We asked Head Concierge Leonardo Bruscagin of Four Seasons Hotel Milano to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions he could find—not just his own, but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some he works with every day at the Hotel. Experience Milan at its finest, from the area’s vineyards to the world-famous opera house, La Scala.
As a world fashion capital, Milan is a superb place to shop. The Hotel stands on the edge of the Quadrilatero d’Oro, “the Golden Rectangle.” The area is home to an alphabet of flagships, from Alberta Ferretti to Zegna by way of Brioni, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Kiton, Prada, Valentino and Versace, most of whom will arrange to have your purchases delivered straight to your room. Alternatively, there’s the 19th-century shopping arcade Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, while other must-stops include the uber-modish Excelsior Concept Store and 10 Corso Como.
When it comes to menswear, there’s really nothing finer than an Italian-made suit. The tailoring is top-notch at Campagna on Via Palestro 24 and at Tindaro De Luca on Via Gesù 15.
Art and Architecture
Milan’s most famous landmark may be the Gothic Duomo. But for art aficionados, the must-visit church is the 15th-century Santa Maria delle Grazie and its adjoining convent, where Leonardo’s famed Last Supper hangs in the refectory. (It’s essential that you ask the Concierge to book ahead.) The church is near Corso Magenta in an area known as Sant’Ambrogio, a still palpably bohemian area of cobbled streets, filled with antiques dealers and other intriguing shops. If that masterpiece gives you a taste for more paintings, then Mantegna’s Dead Christ in the Pinacoteca di Brera is another remarkable work.
The Museo del Novecento in Arengario’s Palace on the Duomo square houses eight floors of pop art, futurism, modern art and kinetic art. And last but not least, the Sforzesco Castle, one of the most famous buildings in Milan, is home to Michelangelo’s famous marble sculpture The Rondanini Pietà.