebuilt leaving a structural blend of beauty! Pay a visit to the Galleria next to the world famous Duomo and find yourself immersed in some of the best high fashion shopping you will ever experience. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls and since being refurbished it has become a major landmark in the city. Housed within a four-story double arcade in the middle of the city, it has become a meeting place for the many socialites of Milan. The Galleria was named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy.  It is very rare to be able to shop in a place with so much history and beauty all at once. Located within proximity to numerous European cities, tourists flock here from all over the world to enhance their wardrobe with the world’s best in fashion.

Milan also has a great nightlife scene with many popular nightclubs, cinemas, and cultural events. With all the culture, entertainment and shopping we can’t forget about the world class Italian cuisine! Since Milan is such an industrial powerhouse it has a large draw of international businessmen, fashion designers, media moguls, and tourists by the busload. Milan has also long been a major draw for inter-Italian tourism, so it’s no surprise that Milanese restaurants serve a medley of menu items from various Italy’s regions.

palazzoparigiOne of the top dining experiences in the city can be found at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel. Their gastronomic restaurant serves a succulent blend of Italy’s finest ingredients while giving its patrons a sensational ambiance to dine in. An architectural gem of a restaurant, customers can either choose to sit outdoors in the private garden or indoors where they can enjoy the bold Italian design with a plethora of Italian art ranging from the 17th to the 19th century.  Impeccable service, mouth -watering cuisine and stunning interior design make this a must visit the next time you’re in Milan.

LATM Recommendations: Il crudo di gamberi rossi (raw red prawns), Asparagi verdi fondenti, uovo alla brace, salsa al Parmigiano Reggiano e tartufo nero (Green asparagus, lightly embers cooked egg, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese sauce and black truffle) “Spaghettoro Verrigni” mantecato al Pomodoro (Spaghettoro Verrigni tomato creamed) and of course the standard classic Risotto alla Milanese (Milanese style risotto).

0244_24744_390233402_lThe Baglioni Hotel Carlton is a 5 star hotel situated right in the heart of Milan. Literally footsteps away from the famous Galleria Mall and Duomo you are right at the crossroads of culture, fashion and design. Business or pleasure, whatever your needs are they can be met here. If shopping is your reason to visit Milan the Baglioni is the perfect place to call home while you are in the city. Overlooking Via della Spiga, the most popular shopping street in the city you have definitely come to the right place to rack those credit cards. If you are looking for one of the finer restaurants in Milan look no further than The Baretto al Baglioni. The history of this landmark dining establishment goes way back so at any given time you will find a combination of Milan’s finest mixed with businessman and hotel guests. Being a legendary, historic restaurant in Milan, Baretto al Baglioni was transferred from its original location on Via Sant’Andrea to its now current home the Baglioni Hotel Carlton.