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Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
This historic library and art gallery is named after Milan’s patron Saint, Saint Ambrose. There are some invaluable art pieces here, including The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, and the Adoration of the Magi by Titian. The building itself is...
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Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Visiting the home goods shop on the lower level of the department store La Rinascente is like going to a friend’s dinner party and wishing you could copy her fabulous taste. More than 100 international designers, including Driade (pictured), are...
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Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
One of the most charming things about Milan are the trams that criss-cross the city. Thanks to the city's transit authority, there are 2 restored vintage restaurant trams that take you through the city while you eat dinner. Picture this: teak...
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Via Vigevano, 10, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Taglio– Beautifully unique space in the Navigli area with exposed brick walls. Part café, part bar, + gourmet store. Good anytime of day! They have great lunch specials, and I love sitting in the back dining area with a view to the open kitchen.
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Via Paolo Sarpi, 30, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
Considered by some as a Milan institution, Cantine Isole is a small wine bar/enoteca with a lot of history and great atmosphere. It's located in the Chinatown neighborhood, near Garibaldi station and the Isola neighborhood. Expect a lot of...
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Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43, 20143 Milano MI, Italy
Yes, Mag is a great place for a morning, Saturday brunch, and light lunch, but it is also an excellent spot for those who love a great cocktail. Head to Navigli in the late afternoon to watch Flavio, Marco, and Francesco mix creative concoctions...
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Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11/a, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
For a coffee and pastry shop, Pasticceria Marchesi has an unexpected historic elegance. Since the 1800s, they've stuck with a formula that works—classic cookies, jars of sweets, and strong coffee in a gorgeous setting. I came for a cappuccino and...
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Via S. Gregorio, 17, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
The aptly named Gelato Giusto (meaning gelato done right) is an ice cream must. Former pastry chef Vittoria Bortolazzo makes delicious gelato every day from regional, organic fruit, high quality milk, and lots of love. Flavor selection is only a...
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Corso Como, 10, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
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The avant-garde interiors of 10 Corso Como match the mod, edgy clothes—everything from kaleidoscopic Ferragamo sandals to python-skin Margiela wallets. This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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Via Santa Radegonda, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
There is a reason the locals line up down the block at this place come lunchtime: the pomodoro panzerotti. It's a perfect little pocket filled with fresh, warm, gooey mozzarella and local tomatoes. I tried several other sweet and savory items...
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Corso Magenta, 15, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Sometimes called "Milan's Sistine Chapel" because of its profusely--and beautifully-- decorated walls and ceilings, San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is well worth a visit. The Renaissance paintings commissioned by the Sforza family (the primary...
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Via dell'Unione, 6, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Family owned vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the center of Milan. A tiny cozy place, you’ll want to arrive early to get a table. This restaurant is delightful with a huge menu that changes daily. We love their mixed plate with small portions of...
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Via Rovello, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Piccolo Teatro lies just a few steps off the busy via Dante which is lined with shops and restaurants. Inside this arched doorway is an oasis of quiet with a lovely courtyard café, as well as tables inside. You can get your morning espresso here,...
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Piazzale Medaglie D'Oro, 2, 20135 Milano MI, Italy
QC Terme Milano is a luxurious day spa in the center of Milan. Surrounded by a 16th century Spanish wall, the spa is housed inside a palazzo built in the early 1800's. The grounds include many pools of different temperatures, lounge areas, and a...
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Largo la Foppa, 5, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Pandenus is a favorite café of mine, it has several locations throughout the city but the Largo la Foppa café is the one I visit most. Coffee, pastries, fresh gorgeous sandwiches of all sizes and shapes, lunch menu + aperitivo too. The warm...
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Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano MI, Italy
Parco Sempione is Milan's biggest park and it has everything- cute caffès, picturesque setting, a medieval castle, a modern museum, a pond and charming foot bridges. If the sun is shining, this is the perfect place for a morning or afternoon walk,...
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Fes, Morocco
From Fes, Morocco, we headed East to the Sahara Desert, where we stayed in a tent village, rode camels to tiny villages, and walked for miles in surreal sand dunes.
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Fes, Morocco
The plaza of Place Seffarine, dominated by the entrance to the al-Qarawiyin Library and a sturdy old tree, is one of the most pleasing areas in Fes. As you approach, you’ll hear the sound of the copper beaters tap, tap, tapping away....
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This group of islands off Sardinia’s chic Costa Smeralda was named a national park in 1996. Only a handful of the archipelago's 60 islands are inhabited. The largest island, Maddalena, is a protected area where wild juniper, myrtle and heather...
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Strada Micurà de Rü, 48, 39036 Badia BZ, Italy
Shuffling onto my balcony at Lagació Mountain Residencein Alta Badia armed with a cup of steaminglatte, I found an electric-green carpet spread before me. Plush with pines and dotted with medieval churches and tinyrifugi(mountain huts)clustered in...
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Via Mozart, 14, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
The Villa Necchi Campiglio, just to the east of the historic center of Milan, may look familiar. The house had a turn on the silver screen in the 2009 Italian movie "I Am Love," starring Tilda Swinton. Even if you didn't see the film, anyone...