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La Dolce Vita

Luxury and style go hand in hand in Italy’s most fashionable city of Milan, and there is perhaps no better place to witness this than at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano


credit card’s throw away from the boutiques of Saint Laurent and Céline, the Four Seasons Hotel Milano is one extremely stylish

and well-positioned base in the centre of Italy’s designer heart. If it’s sensational shopping that you have

travelled to Milan for, you won’t find a better place to store your designer bags. Not least of all because the neighbouring Via Montenapoleone is home to a number of the city’s best boutiques. And what you can’t find here you’ll definitely locate in the grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Piazza del Duomo) around the corner. In one of the world’s first shopping centres you’ll be spoilt for choice with collections by Gucci, Tod’s and Louis Vuitton. You will also be able to see where it all began for Prada at their very first, and still very stylish, store – which even boasts some of the original 1913 features. More of a culture vulture? Te hotel has that

covered too. Just ask the concierge who will be eager to arrange a jam-packed sightseeing


tour of the city for you or book your advanced tickets for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Te Last Supper or one of the city’s many museums. Alternatively, take the short stroll to the

Duomo (Piazza del Duomo) yourself. Te fourth largest cathedral in the world, this is a mammoth of marble and is a beautiful place to while away the hours among its more than 100 spires. You’ll also have a great vantage of the rather unusual Torre Velasca (Piazza Velasca) from here too. As a former 15th-century convent, history

buffs will find more than enough to excite them at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano itself. From its original columns to its atmospheric frescoes, this is a hotel that elegantly marries the past with the present. If you can tear yourself away from the lounge and the work of Filippo Peroni (1809-1878) you’ll be enchanted by the 15th-century courtyard. In a city not known for its green spaces, this offers a welcome breath of fresh air with its stunning landscaped gardens and al fresco seating. As you’d expect some of the building’s best

features are rightly saved for its suites too. And original vaulted ceilings and frescoes are just some of the treasures that await in the split- level Cloister and Renaissance favourites. For something altogether different, the Brioni suite appeals to the more contemporary guest, calling on the designing talents of the Italian fashion house, and combining contemporary design and a sumptuous palette of purple and red velvets. Whether classical or contemporary, whatever décor you prefer, there is no shortage of amenities in every room here. Extensive marble bathrooms with under-floor heating and thick monogrammed bathrobes really are as standard - trust me I’ve seen them all! Te Genius Loci toiletry range that has been lovingly prepared by Lorenzo Villoresi, exclusively for the hotel, is another lovely touch. But what else would you expect from a brand that has built its reputation on exemplary service? Nothing less? Well, that’s what you’ll get. While it may be as elegant as you’d expect from a convent-turned-five-star-hotel, it is the

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