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Exploring Milan with Parka London

Exploring Milan with Parka London

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In our humble opinion Milan is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend break full of inspiring design, culture and unforgettable FOOD! The slight raise in temperature, paired with an endless list of sightseeing and great coffee, make for a getaway that will leave you fresh, inspired and energised. We’re showing our new AW17 collection at WHITE, in Milan from 25th until 27th February so what better reason to do some research of the best things to do in Milan and put them all into a guide for you to test out!

Milan is a perfect example to follow when it comes to mixing the old with the new, and their hotels are no different. The Grand Hotel Et De Milan, is a Neo-Gothic hotel with over 150 years of history, has served as a backdrop for numerous photoshoots and shows during Milan Fashion Week and it's perfectly located in the fashion district and close to Duomo Cathedral.

On the other scale, the Magana Pars Suites Milano, is the ideal place for an uber minimalist to lay their head. This perfumery turned hotel, is located right in the heart of Milan, and its spacious white suites are each named after and scented by a certain fragrance from its past, delivering a 5* experience and easy access to the city.

Stay @ Grand Hotel De Milan or Magana Pars Suites Milano
Stay @ Grand Hotel De Milan or Magana Pars Suites Milano

What would be the point in visiting Italy without sampling some local cuisine? A big part of Milanese culture involves a northern Italian tradition named ‘aperitivo.’ Similar to the idea behind Spanish ‘Tapas’, aperitivo involves enjoying a classic Italian drink such as Aperol Spritz or Negroni, served alongside delicacies for sharing with friends.

Most places treat it like a ‘happy hour’ between 6 - 8pm, with deals ranging from €5 to €15, so it’s definitely worth trying out a few places to experience some of the most authentic flavours. Why not try, Pisacco a charming restaurant and bar, with contemporary art on the walls and modern Italian food that is simply delicious. Or, visit Sapori Salori for a true Italian gastronomic experience, as the restaurant educates diners on new tastes. Stop by Tongs, an atmospheric bar for your evening ‘aperitivo’.

You cannot visit Milan without seeing The Duomo Cathedral, the city's most famous attraction and an architectural masterpiece. Its Gothic architecture is amazing to see first-hand and its rooftops offer panoramic views of the city. If you don’t do anything else, this is a MUST! If you’re traveling in March, the Museo Delle Culture, Milan’s newest arts venue is showing ‘Kandinskij’s Journey Towards Abstraction’

a collection of Russian artist Wassily Kandinskij’s most inspirational abstract works. Finally, end your day of cultural experiences with dinner on the Atmosfera vintage tram. Priced at €70 per person, the experience includes a four-course dinner with drinks, coffees and a bottle of wine, as well as a relaxing tour of the best landmarks in just over 2 hours. Bellissimo!

Eat @Pisacco & Aperitvo @Sapori Salori
Eat @Pisacco & Aperitvo @Sapori Salori

After a hard day of sightseeing and eating, a shopping trip is always much needed! Home to some of the best flagship retail in the world, Milan is possibly the best place to be for exploring both new and old fashion. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – also known as Milan’s ‘living room’ – is a 19th-century arcade housing high-end and flagship stores such as Prada. One of the oldest malls in the world, ’

the building is worth visiting just to see the glass dome and intricate mosaic decorations alone. If you are more Portobello Market or Soho, then Corso Di Porta Ticinese offers a similar experience, full of the perfect handmade accessories, vinyl records or vintage finds in boutique shops such as Dictionary and brands such as ACNE. Milan offers a shopping trip for everyone.

A tour of Milan is a must
A tour of Milan is a must
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II's elaborate glass dome mosaic decor
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II's elaborate glass dome mosaic decor

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