If you are planning a trip to Milan in April, this article is for you! It’s during the month of April that the city of Milano is taken over by design with Milan Design Week! A week in a place where design and amazing food meet. The mecca for Italian fashion has much to offer along with a traditional aperitivo at sunset.
There is a bit of everything: art, history, architecture, as well as extraordinary fashion and culinary scenes. Read on to find all the most fabulous events and exhibitions happening in April, the best places for a shopping spree in Milan’s greatest neighborhoods, and some of our favorite places to eat fabulous meals. We have also included some of our favorite places (including some new ones!) to take a rest after long days counting steps in the most stylish Italian city.
Weather will be approaching Spring temperatures, but be ready to endure some rain and wind, so be sure to pack your most fabulous mid-season looks. Happy traveling!
Lh Design Lovers Guide to Milan in April
What to See
If you’ve visited before you already know the must-sees in Milan, but here are tons of fabulous, of-the-now, special exhibitions, and design shows ready for you to discover.
For Fashion Lovers
At Fondazione Prada, you can find their permanent collections and installations to visit. Our favourites are Dan Flavin’s “Chiesa Rossa”, which translates to Red Church, and the collaborative project “Atlas” that counts works from many skilled artists, such as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Carla Accardi, to name a few.
Fondazione Prada (Photo by Bas Princen)
If you love Armani and haven’t been be sure to visit the Armani/Silos. Dedicated to the famous Italian fashion designer, Giorgio Armani himself set up the Armani/Silos as a way to chronicle his work from his own perspective.
While the Palazzo Morando Attendolo Bolognini also fits in our next section for design lovers, it also houses a beautiful civic collection of costume and fashion. Set in an 18th century apartment, a space typical of a Milanese noble house, Palazzo Morando also shows a collection of antique furniture.
For Design Lovers
For design, you simply cannot miss this year’s Salone del Mobile, from the 18th to the 23rd of April 2023, where the best suppliers for all things interior design, from textile to wallpaper, showcase their creations in their showrooms around the Italian streets, at the Fiera Milano tradeshow grounds, and in special exhibits across the city center. If you are visiting for the fair, enjoy! If not be sure to enjoy the design celebrations nonetheless, be sure to take a look and be inspired!
KOKET’s exhibition at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2023
It’s also during Milan Design Week we learn about the newest up and coming projects and brands that will pave the way for design this upcoming year. Top industry names like our publisher KOKET will be present at Milan Design Week with new looks ready to inspire anyone who passes by. While at Salone del Mobile you have seven exhibitions to look through at the fairgrounds. Additionally, Fuorisalone, another celebration of design all over the city of Milano, takes place during the same days.
For more design inspiration you can take a look at Milan’s most famous ancestral homes. Casa Museo Boschi di Stefano has one of the biggest private collections from the 1900s curated by the hands of the original owners Antonio Boschi and Marieda Di Stefano. Villa Necchi Campiglio which is a true representation of Art Déco in the 1930s in Milan. And Museo Poldi Pezzoli, a house museum opened in 1881 as a dying wish of its owner who wanted to share his art gallery and create an artistic foundation for the public. To this day it remains a hub and example for house-museums around the world.
Where to Shop
Fendi Casa (Photo owned by Fendi)
Seen we are talking about Italy there are a lot of luxury italian brands we will mention in this article. After referring to Prada above, there are a lot you can find in the best design neighbourhoods of the city.
A few of our favorites are of course the Quadrilatero d’Oro, aka the epicenter of Italian fashion, with all the biggest high-end fashion Maisons from Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, to name a few! The Rinascente, which is the fashion mall by the Duomo that never lets us down. And finally the new addition to our Milan trip: the new Fendi Casa flagship store that opened in Piazza della Scala April 2022. There’s nothing quite like seeing all of our favorites up close and personal.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Photo by Ouael Ben Salah on Unsplash)
If you are looking for the perfect mix of beautiful architecture and luxury shopping (oh and amazing food—see below!), then Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is for you.
Finally we always make time for RO Gallery, a must for finding new and transformative art and decor. You can read more about the gallerist behind the space, Rossana Orlandi, when we covered her in our 4th print edition of Lh Mag, “The Green Side of Luxury”.
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Where to Eat
The dining room at Vik Pellic8
Italy and food are two words that almost mean the same thing. So finding good food in Milan won’t be a very difficult task. But here is a list to help you find the most glamorous restaurants of this fashion city!
If you like to start your day with coffee and a pastry, or want one of the best desserts Italy has to offer, then Pasticceria Cova is for you. In addition to their take away counter, the Milan location of this European chain also offers a sophisticated dining area.
We love a good view when dining so the first two we need to mention are two staple restaurants in the iconic, and never boring Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
Here you have Vik Pellico Otto. This new restaurant was launched just last year but is already turning heads due to its new approach to cuisine. Their team is made by young chefs who are hungry to prove everyone wrong with their tasty creations! You will also find there will be many design items waiting for your gaze while dining. Keep a look out!
And of course Ristorante Carlo Cracco, held by the hand of the chef of the same name. Chef Carlo Cracco is such a household name that he has now recently started in an Amazon Prime called “Dinner Club” special all about Italian food! His restaurant welcomes you in a beautiful architectural room which fantastic food.
More Dining Venues We Love
Still Need to Book a Hotel?
If you are checking for hotels, read on for our top picks, specially selected as the perfect places to get around the chicest Milan neighborhoods!
You can never go wrong with one of the many Hyatt locations or the ever-fabulous Bulgari Hotel, but there are many other fabulous hotels waiting for your visit as well!
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Feature Image by Ouael Ben Salah on Unsplash
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