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The Ideal Guide to Milan for Design Lovers

Published On

May 1, 2023

May 14, 2024

Art & Culture
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Milan is the city to visit for design lovers from fashion, food, and architecture. You can find a selection of unforgettable experiences if you are flying in or out of Milan for your next Italian Vacation. Here is a list of our favorite Design Museums, The Network of the House Museums of Milan, Hotels, and Restaurants that we recommend visiting.

Design Museums

  1. Triennale Design Museum
  2. Museo del Novecento
  3. Fondazione Prada
  4. Mudec
  5. ADI Design Museum

Case Museo di Milano - The Network of the House Museums of Milan

Just a 20-minute walk from Piazza Duomo, you can arrive at ⁠Villa Necchi Campiglio. ⁠The stylish home of the Necchi Campiglio family. An industrialist from Pavia and founder of Necchi Sewing Machines since 1924.

Milan House Museums
Villa Necchi Campigiglio

Today the home - the museum is managed by FAI - The National Trust of Italy. The sizeable peaceful garden surrounds the Villa. That house displays essential works of art from the 20th century, including works by Picasso, Modigliani, Fontana & Matisse.   A collection of 18th century of paintings and furnishings

The Villa Necchi Campiglio was designed in the 1930s by Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi at the request of Neda and, Gigina Necchi & Angelo Campiglio.

Visit their luxurious family home with the first private swimming pool in Milan!

Company Founded in 1919
Necchi Sewing Machines

The 'Mirella' was launched in 1956 - a masterpiece by Marcello Nizzoli—one of the essential Italian Industrial designers. ⁠ The “Mirella” won the “Compasso d’Oro” and the “Grand Prize” at the 11th edition of Milan’s Triennial Exhibition and is now part of the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.⁠

City Life

CityLife is an urban redevelopment located on Milan's former Trade Fair grounds. ⁠Buildings were designed by three of the world's most recognized architects, Zaha Hadid, Daniela Libeskind, and Arata Isozaki.

Zaha Hadid's CityLife Residential Complex was completed in 2013. Residences include seven curved buildings of varying heights. ⁠ The winding movement of the curved balconies gives an elegant and soft shape. The construction began in 2009.

Residences Hadid by Zaha Hadid
City Life District

Enjoy a full-day tour with a driver and guide to discover city life and other urban and modern architectural marvels around Milan.

Assago Milanofiori Nord Metro Station

Design Hotels in Milan for Archi Lovers

Room Mate Giulia

Design Hotels in Milan for Archi Lovers by Patricia Urquiola includes Room Mate Giulia. The renovation of all common areas at Four Seasons Milan, a great location just off the main shopping high street of Via Montenapoleane. The renovation included the Zelo restaurant, the Stilla bar, outdoor areas, and the courtyard.

Boutique Hotel in Milan
Room Mate Giulia By Patricia Urquiola

Senato Hotel Milano

By Alessandro Bianchi Senato Hotel Milano. Located in the Brera District was once the private residence of the Ranza Family. Senato has been converted into a boutique Hotel in brass, velvet, wood, and wrought iron, with 43 rooms.

Boutique Hotel in Milan
Senato Hotel by Alessandro Bianchi

Portrait Milano - 5-Star Luxury Hotel

Design Restaurants for Archi & Food Lovers

  1. Seta - The Saletta Duomo was created in Collaboration with
  2. Giacomo Arengario, Designed by Renzo Mongiardino, Ristorante da Giacomo - Designed by Renzo Mongiardino followed by Roberto Pergalli, Bistrot da Giacomo - designed by Laura Satori Rimini & Roberto Pergalli
  3. Bentoteca by Mpa Architects
  4. Frades Porto Cervo - by Andreas Langhi Design
  5. La Brisa by Antonio Monestroli
Seta Restaurant two star Michelin
Seta Restaurant - Milan Mandarin Oriental


Our fantastic guide, Simona, has the coolest itineraries for your next stay in Milan's capital of Fashion, invention, and industrial design.

A walking Tour of Brera
Vintage Stores in the Brera District

We typically recommend a few days in Milan to explore the district of Brera for a Vintage Shopping Tour. Visit an iconic collector that has transformed a hobby into a true profession. ⁠

The showroom has been located in Milan since 1985. The location is even frequented by designers looking for inspiration.

Visit the District of Brera
Walking Tour in the Brera District

Designers include Chanel, Pucci, Hermes & Balenciaga, to name a few. Enjoy lunch paired perfectly with an afternoon cocktail at Santo.

Mixology in Milan
Cocktail Hour at Santo

Continue to a location that showcases the best of 20th-century fashion. You will enjoy its intimate parlor-like atmosphere with dedicated events to sustainable fashion sartorial research and craftsmanship.

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