OCCUPATION: Online special projects coordinator for fashion and design

MY STYLE: I like simplicity and elegance, soft shades, and pure lines with a French touch, like Dries Van Noten, Albino and Jil Sander.

I LOVE MILAN BECAUSE: It’s easy to move around and reach the center. There are a few small parks and a lot of beautiful destinations outside the city for a weekend escape.

Bar Bianco

Tucked neatly into the lush gardens of Parco Sempione, Bar Bianco reveals simple and clean Italian cuisine with a modern twist. The upper balconies are perfect for enjoying cocktails and menu items like melon and ham or cheeseburgers with fries. In the evenings, the bar turns into a popular night club. Try for a spot on the guest list, or come early to ensure getting in.


With exceptionally preserved architecture from the 10th century, Castell’Arquato’s perch on a series of Italian hills offers long walks with unobstructed views of the valley. Within the town rests a small restaurant with the same name, serving up a wide array of classic regional dishes. Don’t miss the restaurant during Carnival, when it features a special order of fragrant and traditional Italian pancakes.

Castello di Gropparello

This early medieval fortress and castle sits on a beautiful piece of property overlooking the Vezzeno gorges. Tours of the castle and grounds are available, but the stuff kids really go for is in the Fairy-Tale Park. Under the tutelage of a guide, medieval scenes come to life in village and woodsy setting. Book in advance if you plan on visiting the park on a Saturday or major holiday.

Jannelli & Volpi

Each of Jannelli & Volpi’s wallpaper patterns is updated and modern, whether it’s a graphic print or a more traditional floral or toile. Adding the paper to a room, or even just one wall, adds an unexpected, exciting pop of pattern. We especially love the Marie Claire collection’s vintage-inspired look, with sunbursts and line-drawn shapes.

Città del Sole

With locations throughout Italy, this toy store draws parents and children with its imaginative environment and unique products. From old-fashioned wooden horses to high-tech gadgets, “you can always find really beautiful, interesting things,” says Elisabetta Ferracini. Città del Sole recognizes that toys play an important role in a child’s development, so it’s the perfect place for products that mix fun and learning. Games can be found in Italian or English.


Ronchi’s superior gelato is the result of a focus on the highest quality ingredients and an attention to traditional artisanal preparation, and the gelateria’s décor is a major departure from the usual mom-and-pop corner place. Intentionally playing with a mixture of both contemporary sophistication and welcoming warmth, the post-industrial interior is in stark contrast to the artisanal culinary roots of the product. But once you get your hands on a scoop of chocolate, pistachio, or any other of Ronchi’s delicious flavors, the motif will be the last thing on your mind.

Nichola Hunt

Cocktail aficionado. Large dog breed lover. Fondness of summer dresses. Hater of pickles. Born in London, based in Bali.

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