11 luxurious things to do in Milan

October 18, 2014

To Stay

1. Boscolo Milano

This quirky, design-led hotel may be retrofitted into an old 1920s bank building, but it is a shrine to luxury and modernism. Slick, adventurous and a whole lot of fun – it also has an excellent spa. Details: milano.boscolo hotels.com

2. Park Hyatt Milan

In the thick of the city’s luxury quarter, this palatial boutique hotel dates back to 1870 and showcases interiors designed by Ed Tuttle. Make sure you check out Anish Kapoor’s remarkable work Untitled 2013, on display in the lobby. Details: milan.park.hyatt.com

3. Principe di Savoia

A Milan landmark, this grand, five-star hotel has hosted the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Mick Jagger and David Beckham in its impressive three-bedroom Presidential Suite – the only suite in the country with its own private spa. Details: dorchestercollection.com/hps [gallery link="none" ids="9573,9574,9575"]

To Go Out

4. Gold

Mirrored and metallic surfaces dominate this superbly over-the-top bar. Owned and run by fashion heavyweights Dolce & Gabbana, it is a regular for models and Fashion week aftershow parties. Dress to impress. Details: dolcegabbana.com/gold

5. Diana Garden

The botanical garden-esque courtyard is as unexpected as it is beautiful. Although with its reputation as a hot-spot for the coutured elite, what is less unexpected is spotting Kate Moss sitting at the bar waiting for you to buy her a drink. Details: sheratondiana majestic.com

6. Bar Basso

What this cocktail bar lacks in grandeur it makes up in character and history. As the originator of some of Italy’s most famous cocktails, it packs in the crowds, which often spill out on to the street. Details: barbasso.com [gallery link="none" ids="9576,9577,9578"]

To Eat

7. Cracco

If you go to Milan, you eat two things: risotto Milanese and veal Milanese. Where do you go if you want veal Milanese at a two Michelin-star standard? Cracco. It’s not the most awarded restaurant in Milan for nothing. Details: ristorantecracco.it

8. Trattoria da Giannino

When Mario Balotelli made his much-awaited transfer to AC Milan, he followed a trend of big-name footballers to have signed their contracts at Giannino. It helps that the club’s owner Silvio Berlusconi also owns this classy, high-end, Italian restaurant. Details: giannino.it

9. Dal Bolognese

Despite the much praised kitchen, most people don ́t come to Dal Bolognese for the, uh, bolognese. This is the kind of place where you give the paparazzi a quick tip-off before heading there for lunch. As you would expect, the restaurant is beautiful, with big windows and an elegant décor, while the service is nothing short of impeccable. Details: dalbolognese.it [gallery link="none" ids="9580,9581,9582"]

To Do

10. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The towering glass-roofed arcade, adjacent to city’s famous Duomo cathedral, is not only a stunning work of architecture, but it is also considered to be the world’s first ever shopping mall. Opened in 1867, its designer Giuseppe Mengoni pioneered its complex marriage of iron and glass 20 years before the Eiffel Tower was built. Details: visitamilano.it

11. La Scala

As one of the world’s most famous opera houses, watching a performance at La Scala should be on everyone’s to do list. Inaugurated in 1778, it has become a symbol of national pride thanks to the premieres of great works by Puccini, Verdi and Bellini. Recent restorations have future-proofed the opera with fluid scene changes and seat-back screens, which offer an instant translation of lyrics. Details: teatroallascala.org [gallery link="none" ids="9585,9584"]