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A Perfect Day in Milan

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Milan during the holidays becomes even more enchanting and romantic than usual. Twinkling lights hung over the small cobbled streets of the center create a warm and magical atmosphere, and in every piazza you’ll discover some new brightly lit decoration to admire as the smell of freshly roasted chestnuts wafts through the air.

In Piazza Duomo, the massive Christmas tree dazzles, especially with the glittering Duomo cathedral in the background, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele seduces visitors with its colorful lights and festively decorated store windows.

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While I’m here, I like to start my day with a luxurious breakfast at one of my favorite places to relax, the five-star Hotel Baglioni, in the heart of the Milan fashion district. Overlooking Via della Spiga and just around the corner from Via Montenapoleone, Milan’s most famed shopping district, this is the perfect starting point for a day of leisurely exploring. The Baretto al Baglioni is a meeting place for international jetsetters as well as locals wanting to indulge in the enticing breakfast buffet before starting their day.

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Before leaving the Baglioni hotel, don’t forget to stop by the Amaranto Boutique, where the elegance, style, and originality of high Italian fashion is showcased in the collection of genuine artisan couture. High quality materials, spectacular designs, and finely-crafted workmanship makes stopping by this boutique a must.

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While in the area, I always make a point to go in and admire the season’s new collections at the enchanting Chantecler jewelry boutique in Via Santo Spirito 5. The jeweler’s beautiful array of exquisitely crafted and uniquely colorful pieces never fail to dazzle. This season’s fresh and exciting new collection gives ladies that much more reason to come by this gem of a store.

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After a couple of hours of wandering through the charming streets of Milan’s fashion district, I like to head over to Corso Venezia 18 for a sumptuous lunch at Tartufi & Friends. Experts in all things truffle, the intimate and inviting restaurant has an exquisite selection of everything from light salads to hearty pasta dishes. The prized truffle plays a leading role in the various exquisite dishes. Every time I go I like to try something different, and have always been nothing less than delighted with the results.

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While in the area, I am always curious to have a look at one of Milan’s star boutiques, Imarika, in Via Giovanni Morelli 1. Here I can play dress up with their impressive selection of elegant and unique clothes, all in a quiet, comfortable location where anyone can feel free to find and create their own personal style with help from the boutique’s warm and incredibly helpful staff.

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After a long day of exploring the city’s exquisite shops and boutiques, it’s always nice to take in an interesting art exhibition. Luckily, in Milan, there are always many options: this season you’ll find anything from Marc Chagall to Vincent Van Gogh at the Palazzo Reale, to Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana at the Museo del Novecento. Complete your Milanese experience by catching a show at the famed La Scala theatre, where the divine choreography of Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker will leave you enchanted, a perfect ending to a perfect day.

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