Exploring Italy's fashion capital


In the world of fashion, Milano takes its rightful place as a leading hub of quality, production and design.

But while it might be best known for its style credentials, we also love this welcoming Italian city for its architecture and history, not to mention its decadent food.

We stopped by for an all-too-short 48 hours and left completely charmed and inspired - despite the infamous November weather!

Artesano in Milan, The Armani Hotel

Style really does pervade all demographics in Milan, from its immaculately dressed children and elegante fashion crowd, right through to the city's stylish elderly citizens (our favourites). 

From the metro to the Via Montenapoleone, we loved seeing how seriously the Milanese take their wardrobes while people-watching on our evening passegiatta.

Our recommendations:
 
Villa Necchi Campiglio - an immaculately preserved 1930s architectural home and garden, surreally located right in the centre of town. The villa's adventurous design, luxurious interiors and eclectic modern art collection - all explained beautifully by our tour guide - make it a truly inspiring 'must-do' when visiting Milan. www.visitfai.it/villanecchi

N'Ombra de Vin - not an Italian name, but an incredibly Italian experience! This buzzing, clandestine wine bar keeps the Montepulciano flowing and has an authentic, delicious menu. www.nombradevin.it

Brera Sunday markets - long the city's stylish arts district, Brera is home to some of Milan's finest boutiques, restaurants and cocktail bars. On Sundays, don't miss the bustling clothing and craft markets lining its narrow streets.