Nikola Frates is a Senior Flight Attendant, and has lived in Italy for 15 years. Not just anywhere in Italy, mind you, but in fashion metropolis Milan. Without any further ado, the amiable flight attendant wrote a report for the myAustrianBlog.
After our tour of a selection of Milan’s shopping temples during the day, the dolce vita in Italy’s second city continues into the evening. On the way back to Duomo underground station, we take a look around concept store Excelsior, where we find all this season’s trends over a number of different floors – just as we do at La Rinascente, a traditional Italian department store directly opposite.
Then, as the sun slowly begins to set and the people on the Piazza del Duomo are casting long shadows on the cobblestones, it’s time to enjoy the most important time of day in Milan: L’Aperitivo!
Locals like to hook up here for a glass of Campari after work and before dinner: the liqueur made from citrus fruits is the classic Milanese aperitif, and best drunk shakerato (shaken) and con una lacrima di gin (with just a drop of gin). All the bars serve little snacks as well between 6.00 and 8.00 pm. Gaspare Campari invented the drink when opening Milanese institution Caffè Camparino, in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, back in 1915. The bar rapidly became a meeting place for artists including Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini.
We move on by underground, this time to Moscova station. Once there, we walk along Corso Garibaldi in the direction of Piazza 25 Aprile, past hotspots such as the Radetzky and a few shoe shops – to Mecca for any lover of Italian food: Eataly offers a vast range of Italian specialities and products over four floors.
Our walk continues through Corso Como and the brand-new Isola district, where avant-garde designers such as Moschino and Les Hommes have set up new homes in recent years. Just in time for sunset, we end up with a classic Campari shakerato at rooftop bar Ceresio 7, which blows us away with its sophisticated design, two (!) pools and sensational view.
We were originally planning to spend the evening at the traditional Trattoria della Pesa; that was full-up, unfortunately, so we end up enjoying a classic – and excellent – Risotto alla Milanese at its sister restaurant, Il piccolo della Pesa.
After dinner, it’s time to head for the airport, first by underground, and then the Malpensa Express. Our duty starts at 6.00 am the next morning, with our flight back to Vienna – and so our pleasant ‘day-trip’ to Milan comes to an end.
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