Milan Destination Guide
With a dynamic program of art exhibitions, opera and ballet on the agenda, not to mention a host of traditional festive activities, Milan is an exciting place to be this winter. Don’t miss the citywide showcase of some of Italy’s most significant modern artists, from Mario Merz to Achille Castiglioni, as well as the iconic Milan Fashion Week.
Restaurant Torre at Fondazione Prada
Great art, floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic sweeps of Milan and a suspended spirits rack generously stocked to exact a smart cocktail list sets the scene for an elegant evening at Restaurant Torre. Pieced together by OMA architects Rem Koolhaas, Chris van Duijn and Federico Pompignoli, the elegant space is Fondazione Prada’s newest launch and Milan’s most coveted menu.
Fondazione Prada, Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano
+39 02 2332 3910
Aggiungi un Posto a Tavola (Set another Place at the Table)
When Don Silvestre receives a phone call from God foretelling a second universal flood, the 44-year-old must hurriedly construct an ark. Breathing new life into Pietro Garinei, Sandro Giovannini and Iaia Fiastri’s original script and accompanied by the frothy melodies of Armando Trovaioli, this musical comedy promises laugh-out-loud calamity, bold scenography and an uplifting finish.
Teatro della Luna, Via Giuseppe di Vittorio, 6, 20090 Assago
+39 02 48857333
One of Rossini’s best-known operas and a novel spin on Cinderella, sensational ballet La Cenerentola pirouettes into Teatro all Scala this spring. Good-natured heroine Angelina (Cinderella) longs to get away from her wicked sisters and attend the Prince’s grand ball. But how will her rags-to-riches tale end? Expect spectacular choreography and dazzling costumes.
Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milan
+39 02 88791
Living Planet Symposium
Held every three years in the space-age MiCo centre, this year’s edition of the European Space Agency’s Living Planet Symposium explores how Earth is seen from a distance. Astrologists and stargazers can admire extraordinary images and footage of our planet from outer space, and discover how new technologies are revolutionising the way we can observe it.
Milano Congressi, Piazzale Carlo Magno 1, 20149 Milan
+39 02 4997 7134
The Art of Banksy: A Visual Protest
Synonymous with provocative street art, Banksy’s identity remains an enigma. His work, however, is recognised across the globe. The Art of Banksy: A Visual Protest draws together more than 80 of the anonymous artist’s paintings, sculptures and prints to stage a tribute to his refreshing visual commentary on politics and pressing social issues.
Mudec, via Tortona 56, CAP 20144 Milan
Art on Naviglio Grande
Navigli is a bohemian haven of art galleries that’s well worth exploring. On Sunday, May 5, the banks of the serene Naviglio Grande canal bristle with pop-up stalls displaying paintings, photographs, sculptures and illustrations by local artists. Stroll through to soak up the neighbourhood’s laid-back ambience and browse unique treasures from Milan’s creative talent.
Naviglio Grande, Milan
+39 02 89 40 99 71
Milano Food City
Few do food quite as famously as Italy, and nowhere is it celebrated with as much flavour as Tutto Food’s Milano Food City. Parmesan tastings, celebrity chef presentations and workshops on how to perfect homemade pasta are served alongside a gastronomic array of menus paying tribute to the most sought-after tastes from across the country.
Various locations around Milan
+39 02 4997 6239
Piano City Milano
A citywide ode to music, Piano City Milano offers a melodic programme of performances by established and emerging pianists in unusual venues, all of which are open to the public over the weekend. Expect to stumble upon a Schubert recital in a private courtyard, a Rolling Stones tribute in the tram or a pianist playing jazz in the park.
Various locations around Milan
Orticola Flower Show
The grand sweep of Indro Montanelli’s Garden erupts in a vivid rainbow of spring and summer blooms for Orticola Flower Show. With fragrant roses, lilacs, peonies and geraniums on display beneath pretty puffs of cherry blossom, it’s a stunning floral celebration that marks the true start of summer in the city.
Indro Montanelli’s Garden, Bastioni di Porta Venezia, 20121 Milan
+39 02 0202
One of Milan’s major cultural highlights this month, an ambitious exhibition of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Neoclassical works shows in the grand interiors of the Palazzo Reale while the Ingres Museum closes for refurbishment. The retrospective offers a rare opportunity to encounter the French genius’ exquisite handiwork in a palatial setting.
Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milan
+39 02 8846 5230