Happy holidays in marvelous Milan

      Published on Sunday, 5 January , 2020      284 Views     
Happy holidays in marvelous Milan

  • Life

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the old song goes, particularly in Milan, where — in between fashion weeks — Italy’s design capital turns its style sense to the winter holidays.




Nowhere is this more apparent than at its center, the Piazza del Duomo.

While the Milan Duomo needs no more decoration than the 3,400 statues already incorporated into its elaborate Gothic facade, the square itself is very much in season.

Merchants set up shop in outdoor chalets that ring the cathedral as part of the Mercantino di Natale, selling roasted chestnuts, rounds of Parmigiano Reggiano and colorful fleece-lined socks. At the center of the square, this year’s “sustainable” Christmas tree, a 37-meter-high steel conical structure of LED lights, towers over it all.

To one side, Rinascente, the legendary Italian department store, is strung with enough lights to rival a palace during wedding season in the Arabian Gulf.

Not to be outdone, the neighboring Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II has a Swarovski Christmas tree under a dome of lights for those who prefer to get their retail fix inside Italy’s oldest shopping arcade.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy’s oldest shopping arcade. (Shutterstock)

From the square, you can follow the many strings of lights out to the Fashion District, a veritable Valhalla of major labels with shop windows that are worthy of their own walking tour. At Alessi on Via Manzoni, for instance, an animated display of rolling googly eyes is made from black and white plates, with cutlery for eyelashes.

At the heart of the district, Four Seasons Hotel Milano gets in on the game with its annual Urban Chalet pop-up. Its artistic director, Vincenzo Dascanio, has dressed up the hotel’s Sala Camino as a fantastical Alpine chalet, where fondue and strudel are on the seasonal menu.

You might have to fight for a place here among the fashion set during the holiday season, but not if you’re a guest. It’s hard to imagine a better headquarters for a shopping vacation, across the street from Goyard and down the street from Acqua di Parma on Via Gesu.

Four Seasons Hotel Milano is located at the heart of the Fashion District. (Supplied)

The hotel, which opened in 1993 as Four Seasons’ second European property, carries its own sense of history. The building is housed in a palazzo that once served as the convent of Santa Maria del Gesu in the 15th century. One of its nods to the past includes an Instagram-worthy indoor lap pool under vaulted ceilings of exposed brick from the building’s original cellar.

That’s not to say it doesn’t come with its own modern features. In my room, the walk-in closet’s lights turn on automatically, the bathroom’s floors are heated, and it is generously equipped with Acqua di Parma amenities and a Dyson blow dryer (this is Milan, after all, where bad hair days simply aren’t allowed).

The room’s windows open onto the inner courtyard, which at this time of year is also decorated with lights and a Christmas tree. The Italianate garden still serves as a place of contemplation, if not strolling the walkways lined with perfectly pruned trees, then through the windows from a breakfast table at La Veranda restaurant.

The hotel, which opened in 1993 as Four Seasons’ second European property, carries its own sense of history. (Supplied)

The hotel makes it almost a shame to venture outside, but the concierge takes care of that, with carefully considered tips about where to go. This resulted in a perfect plate of pasta at Giacoma Arengario, on the third floor of the Museo del Novecento, with a view of the Duomo’s bone-white spires. As the setting sun turned them to gold, an opera singer busking on the street below added to the magic with her Puccini repertoire.

Not even the concierge could secure me a coveted ticket at short notice to see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie; they did, however, connect me with a tour guide who got me in for a timed viewing of the famous painting. Walking back to the hotel, it’s worth stopping at Pasticceria Marchese’s historic location on Via Santa Maria alla Porta. The bakery opened there in 1824, and particularly at this time of year, there are queues for its rightly famous panettone, Milan’s traditional Christmas bread.

Milan’s holiday season wraps up on January 6, with the Procession of the Magi — an Epiphany custom beginning in the Piazza del Duomo.



It celebrates the Three Kings, believed to have journeyed from the Middle East, bearing frankincense and myrrh. Modern-day visitors will likely return with equally desirable mementos.


Category Life | 2020/01/05 latest update at 4:05 AM
Source : | Photocredit : Google
285 Views
Comments Add comment



Gulf Media

Related Articles

The editorial staff of Saudi Arabia Today would like to give all of its readers from Gulf and Saudi Arabia and the whole world the opportunity to participate actively in the development of the website! If you have something interesting, fun, scandalous - just something worth to be seen from more people. Capture it and share it in the Saudi Arabia Today with a short text.

Do you have information you want to reach our readers?

Send article/s

You can subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter and Google pages or use our RSS feed channel to always read the most important news about Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the world.


Sponsored Publications



Saudi Arabia pledges full support to Greek Cypriot administration King

Saudi Arabia pledges full support to Greek Cypriot administration

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud expressed full support for the Greek Cypriot administration amid…

Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus Government

Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus

Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil…

How G20 presidency is likely to deliver Saudi economic boost Government

How G20 presidency is likely to deliver Saudi economic boost

Saudi Arabia becoming the first Arab nation to take over the G20 presidency is likely to deliver a…

Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions Government

Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received on Sunday the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. They discussed bilateral relations between…

GULF TV

Popular in GULF TV

Saudi Crown Prince Wife|Why Not with him In the Foreign Tour’s

2789 Views

Saudi Crown Prince Wife Princess Sara bint Mashoor, Why Not with him In the Foreign Tour’s. Prince Mohammed…

Latest videos in GULF TV

Events

Lifestyle

Culture

Sport

Science & Technology

Government