During the winter, I frequently travel to Milan with a stop in Lake Como for a little indulgence in art and adventure. From the shops of Corso Como to the world-famous Duomo, operas and performances at La Scala, art exhibits at the Fondazione Prada, Mudec and many more; Milan is the cultural capital of Italy. No matter the season, visitors can expect to find innumerable ways to spend their days and nights. Known for fashion, Milan is also the site of one of the world’s most important Fashion Weeks, where the city becomes the favorite hub for designers, artists and fashion lovers alike.
Where do you prefer to stay?
Bvlgari Hotel Milano where there's an amazing mix of hotel guests and in-the-know locals. On a private street in downtown Milan between Via Montenapoleone, Via Della Spiga, La Scala and the Accademia di Brera is the tastefully renovated 18th-century Milanese palazzo where The Bvlgari Hotel Milano lives. The Bvlgari Hotel Milano is a five-star hotel situated in the cultural and commercial heart of a city. Behind its austere façades, it hides delightful and unexpected courtyards and green spaces. One such space is the luxury hotel’s 4,000-square-meter private garden, it is a natural extension of the nearby Botanical Garden and is a restorative oasis of serenity and relaxation in the midst of Milan’s busy pace.
Favorite meal in Milan?
The traditional pastas and fresh fish made at Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone: The Salumaio di Montenapoleone, a historic restaurant located in Via Santo Spirito 10 in Milan, is much more than simple gastronomy or a catering activity. It is a "piece" of the history of Milan, a piece of society in the center of the quadrilateral of Milan fashion. The passing of time has made the cured meat shop a real historical place, which was opened in 1957 in Via Montenapoleone by the Travaini family, and which since then has been continuously renewed, passing from father to son for three generations.
Best coffee in Milan:
Cova on Via Montenapoleone: Cova is one of Italy’s oldest pasticceria and is an international destination. Celebrated for its product excellence, impeccable service and fascinating interiors, Cova is an institution that exalts tailored craftsmanship and creativity.
Your go-to spot for well-tailored Italian clothing?
Ermenegildo Zegna remains one of the most renowned men-fashion lines in Italy.Photo by Gaetano Cessati on Unsplash
Off the beaten path place to stop while driving through Italy?
Fondazione Prada, designed by architect Rem Koolhaas. Co-chaired by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli, it’s become a cultural institution for contemporary art.Photo by Bethany on Unsplash
Once you’ve reached Lake Como, what is the best spot to experience a breathtaking view?
I usually stay at Villa d’Este on the lake, and between Lago di Como and the gardens surrounding the property, you’re surrounded by breathtaking views. There are suites overlooking the lake and private 19th-century villas if you’re looking for a more of a secluded retreat—perfect for when I truly need to get away from the hustle and bustle in Dallas.
An Italian getaway wouldn’t be complete without:
The Ferrari Museum in Maranello. For F1 fans like myself, it’s a definite stop.Photo by Anton Luzhkovsky on Unsplash
Any other top spots you’d recommend for our readers during an Italian getaway in the middle of winter?
Milano Cortina. There’s a feeling of a modern European city within a classic wintry Alpine environment—and it’s the official host of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games!