MI­LAN

GQ (Australia) - - TASTE TRAVEL -

IT’S THE ITAL­IAN FASH­ION CAP­I­TAL FOR A REA­SON, BUT OF­FERS FAR MORE THAN JUST STYLE. STILL, LEAVE THE TRACK­IES AT HOME.

Mi­lan is not so much a city, as a highly-in­ter­ac­tive fash­ion shoot – with restau­rants. Spend time in this al­most preter­nat­u­rally cool cor­ner of north­ern Italy, and you’ll soon think you’ve wan­dered on to Planet of the Mod­els. Which isn’t far off. But amid the fash­ion frenzy are rich his­toric mon­u­ments, sec­ondto-none art and ar­chi­tec­ture, and a food scene that de­fes belief (and the Mi­lanese’s skinny waist­lines). It may not have Rome’s air of an­tiq­uity, but Mi­lan has a richer mix of to­day and yesterday – and a nightlife that’s not only fab­u­lous, but a feast for the eyes.

1. ME­TAL SUN­GLASSES, $367, BY AT

2. COT­TON POLO SHIRT, $508, BY FASH­ION FOOD LOAFERS Mi­lan is best and busiest dur­ing Fash­ion Week (June for men; Septem­ber for the ladies). Weather-wise, June is the bet­ter op­tion, as days are long and you can prom­e­nade the length of Corso Garibaldi in short sleeves and drink in its many cool bars.

(the fur­ni­ture fair), in mid-april, is a mag­net for de­signlov­ing types; early De­cem­ber fea­tures open­ing night for Walk and peo­ple-watch as much as pos­si­ble, and you ab­so­lutely must see the Duomo. This colos­sal cathe­dral is darkly fas­ci­nat­ing in­side, with the most vi­brant of stained glass. But what you can ex­pe­ri­ence out­side is even more mem­o­rable. An ex­pen­sive ticket buys a lift to the rooftop, but we sug­gest tak­ing the stairs to fol­low in the foot­steps of the faith­ful who’ve climbed this way for hun­dreds of years. The view of Mi­lan from the top is in­com­pa­ra­ble. Be sure, also, to

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