Visiting the wonderful city of Milan is always a pleasure for Best Design Guides. If you’re planning on visit Milan in 2018, then you need to follow this design guide that we prepare for you. Salone del Mobile to the Milan Fashion Weeks and the HOMI Design Event, this Guide is your ultimate tool to discover what’s worth a visit in Milan in 2018!
The main design event of Milan is the Salone del Mobile.Milano! This event will be held from 17th to 22nd April with a packed programme of innovations and appointments for the more than 300,000 expected visitors from over 165 different countries. So you can expect to find luxury brands like Boca do Lobo, Fendi Casa, DelightFULL, Missoni Home, B&B Italy and Brabbu at this event.
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile or ISaloni is held concurrently with the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, the EuroCucina /FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) and the International Bathroom Exhibition. This event will also be held during the Milan Design Week or “Fuorisalone”.
During the popular Fuorisalone, the Design equivalent to the Fashion Week, many of the stunning design places in Milan will feature longer opening hours. It’s expected that the most important brands located in the design districts of Milan will introduce their new collections and host special events with live music and entertainment for a totally unmissable extravaganza.
You can experience the Fuorisalone at its fullest in the main design districts of the city, namely Porta Venezia, San Babila, Brera, Tortona, The 5 Vie, Sant’Ambrogio and San Gregorio. We especially recommend Tortona, the original Design District of Milan that usually showcase the biggest names from the design industry and it’s the current home of the main design stores of the city.
We can also recommend Brera, the hipster district of Milan that boasts a dense concentration of antique shops, galleries, showrooms and prestigious locations. Even if you visit Milan after the Milan Design Week, Brera and Tortona are two districts you can´t miss in Milan if you are a design aficionado.
Later in the year, Milan will host another major design event, the HOMI Milano. This event is held twice a year and the next showing will take place from the 14th to the 17th of September of 2018. This popular showcase event of home décor trends has been gaining popularity in Italy and in Europe and although it’s not as popular as ISaloni, it’s still considered a major design event with sections dedicated to every single aspect of house décor and accessories. That’s why you can’t miss it!
In terms of events, Milan is also well known for two specific and widely popular events: the two The Fashion Weeks in the Spring and in Autumn. As one of the Top Fashion Capitals of Europe, Milan is a fashion mecca so no wonder it has two dominant Fashion Week events, one for every season. They were established in 1958 and, since then, are part of the global “Big Four Fashion Weeks”, the others being Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week.
The Milan Fashion Week is more than a simple clothing trade show. This bi-annual event is a reference in Milan, Italy, Europe and the World. It’s a powerhouse event in terms of design, fashion, luxury and quality that everyone should follow.
As one of the main cities of Italy and has one of the most popular Tourist Destinations of Europe, Milan has also a whole variety of luxury hotels for you to stay at. One of those is the Mandarin Oriental Milan. This hotel offers luxury accommodation a short walk from the fashionable Milan’s fashion boutiques. The property features a restaurant on-site with 2 Michelin stars and meeting facilities. Set in a complex of 5 connected 18th-century buildings, all rooms and suites are air-conditioned and designed by Antonio Citterio, modern décor, and taco floors. They offer views of the courtyard or the street, and some offer views of Milan’s Cathedral.
The five-star luxury hotel Park Hyatt Milan is also an important part of the Hospitality Industry. This hotel is located in the heart of Milan’s financial and fashion district. Traced in a palatial classical building, the hotel is just a few steps away from Piazza del Duomo, Teatro alla Scala Opera House, and the Stock Exchange. It provides a series of luxurious accommodations that will delight any and every guest.
You can also stay at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa. This hotel looks like any of Milan’s modern office buildings: glassy windows, metal frame, business style. Just take a deep breath and walk inside. If the magnificent Murano glass chandelier doesn’t blow your mind, then the “I wanna wear a ballgown and traipse down this luscious marble staircase” will. Palazzo Parigi is neoclassical luxe with a French twist throughout its ten floors. Its vibe is cosmopolitan and stylish, shown off by its staff, a well-heeled team of polyglots straight from the runway. Location is key: Turn the corner, and you’re in the Fashion Quadrangle, the very epicenter of Milan’s finest.
One of the most iconic Hotels in Milan is the Hotel Principe De Savoia. With a rooftop spa and spacious rooms with classic design and luxurious furnishings, Hotel Principe Di Savoia is located 100 meters from Milan’s Repubblica Metro and Railway Station. Rooms at Hotel Principe Di Savoia are decorated with traditional dark wood furnishings and luxurious fabrics. The spa has a sauna, a hammam and a pool with frescoes. Principe Di Savoia’s attentive staff can book tickets and provide a free limousine service to the city center.
Besides Design Events and Luxury Hotels, Milan is also the home of centuries of history. To experience Art and History, you must pay a visit to some of the hundreds of museums, cathedrals, shops, gardens, historic places and art galleries of Milan. One of the top museums of Milan is the historical Castello Sforzesco. It’s in the Pinacoteca of this castle that you can find Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pieta, one of this legend top works of art!
At Milan, you can find a number of other museums, including a Museum of Ancient Art, a Museum of Musical Instruments and the Archeological Museum. You should also pay a visit to the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum. If after seeing the last supper f DaVinci at the Santa Maria delle Grazie your desired to see Leonardo da Vinci’s art became even bigger, you should visit the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Technologia Leonardo da Vinci. Here you can find more of his original drawings and numerous models of his scientific innovations. Moreover, it has interactive labs, a submarine exhibit, and a section devoted to science for young children.
You can’t visit Milan without visiting the Duomo di Milano. It’s like visiting Paris without going to the Eiffel Tour or the Sacre Coeur. It is hard not to know anything about Duomo di Milano, not only because it is the fourth largest cathedral in the world, but mainly because it’s Milan’s main touristic and cultural attraction. Even though it was started in 14th century, the final touches were made during the reign of Napoleon. Through the centuries this church has been the scene of countless social cultural and religious events. It’s a place of history, religion, art and Italian power.
If you prefer to do some shopping, but still want to visit a historic place, then why not mix both in the same place? For that, you can do that if you visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s one of the most popular shopping destinations as well as one of the most beautiful galleries in the world. It was completed in 1867 and was meant to represent the union between the church and the state, after the revolution of 1848. Even though two days before the inauguration, designer Giuseppe Mangoni felt to his death from the top of the steel and glass roof, it didn’t affect its popularity at all.
If you are a football fan you simply can’t miss a football game of the two Top Clubs of Milan: AC Milan and Inter Milan. They play their home games at the San Siro, a stunning stadium that’s an architectural wonder.
So if you are planning a visit to Milan and are a design aficionado, then you should take some hints from this guide. We hope you enjoyed it.
Image Source: AC Milan, ISaloni, Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum, Hotel Principe De Savoia, Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa, Mandarin Oriental Milan, EuroCucina
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