Quadrilatero della moda
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 12, Quadrilatero della Moda
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli fell in love with the idea of the house-as-museum on his grand tour of Europe in the early 1800s. What is now the Victoria & Albert museum in London—with rooms representing different time periods—left an especially strong impression. The museum is in a neoclassical palazzo that feels like an endless cave of treasures: There are tapestries, armor, paintings, and sculpture, and the radically different décor and genre of each room make this one of the most fascinating museums in the city. We especially like the Dante room, which features an intricately detailed stained-glass window, scenes from The Inferno, and a portrait of the author himself.
Via Borgospesso 12, Quadrilatero della moda
Off of Via Montenapoleone, the city’s high-end shopping street, Bice is the style world’s cantina during fashion week.
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Via Manzoni 29, Quadrilatero della moda
The neo-Gothic Grand Hotel et de Milan has been open since 1863–and run by three generations of the same family. Local design firm Dimore Studio recently renovated the interiors, which marry classic elements (parquet wood floors, Oriental rugs) with modern touches like custom made seating and sleek, sculptural lighting. Given its history, it’s a cultural experience on its own, and it’s within walking distance of some of the city’s best—including La Scala and the fashion district on Via Montenapoleone.
Via Bagutta, 1, Quadrilatero della moda
Popular with Milanese high rollers from the fashion and entertainment industries, Paper Moon sits in a historic neoclassical palazzo in the city’s highest-end shopping district, known as the Golden Rectangle. You can’t go wrong ordering the pizza with shaved truffles, and the simply prepared seafood (grilled swordfish with tomato gratin, squid with vegetable caponata) is always supremely fresh.
Four Seasons Milan
Via Gesù 6/8, Quadrilatero della moda
A breakfast of green juice and poached eggs in the wooded courtyard of a converted fifteenth-century convent might not be what you’d expect from a hotel in the center of Milan, but that’s what you get—and it’s as delightful as it sounds. The rooms are large and light-filled; here and there, frescos and architectural details from the original convent reveal themselves. And the bathrooms are enormous, with toiletries from Acqua di Parma. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the Duomo and a number of parks, museums, restaurants, and any luxury store you can think of. If it rains—or even if it doesn’t—decamp downstairs to the Patricia Urquiola–designed spa for a few hours. The pool marries history (ancient vaulted ceilings, in this case) with minimalist chic.
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