Local Gems: Our Guide to Milan

Renowned for its global fashion houses and storied architecture, Milan is brimming with suggestive surroundings, world-class museums, frescoed churches and contemporary art galleries. Most of the city’s renowned landmarks are right at our doorstep, while unique destinations await just a few miles away. Follow us and immerse yourself into these hidden gems as recommended by our team.


– Andrea Obertello, General Manager

“A jaunt to Lake Como is always magical; mountain-rimmed shores and historic villas create the idyllic atmosphere this lake is known for. It’s a one-of-a-kind destination just a few miles away from the Hotel. I love to discover all the beautiful towns of the area or embark on a cruise ship tour, the most exciting way to enjoy its suggestive panorama.“

Our Senior Marketing Director’s Regional Winery Insider Tips

– Silvia Brighenti, Senior Director of Marketing

“Milan offers a strategic location to explore some of the best parts of Italy. I love to visit Franciacorta, a region famous for producing Italy’s finest sparkling wine. Considered one of our best-kept secrets, Franciacorta is a unique place surrounded by mountains, colourful hills and historic towns. I highly recommend organizing a tour of the wine houses, including Fratelli Berlucchi, Bellavista and Ca’ del Bosco – there’s a great selection to choose from, giving you a journey through the Italian winemaking process that’s only an hour away from Milan.”

Delicious pastries in glass canisters in The Gallery Lounge

A Traditional Pastry Shop Find from our Guest Relations Director

– Serap Mesutoglu, Director of Guest Relations

“When I want to enjoy an espresso and traditional pastries, I always visit Giacomo. I love its atmosphere – you really feel the Italian culture as they welcome you with such care. When ordering your specific type of coffee, they always remember what you like. I recommend ordering the puff pastry with mascarpone cheese and wild strawberries.”

a lake with a reflection of a historic looking building in Castello Sforzesco, Milan

OUR CHEF’S Source of Inspiration and Serenity

– Fabrizio Borraccino, Executive Chef

“As a chef, nature is my first source of inspiration. Most people don’t know about the beautiful parks in Milan. My favourite is Parco Sempione – it instantly soothes and helps me disconnect after a busy day. The unique landscape – a lake and the iconic brick castle of the Visconti and Sforza families dating back to the 14th century – add to the park’s serenity.”


– Eleonora Giannini, Catering & Events Manager

“The Pinacoteca di Brera is a great museum to introduce kids to Italian culture. It houses more than 400 works of art from the 14th to 20th centuries by master painters such as Piero della Francesca, Raphael and Caravaggio. I love to go there on weekends with my children; my son always takes his pencils and a sketch book, and has fun trying to reproduce his favourite paintings.”