The Italians just do everything better. They are charismatic when they speak, glamorous when they shop and a pleasure to dine with. This unofficial capital is what New York is to the Americans, it is a centre which overlooks banks and office buildings but in the nooks and crannies there lies a world of wonder. Streets radiate from the Duomo and lead to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a mystic corridor of golds where haute couture takes centre stage. The four paths around the Galleria lead to a selection of standout stores which include Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. In Rome, everywhere is a postcard but here you have to travel to the landmark, which only adds to the excitement. Each monument is known in its own right and Italians still marvel at them. Little did I know, in the depths of the Castello Sforzesco would I find Michelangelo’s final piece. Milan remains bemused by modern day antics. Couples still walk hand in hand without the need to look at a phone, taxis are still flagged down, not requested and the standard greeting is still two kisses. This old school romance is something I adored during my time there and took with me home.
See it all below and experience Milan yourself.
Where to shop: Corso Venezia is an exclusive avenue situated opposite stunning gardens and palaces making it home to an array of international brands and fashion moguls. You might not be able to shop here but the views and walks alone are breathtaking.
Where to sleep: The Principe di Savoia. With its effortless elegance and timeless tradition, the Principe di Savoia is a warm and friendly hotel. The staff ensure that the hotel is an experience for every guest and even though it is only a 10 minute walk from the Duomo, you will find it hard to leave. Its spa is dreamy and the champagne breakfast is included.
Hidden treasure: Castello Sforzesco’s museums.
Author: Scarlett Victoria Clark
Scarlett Victoria Clark is Editor-in-Chief of Scriptoeris and a multi-lingual journalist. She has also written for Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, when not writing she enjoys travelling and shopping for (more) heels.