Victor explores: Milan

Milan Fashion Week is in full throttle right now, transforming Italy’s second city into the best-dressed place on the planet (for seven days at least).

All eyes are on Gucci’s creative director – and commercial saviour – Alessandro Michele, who is expected to unveil a blockbuster of a show designed to build on the brand’s recent success in turning its flagging fortunes around: expect to be surrounded by his gender-fluid, old-school creations in ballrooms and boardrooms sooner than you can say “back to the future”.

For those looking to kick off their heels and step away from the catwalk, here are Victor’s insider picks for one of our favourite European pit-stops – hemlines aside, these gems are good for any time of year.

Victor’s Picks


1. Ristorante Giacomo Arengario

If classic bistro fare is your thing, then this is the place for you. Perched on top of the Museo del Novecento, the restaurant’s décor reflects the museum’s 20th-century collection and boasts fine views of the Duomo across the eponymous piazza.

2. Bar Basso

Always packed during Fashion Week, this is where you’ll find the great and the good of the couture world spilling out onto the streets until the early hours of the morning. Try a signature Negroni Sbagliato or two – but make sure you don’t have an early wake-up call lined up.

3. Villa Necchi Campiglio

The true star of the film I Am Love, this 1930s residence was built as a stage for the real-life drama of the industrialists living there. Tucked away in the centre of town, it’s the perfect place for some quiet contemplation amid the madness.

4. Ristorante Marta

Owned by local legend Rossana Orlandi and boasting gallery, gardens, and a place to eat, this is where cooking and culture come together.

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