The Modern Man in Milan
As the new season draws in, it brings with it a desire for unabashed sophistication – perfectly-cut tailoring, sharp suits, luxurious fabrics and fascinating prints. This is Autumn/Winter 2018 crafted in the Gagliardi way, with a sense of style and refinement that instantly transports you to one of the most breathtaking cities in the world – Milan. Below, we’ve listed our favourite places to visit in Milan.
1. The Brera Gallery
As a powerhouse in the boardroom, or a sweeping traveller, every moment of your downtime is earned to pay homage to the very best of Milan’s galleries. Some might even argue that it is sinful to visit any Italian city without indulging in some form of art.
Situated in the heart of the charming, bohemian Brera neighbourhood, in a beautiful 17th century building, the Pinacoteca holds more than 500 Renaissance art works dating from the 14th to the 20th century. Past the courtyard filled with art enthusiasts, lie masterpieces by Andrea Mantegna, Raphael, Piero della Francesca, Francesco Hayez, and Caravaggio.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, this is our kind of ‘therapeutic’ rendezvous into a world of honoured artists, scientists and art patrons.
2. A visit to Leonardo’s vineyard
Being Italy’s fashion capital and fulcrum of many business fora, Milan’s streets never seem to slow down, more so, after a hard day at work on a world-famous fresco.
This is exactly why Leonardo Da Vinci can provide us with the ideal getaway from the hustle of the city – somewhere peaceful to relax with a glass of wine from the world famous Lombardy vineyards.
Whilst finishing the painting of the Last Supper, Leonardo was gifted a vineyard in Milan, where he would enjoy, for many years, a quiet escape across the road from his renowned masterpiece.
Now that it is open to the public, we highly recommend visiting the vineyard for a breath of fresh air in Da Vinci’s retreat.
If you’re one to enjoy a glass of wine, you’d be pleased to know that after a decade of research including genetic testing, they now hope to be able to produce the same crisp white wine that the Renaissance genius once enjoyed from his own estate.
3. Ristorante Cracco
And what is a trip to Italy without a delectable plate of spaghetti al pomodoro?
In Milan, you will be spoilt for choice. Knowing where to look is key, and just a few steps away from the Duomo, right under our noses, you will find the Michelin-starred Ristorante Cracco.
Helmed by Alain Ducasse protégé Carlo Cracco, the food is delicate and beautiful, fusing Milanese classics with ingredients like lobster, uni, and foie gras.
The Restaurant harks back to the city’s golden age, with lavish interiors that match the grandeur of its 19th-century surroundings. Design work done by Studio Peregalli, it’s also a delight to be dining in such an exquisite place.
4. Marchesi 1824
Take a break from exploring the milanese streets, and indulge at this incredible pasticceria designed by Roberto Baciocchi.
Since 1824, Pasticceria Marchesi has been known in Milan for the excellence of its freshly baked pastries, cakes, cookies, and candies, as well as for being a place for a quick lunch or after-work cocktail.
Perfect for impressing your hosts on a business trip or simply for a loved one back at home; their gift boxes are a delightful treat!
5. Teatro alla Scala
It’s time to polish your good shoes, and dust off that great tux in your wardrobe that you hardly have an occasion to wear.
Teatro alla Scala in Milan has hosted many of the greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world. Make sure you check what’s on schedule whilst you are there and reminisce about all the old Hollywood glamour.