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Santa Maria Church.
Giorgio Armani. PHOTO: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani.
Armani Hotel Milano.
The scene on Via Brera.

Bella Città

by intern

On the eve of Milan Fashion Week, Giorgio Armani touts the glorious wonders and simple pleasures of the city where he lives and works.

Milan is practical, always dynamic and continuously changing. It is full of nuances, and austere like its buildings that often hide beautiful gardens behind their gates. I think that Milan is one of the most important international Fashion Weeks for the variety and wealth of what it offers. I present both collections [Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani] here because I think it’s important to do so. We should all commit to bringing back energy and dynamic force to the city—like it was in the early 1980s, which created the Made in Italy phenomenon. Milan has nothing to envy of any other fashion capital. Of this I am convinced—and in my own small way, I am committed every day in this regard.

Milan is a discreet and coy city. Beautiful views hide behind façades. Via Borgonuovo, both secretive and stylish, is my favorite. I like to stroll around Corso Garibaldi and Via Brera. Corso Garibaldi is a street with buildings that tell of the old Milan from which new skyscrapers stand out—a truly unique contrast. • Of all the museums, my favorite is the Poldi Pezzoli Museum for the uniqueness and variety of its collections. It’s a house-museum with the highest degree of masterpieces. Via Manzoni 12; museopoldipezzoli.it. • Santa Maria Church at San Satiro is truly a hidden gem. Via Torino 17-19. • There are hundreds of publications, pictures and cards for those who love the sea at La Libreria del Mare. Via Broletto 28; libreriadelmare.it. • Armani Spa, in the Armani Hotel, spans 13,000 square feet and has a swimming pool. It is dedicated to beauty, peace and tranquility. Via A. Manzioni 31; armanihotels.com.

I love traditional Italian cuisine; it’s simple, based on a few ingredients and great creativity. I often eat at the Armani/Lounge and Armani/Ristorante, which are close to my office. • I head to Armani/Nobu for its risotto “alla milanese.” Via Pisoni 1; noburestaurants.com. • And Armani/Dolci is where I get chocolate that I sometimes allow myself to have, or to give as a gift. Via Manzoni 31; armanidolci.com.

Edited by Jenny Murray