Tips and Articles for Milan + the Lakes Region

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The book made it sound so easy. Teach Yourself Italian, it was called, and for two years it sat on my desk, silently mocking my inability to do just... Read More

Built in 1870, the cliff-edge saltwater swimming pool of the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc in the south of France has been the centerpiece of that fabled... Read More

See our slideshow of the Best Hotel Gym Views.From the 47th floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, sunbeams play off the perfect cone of Mount Fuji. Far below,... Read More

Top 10 Hotels Overall: City1. Park Hyatt, Milan 98.952. Stafford London by Kempinski 98.403. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest 98.074.... Read More

Le MarcheTod’sYou'll not only find last season’s bags and shoes from Tod’s at this warehouse off the region’s A14 motorway, but also accessories from... Read More

Day One: Brussels to Frankfurt (340 miles)Before hitting the road, head to Place du Grand Sablon for a breakfast of—what else?—Belgian waffles. Angle... Read More

Venice: On the Campo San Zanipolo, look out for the rounded pediments that adorn the elegant 15th-century façade of Scuola Grande di San Marco, by... Read More

Day 1: Milan to Bormio (120 miles)In Milan, consider renting a Maserati GranCabrio convertible to fully take in the views of Italy’s lake region—you can... Read More

“My job, my life, is travel,” says New York–based Keith Johnson, whose 16 years as the buyer at large for Anthropologie have taken him from boutiques in... Read More

There’s a youthquake afoot at these four shopping landmarks.ParisYou could forgive Printemps if it had lost some of its fabled luster after 145 years.... Read More

At the rental-car return in Milan’s Malpensa airport, I take a last pensive sniff of our Fiat Panda. Someone should bottle the scent and call it Aroma... Read More

If HBO ever remakes Green Acres, I will replace Eva Gabor. Despite living in a 19th-century farmhouse in upstate New York, I’m a city slicker at heart.... Read More

Q: Where can I find affordable designer pieces in Milan? —Kathryn Mills, Huntington, N.Y.A: Before your trip, order Marina Martorana’s book Low Cost ... Read More

See our slideshow of Europe’s Hottest New Artists.Just as the fast-paced life of Manhattan has a staring role in the films of Woody Allen, and the... Read More

Since Pope Benedict XVI's installation, Italian trendsetters seem to have turned to the Vatican for style tips. Roman dandies have discovered the pope... Read More

Big Style, Big EasyIf New Orleans is the best place in the country to party, then International House is the best place to sleep it off. A pale taupe... Read More

The best thing about Knopf' s just-released city guides (for New York, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Milan, and London) isn' t the flashy design-- though that... Read More

telephone zoneThe new luxury perk: your own cell phoneRemember when cell phones were considered status symbols?Nowadays, business has become so wired ... Read More

In early winter I travel with my good friend Aggie Gund along my favorite northern Italian route. This is where I came as a child with my parents, who... Read More

Toast of the coast Cornwall's just-opened Hotel Tresanton — a former yachting getaway — has a pedigree that's irresistible to royal-watchers, food... Read More

On the road, these neo-nomads follow their own set of rules: Keep a closet in several cities, tip freely, pack scented candles, and always get your... Read More

mod in milanAmid the sleek boutiques on Milan's Via della Spiga sits a new mecca for children's clothing made of cashmere and baby alpaca, flocked... Read More

Like cigars and martinis, barbershop shaves are in again. What's behind the trend?Part nostalgia for the days when men gathered (and burst into song)... Read More

Copenhagen, Denmark$265While other new hotels have capitalized on Copenhagen’s reputation as a design city by embracing sleek functionalism to the point... Read More

Most certainly, I would spend some time in Bellagio, Italy, on Lake Como. What could be better than dining alfresco on the region's best food under rows... Read More

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