Romantic Milan, Love is in the Air

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There are a plethora of romantic scenes and places in Europe, but Milan is particular. It’s not seen or dipicted as a romantic city in films or art, but it will surprise you.  For example, the  cobblestone streets of Brera after a rainfall, the shopping district lit up at night after hours, and there are lots of intimate bistros and wine bars where lovers can sit close and enjoy an evening. Here are some of our suggestions:


Piazza San Fedele
found between piazza Duomo and Via Manzoni, has become a traditional lovers’ meeting place.
It is not uncommon to see young lovers kissing on the stone benches near the statue of Alessandro Manzoni, author of Italian literary masterpiece “I Promessi Sposi” -“The Betrothed“, a dramatic story of two lovers set in 1628, a time of war, famine, and plague.

Brera- via Fiori Chiari and via Fiori Scuri
One of Milan’s most intimate and antique areas of the city. In the evenings artist show their works, fortune tellers predict your future and there are many wine bars and small restaurants to enjoy a romantic dinner or drink.

Castello Sforzesco
With the castel lit up at night, an evening stroll hand-in-hand around the castel garden and courtyard is memorable.

Il Duomo
On a clear day you will have a spectacular view of the city and even of the Alps by climbing to the top of the Duomo cathedral via a spiral stone staircase of 919 steps. An elevator to the top is also available. Tickets and entrance to both the staircase and the elevator are on Corso Vittorio Emanuele (the left side of the Duomo if you are looking at it straight on).

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A few restaurants offering romantic atmosphere and excellent food.
It is advised to make a reservation in advance.

Horse Cafe
Viale Monte Nero, 21- Milano
+39 02 5501 2069   Read description

Taverna Visconti
Bistrot a Vin – Brasserie 

Via Cerva 18
20122 Milano
Tel. 02 795821
Fax 02 795821     Read description

Il Cestino
Via Madonnina 27
Tel 02 86460146    Read description

Cucina delle Langhe
Cso. Como 6
Tel 02 6554279



3153-661772For an absolutely unforgettable exotic flower arrangement
Paolo Lattuada

Garden, Flower & Design
Via Molino delle Armi 19
Tel 02 58305078






Town House 8

Milan Area: City Center

A prestigious property set inside the elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the heart of Milan, Town House 8 offers luxurious amenities and superior services in an exclusive, distinguished setting. The ambiance of Town House 8 combines the homey feel of a noble residence and the historic atmosphere of an antique Milanese palace. From the staff that wears white gloves to the superior materials used in the tasteful décor, the hotel offers discerning travelers nothing less than the best. Whichever accommodation type you choose, you will find a host of modern comforts, including free Wi-Fi. All rooms and suites have a beautiful view on the gallery or the courtyard. A luxurious, Bentley limousine is also available for rent. Town House 8 has its own lounge restaurant, La Sinfonia. Endowed with a full bar, the restaurant offers 24 hour in-room dining. The menu varies according to season and the chef presents a different gourmet set menu every day. The restaurant serves continental, Italian and new cuisine complemented by an extensive choice of Italy’s finest wines. Read reviews of Town House 8 on                   


Lake Como

Small lake towns and cities like Varenna, Bellagio, Lecco  and Como are excellent weekend or day trip destinations.

Take a day trip to Castello Borromeo a Peschiera

A few kilometers outside of Milan but well worth the visit.
A true medieval castle with a moat, and lush green gardens surrounded by tranquil forestry.Piazza Castello, 1
20068 Peschiera Borromeo (MI)

Article by: Celia Abernethy


The holiday we celebrate today with chocolates and flowers, as many holidays, has a documented history and is based on values of human pureness. Find out where to go and what to do this Valentine’s Day.

In the early Roman days, the 15th of February was the celebration of a young man’s rite of passage to the Roman God Lupercus. A lottery was held where young men would select names of young women to become his companion for a period of one year.

In the fifth century A.D. the Church wanted to do away with the pagan holiday and “replace” the pagan god Lupercus with a saint.

In 270 A.D. Valentine, bishop of Interamna, disagreed with Emperor Claudius’ new law forbidding marriage – Claudius believed that married men made poor soldiers. Valentine was sent to prison for performing secret marriage ceremonies. It is said that he continued to correspond with young couples of the parish, encouraging them to marry and raise families. He signed his letters “From your Valentine”.
During the Lupercus celebrations of 270 A.D., Valentine was clubbed, stoned, and then beheaded.
The holiday we celebrate today with chocolates and flowers, as many holidays, has a documented history and is based on values of human pureness.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all lovers!
Ciao! I’m Celia. Originally from NY, I’m now living la dolce vita Lake Como Style and on a mission to live it to the fullest! I hope to inspire you to explore Milan & Lake Como, the culture, cuisine and creativity. Would you like to book a video call with me? I'd be happy to share my insider tips about Milan & Lake Como with you.

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Celia is the founder and managing editor at Originally from New York, she now spends her time between Milan and Lake Como sharing her discoveries and experiences living in Italy. Follow @CeliaAbernethy on Twitter

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