In need of a bit of R&R after the excesses of the festive season? Milan might just be the perfect antidote. Start the new year as you mean to go on, and indulge in a good dose of cultural stimulation. The city has everything you need to feed your mind, body and soul.
Start by recharging your batteries and leaving everything behind, with a visit to QC Terme di Milano. Relax in outdoor Jacuzzis surrounded by Porta Romana’s Spanish walls, have a sauna in an old tram cart, or treat yourself to a well-being treatment or a Turkish bath.
Refreshed and ready to go, it’s time to tickle your cultural taste buds… Fondazione Prada is just one of many names reinventing Milan’s industrial past, having taken an abandoned pre-war distillery, transforming it into a cultural hive. It houses permanent installations from the likes of Louise Bourgeois and the current triplic exhibition from Germano Celant, exploring the post-war Chicago art scene (running until mid January). Unwind with a post-exhibition caffé and a sugary delight at the Wes Anderson-designed Bar Luce. Oozing with Milanese charm of yesteryear, its pastel-toned, 50s/60s aesthetic will make you feel like you’re featuring in a film.
When in Milan, visiting the city’s 14th-century gothic cathedral is unavoidable – as all roads lead to the duomo! With it’s golden Madonnina spire and multitudes of carvings, the dazzlingly beautiful cathedral sits in the heart of the city. Let the cinematic adventure continue with a trip up to the cathedral’s rooftop terraces. For a dramatic buildup, shun the lift and climb several hundred steps up the spiral staircase, leading to a denouement of Visconti-esque views of the city below and further afar. Failing that, opt for a bite to eat at Duomo 21, whose panoramic terrace offers breathtaking views of the cathedral itself. Furthermore, festivities kick off early February, as Carnevale celebrations and parades will fill the surrounding streets.
South of the cathedral is Darsena, Milan’s regenerated docklands, that lead into the up-and-coming Navigli neighbourhood. Milan’s oldest district houses a cohort of canals, bars, restaurants, galleries, vintage wares and antique goods. After exploring the cobbled streets (by foot or by BikeM, the city’s bike sharing system), top your trip off with a relaxing aperitivo and a well-deserved seafood dinner at the Langosteria Bistrot nearby.
Luxair now operates direct flights between Luxembourg and Milan Linate giving more choice to its customers. In total 30 weekly flights (Malpensa and Linate together) enable Business- and Leisure customers to travel fast and easily between the two European cities.