The Milan Area

Tips and Articles in The Milan Area

It is six o'clock on a boiling-hot Tuesday morning in Rome, and my friend Mark, in anticipation of our trip to the Villa D'Este hotel in Cernobbio, is reading from a letter Franz Liszt wrote to Louis de Ronchaud in 1837. "When you write the story ...
For those who suffer from what Cocteau called the "red-and-gold disease," relief is found only in the glittery, cavernous darkness of an opera house. Yet one does not always enter what Jean Harlow would have called a "rafeened" atmosphere. To be s...
Looking for a place to chill—literally?Head to Absolut Icebar Milano (12 Piazza Gerusalemme; 39-02/8907-8513; www.townhouse.it; by appointment on weekends), in the Corso Sempione neighborhood, where the temperature is always a brisk 23 degrees. Dr...
Tired of having to traipse around Milan to make the scene at the city’s fashionable haunts, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have brought the action to their front door. Gold, the duo’s new café-restaurant, is a five-minute stroll from...
Donatella Versace she's not. Among fashion designers—especially hard-boiled, out-there, Italian fashion designers—Alberta Ferretti is an anomaly. The windows of her car aren't smoked (although she does drive a Jaguar, bottle green with a beige gl...
Three superstar designers have upped the style quotient at a trio of just-opened bars in Europe. • In Paris, Terence Conran has transformed the cavernous space once occupied by the Whiskey-A-Go-Go into happening Wagg (62 Rue Mazarine; 33-1/55-42-2...
Taking inspiration from Milan's cultlike fashion source 10 Corso Como, a trio of new shops have moved in nearby. At Self Made (6 Via Bertini; 39-02/316-752), Roberta Vincenzi and Rosita Onofri create whimsical styles—a tweed dress has a cutaway ba...
Dedicated style hounds are honing their hunter-gatherer skills by tracking down secret addresses known only by word of mouth. Five of our favorite private shops: LONDON: Ring the doorbell at Saturday (26 Chilworth St.; 44-207/706-7271; open Saturd...
At the new fashion museums popping up across Europe, you can put this season's micro-minis and kaleidoscopic prints into historic context. Zandra Rhodes has just opened the Fashion and Textile Museum (83 Bermondsey St.; 44-207/403-0222; www.ftmlo...
Fashion and food go together like...well, traditionally they don't. And yet the most body-conscious of industries seems to have a taste for the culinary world. Dolce & Gabbana joined forces with another long-established Italian duo, Martini & Ross...
You don't need to go far to recover after you shop till you drop. Gianfranco Ferré has welcomed E'SPA, the British spa gurus, into his recently opened Milan boutique (15 Via Sant'Andrea, Milan; 39-02/7601-7526). A discreet door leads to a parallel...
Edgy streetwear and designer brands are giving Milan's Corso di Porta Ticinese—the strip near the Roman columns of San Lorenzo renowned for its custom shoes, leather goods, and clothing—a fresh identity. • Milanese fashionistas fight over the well...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
BEACH WHERE: Grand Cayman WHY: The Ritz-Carlton drafted the equivalent of the NBA Dream Team for its new Grand Cayman resort, scheduled to debut this month. The starting lineup: celebrity chef Eric Ripert, opening two restaurants (one formal, ...
Buying vintage clothing isn’t a novel concept. Like many people, when I started shopping for used clothes during my high school years in Minnesota, I was simply adding an affordable splash of style to my wardrobe. Since then it’s become my passion...