Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Enjoy a fabulously fashionable location… Must‐see sights, perfect places for two – plus love bites and love potions, for the most romantic wining and dining.
Enjoy a fabulously fashionable location
This is the heart of Italy’s fashion industry and a city devoted to style and spending lots of cash ‐‐ as well as making it. If you have not yet purchased your honeymoon collection, then save your pennies until you get here. To bridge the gap between the material and the Divine, you can take in an opera at the magnificent La Scala opera house ‐‐if you can get hold of a much sought‐after ticket, that is. The Milanese are always in a hurry, but slow the pace to take in the splendours of the gothic Duomo cathedral and one or two of the city’s other cultural treasures, particularly its galleries.
The Milanese gain some of their energy from the perfect espresso. Start the day with a couple of shots at Zucca, a café in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. If you are feeling flush, join the ranks of the city boys and big‐time shoppers in Boeucc, Piazza Belgioioso and try some superb risotto or scallops. If you’re saving your money for Italian tailoring, then grab a panini sandwich from one of the lunch bars instead: Quadronno is one of the best. Take a break between Prada and Armani in the Golden Quadrangle and sip a glass of spumante in the Bar Cova on Monte Napo.
The highlight of Milan’s cultural treasures is the Duomo. Show your partner that you treasure them by climbing up to the roof for the best views of the city.
Maria Callas is the most famous diva of all time and the focal point of her singing life was La Scala in Milan. For a taste of opera, listen to some of her recordings of Tosca and Norma and reflect on her torrid romance with Aristotle Anassis. If you find full‐length opera a bit overwhelming, then snap up a Best of Callas CD.
Robert Altman’s Pret‐a‐Porter is a full‐on look at the Milan fashion shows and the gossip, back‐biting and bitchiness that goes with the territory. All those fancy frocks donned by Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts and Lauren Bacall will get you in the mood for couture. Fashion photographer, Mario Testino captured the sexy side of the fashion world of Milan in his glossy book Front Row/Backstage.
Buon anniversario! = Happy anniversary
Ti amo = I love you
Auguri! = Congratulations!
Mi voui sposare? = Will you marry me?
Stags and hens need look no further than the canal district of Naviglio. Although rather dismal in the daytime, it comes alive at night with some of the best nightclubs in Europe. If football is your game, then this city is host to two of the world’s ritziest clubs, Internazionale and AC Milan. Just don’t wear your England scarves!