Milan is the undisputable home of fashion, style, chic boutiques, fabulous food and beautiful people. A visit to Italy’s second biggest city can be filled with any luxury you desire. Start your visit off right with a private Malpensa shuttle from the airport that will drive you directly to the door of any one of the city’s luxury boutique hotels. Absorbing Milan’s stylish and chic atmosphere takes very little effort as you will be surrounded by it from the moment you land – so go where the beautiful people go and enjoy all the sophistication Milan has to offer.
The Home of Fashion
It would be hard to deny Milan’s status as one of the epicentres of the fashion world. Even if you are not there for the city’s world-renowned Fashion Week, its influence is still felt year round. The number of upscale shopping opportunities is impressive and each store carries their own interpretation of the latest styles and fashions. One of the most elegant and sophisticated shopping experiences can be had at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. This arcade dates back to 1867 and has remained the epitome of class and glamour. The walls are adorned with magnificent mosaics and the marble floor ways will guide you to chic boutiques bearing the names Versace, Prada, Gucci, Armani and Louis Vuitton.
If you simply cannot get enough of the latest haute couture, plan on spending a day in Milan’s elite shopping district known as the Quadrilatero della Moda – the Rectangle of Gold. The fashion can be seen both on and off the shop floors as only the most fashion-forward individuals frequent the area. The shopping is superb and the people-watching even better!
The Evening Beckons
The Italians have perfected the art of complimentary partnerships and this is especially apparent in Milan. Like the skill of pairing a good wine with the perfect cheese, the Milanese believe that even the exquisite can be made a little bit better. The best cuisine and dining experiences will usually be found in the most elegant settings where the surroundings could be considered a work of art in themselves.
For an intimate dinner, head to the exclusive Il Bar at Bulgari Hotel. This sleek and elegant bar leads out onto the Bulgari Hotel’s magnificent private gardens and the huge floor-to-ceiling windows dominate the room. Il Bar offers unique cocktails to Milan’s most fashionable crowd and the restaurant menu is equally impressive.
For the perfect merger of Milan’s ever-historic cultural presence and a night filled with dancing, head to Il Gattopardo Café. This versatile venue was once a beautiful church and great pains have been taken to restore and preserve the buildings originality. For special events, the chandelier-adorned ballroom is simply breathtaking. During the week, the Café is a nightclub that attracts partygoers wishing to dance the night away.
Unique and Memorable Experiences
To really appreciate all that Milan has to offer there comes a point where you have to stop the site-seeing and give the shopping a break. A few experiences, unique to Milan, are simply a must and will leave you with the best memories of your trip.
Milan has perhaps been the home of the greatest opera experiences for centuries. Today the stage plays host to masterpieces by Verdi and Puccini as well as magnificent ballets, symphonic concerts and debut performances from current artists. During your visit be sure to book a private box at the Teatro Alla Scala. A performance at La Scala is the ultimate luxury experience with its golden architecture and red velvet accents.
For a more unusual and slightly bohemian experience, reserve a table on the ATMosfera. This fully-restored vintage tram offers an elegant dinner with wine while winding its way through the streets of the city past some of Milan’s most important historical and contemporary sites. The 2-hour guided tour and feast just might become you most favourite meal-on-wheels experience!
How to Get There
A trip to Milan should be all about sophistication and luxury. Milan-Malpensa airport is one of Italy’s’ busiest travel hubs with flights from the UK are both frequent and affordable. Before you depart book a private Malpensa shuttle to pick you up at the airport with a quality company such as Shuttle Direct. Their professional drivers will cruise you through the streets of Milan efficiently and smoothly. Consider staying in one of Milan’s fabulous boutique hotels away from the tourist trail and the set the tone for your holiday to be one filled with class, style and the utmost elegance.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Malpensa shuttle , Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.