An Ital­ian city that’s al­ways in vogue

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - CULTURE HOLIDAYS -

As Mi­lan gears up for fash­ion week, Tr­isha An­dres looks beyond the cat­walk to its ef­fort­lessly chic mod­ern art gal­leries

Mi­lan, un­like Instagram-ready Rome and Florence, is not a Great Beauty. But what it lacks in sym­me­try, Ro­man ru­ins, me­dieval cas­tles and cob­ble­stoned streets, it makes up for in so­phis­ti­ca­tion, style and wit. My first visit was to cover Fash­ion Week in 2008; I had a free day to ex­plore, away from the mad­ness of the Mis­soni and Gior­gio Ar­mani shows, and I chose to visit a num­ber of con­tem­po­rary gal­leries. At Spazio Ros­sana Or­landi in Via Mat­teo Ban­dello, I came face-to-face with the owner and de­sign doyenne Ros­sana Or­landi. At 5ft 3in and aged 71, she sashayed down the gallery’s court­yard, as if she were a 6ft run­way model, in an all-black ensem­ble. With her saucer-sized white vin­tage sun­glasses, red lips and snow-white hair pulled neatly into a bun, she per­son­i­fied Mi­lan: stylish and witty, with a se­cret beauty within. The same could be said of many of the city’s best gal­leries, listed in my se­lec­tion of 10 on the right. Some are hid­den, while oth­ers – such as Pi­na­coteca di Br­era and La Tri­en­nale di Mi­lano – are bet­ter-known but, like the city it­self, are still full of sur­prises.

Clock­wise from right: Museo del Nove­cento; Osser­va­to­rio Fon­dazione Prada; fash­ion de­signer Gior­gio Ar­mani; Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II; and mod­els at Mi­lan Fash­ion Week

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