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Famous as one of the fashion and design centers of the world, Milan is also the economic capital of Italy. The city’s geographic location is a fantastic entry point to visit the Italian countryside to the south as well as Lake Como and Lake Lugano to the north. In fact the ancients knew it was a convenient location as well, as the name is derived from the Latin Mediolanum, meaning in the middle plain.
While Rome is Italy’s political heart, Milan is the financial and economic hub of the country. Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana are headquartered here. The three luxury fashion brands gained international prominence in the 1980’s and the city saw a modern boom along with them.
Milan has a mix of midlevel and modern architecture with the Piazza Duomo’s Milan Cathedral and its thousand spires a particular standout. The church is the fifth largest in the world and took nearly 200 years to complete.
The designer retail options are unmatched the world-over in Milan and if you’re here for business your meetings are likely taking place at one of the city’s posh restaurants. Make sure that while you’re here you take advantage of the incredibly scenic mountains and lakes to the North that you can see in the distance from anywhere in the city.
Among the most sought after reservations in Milan is Ristorante Cracco, right in the heart of the city. It has a modern ambiance and the dishes are updated but have roots in the Milanese culinary tradition. Order the tasting menu and get ready for a spectacular foodie experience.
Head North to the Shores of Lake Como
At the base of the mountains that are the backdrop to Milan is Lago di Como, a beautiful body of water carved out of the Alps by ancient glaciers. For centuries the area has been a retreat for the rich and famous. Reserve a lakeside villa here for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Aimo and Nadia founded the restaurant in 1962 and have dutifully operated it along with their daughter Stefania at this location on Via Montecuccoli ever since. Il Luogo has been awarded two Michelin stars among a long list of other awards and is known for its fresh local ingredients and classical Italian cuisine. Their wine cellar is extensive and there is an expert sommelier on hand to suggest a pairing with your meal.
At Sadler Milano each dish on the menu is marked with its year of creation as we’re used to seeing on works of art in a gallery. This seems appropriate in a restaurant where both the interior and the culinary offerings act as wonderfully blended works of art. Clauio Sadler has guided the establishment to two Michelin stars and a distinguished place among the very top Italian restaurants.
Chef Carlo Cracco is revered around the world for his inventive cuisine and has been awarded two Michelin stars for his work at the Milan restaurant that bears his name. Conveniently located in the city center Cracco is the place see and be seen in Milan. Within a setting designed by architects Gian Maria and Roberto Beretta, Cracco offers up a modern twist on light Italian classics. The impressive wine cellar specialises in 1800’s labels specially selected to complement the ever evolving menu items.
Opened in 2011, this is the 2nd hotel to open under the Armani brand after the well publicized opening of the Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa. The Armani style oozes from every corner of the property which has 95 guestrooms and suites. Each design element has been personally designed by Giorgio Armani and that attention to detail is especially evident in the 1000 square meter Armani/Spa.
The Four Seasons opened in 1992; emerging from the renovation of a 15th century church convent. Its location could not be more ideal; nestled between via Montenapoleone and via della Spiga, which are the two most exclusive streets for designer shopping in Italy. The spectacular property has 118 rooms and three restaurants to choose from.
Located in Bergamo, in the foothills of the Alps, the Relais San Lorenzo has a modern feel within the walls of its suites, but the architecture is integrated with the ancient Church of Carmine. The bar and restaurant still have the old Roman walls, which give the property a very unique feel.
Location: Bergamo, IT
Type: Mixed Use
Callsign: BGY - LIME
Runway Length: 9630ft/2934m
Distance: 54min NE of Milan
Location: Segrate, IT
Type: Mixed Use
Callsign: LIN - LIML
Runway Length: 8012ft/2442m
Distance: 25min E of Milan
Location: Somma Lombardo, IT
Type: Mixed Use
Callsign: MXP - LIMC
Runway Length: 12861ft/3920m
Distance: 44min NW of Milan
Milan Malpensa and Linate are the two airports for the city. Linate is the less congested of the two and typically preferred for private jet travelers. It is located on the eastern side of the city (just 4mi from city center) while Malpensa is the hub for Alitalia and located on Milan’s northwest side. Malpensa was originally constructed by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and then repurposed for civilian use during reconstruction.
London to Milan Linate – 6950 GBP – Citation Bravo – Flight Time: 1hr 40min