Let me begin by warning you that this is an unashamedly gushing love letter to Italy. Well to begin with, if you’ve ever travelled to the ‘Land Of Lovers’ you’ll know exactly what I mean. Italians, in general, are typically warm, funny, animated and apparently .. and I say apparently, very good lovers. But you see when I think of Italy, my mind immediately goes straight to the food!
This may have only been my third trip to this gloriously colourful country but let’s just say it will not be the last .. I can just hear now the gnocchi calling my name!
Typically for me, the underpinning emotion surrounding fashion week is one of stress ie. not enough time in the day, constantly running late to every appointment, lack of sleep, not enough food and when in Paris .. too many flights of stairs. But this season was different. Cobblestone streets lined with smiling faces painted tablecloths covered in mountainous bowls of pasta, long conversations, short blacks and always my favourite set of fashion week wheels thanks to my loyal friends at Maserati.
We stayed in the cutest little Air BNB just off Milan’s answer to Rue Saint Honore, Monte Napoleone and just a stone’s throw to Loewe, Balenciaga and maybe my new favourite restaurant Paper Moon Giardino, btw the crab linguine is a definite must-have! In the morning dappled light filtered through the windows into the courtyard dotted with citrus trees and before the day began we would eat fresh avocado on toast .. yep, you guessed it not your normal fashion week!
My normal fashion week wind up is usually one focused on the nitty-gritty sartorial details, conversations surrounding silhouettes, autumn winter trends, designer inspiration and our seasonal favourite, street style. But this season, I thought I would share with you a different side of my fashion week experience, my list of the most Instagrammable Milanese backdrops, all you need is good weather, a camera, and a fab set of Italian wheels to get you from A to B….
The Arco Della Pace – This beautiful Arc could rival Paris’ Arc du Triomphe with it’s monolithic size and ancient beauty.
Surrounding the Arco Della Pace – All of the streets surrounding the Arc are cobblestone and very pretty.
Galleria Vittoria Emanuele, with the vaulted glass atrium in the middle and a myriad of incredible designer stores situated beneath, this location is definitely Gram friendly.
The Teatro Alla Scala is a magnificent Opera House, inside are sweeping rows of seating for watching the theatre, but the outside is equally beautiful.
1. The Arco Della Pace. This beautiful Arc could rival Paris’ Arc de Triomphe with its ancient beauty and monolithic size. My favourite thing about photographing pictures here is that it’s typically a quieter part of Milan, so it’s relatively easy to get great photos without too much-unwanted attention, and the light is good here all day long.
2. Surrounding the Arco Della Pace. All of the streets surrounding the Arc are cobblestone and very pretty. Trees line the avenues and there are also cute little restaurants in this area that are also great for shooting.
3. The Teatro Alla Scala is a magnificent Opera House, inside are sweeping rows of seating for watching the theatre, but the outside is equally beautiful. The entrance is flanked with arches and at the right time of the day, they cast the most beautiful shadows.
4. The Duomo di Milano. Obviously one of the most iconic locations in Milan, the Duomo is incredible but my number one tip is to get there very early in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds.
5. Porta Venezia Milano. This location is one of the historical gates of Milan and dates back to the 19th century. I love this location, it’s almost like a round-a-bout and the majestic statues reflect the early Roman era, this is where we shot some of our favourite images with Maserati and a must see.
6. Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II, with the vaulted glass atrium in the middle and a myriad of incredible designer stores situated beneath, this location is definitely Gram friendly.
7. Lastly, the Pinacoteca Di Brera is a beautiful museum that is filled with the most incredible and significant collections of Italian artworks. When you walk inside you’re greeted with the most incredible courtyard surrounded by arched corridors that is amazing to shoot at any time of the day, and outside on the cobblestone street is also amazing for shooting, not too mention a string of cute little cafes. This is one of my favourite places that we visited, and you may have already seen some shots on my Instagram of me standing by the Quattroporte in the morning sun .. ahh heaven.
So there you have it, a list of the most Instagrammable locations in Milan, a concise city guide for the modern girl or guy looking for spots that tick all of the boxes. My only other piece of advice is that if you want the true Italian experience your tour needs to begin in a Maserati, what better way to see the sites than a date with my favourite Italian love…