How to spend the ultimate romantic weekend in Milan

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Milan may be known as Italy’s fashion capital, but explore beyond its many designer shops – and it’s also one of Europe’s most romantic under-the-radar cities. Whether you and your partner prefer to stroll through old cobbled streets or grab an aperitivo in the city, read on for the best places to sip, stay and play during the ultimate couples weekend getaway in Milan.

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Cozy sitting in a cafe in the Brera. From the cobbled streets to the old-fashioned Milanese stone buildings that sparkle with shutters and wrought-iron balconies, the artsy Brera district is love at first sight. Twins can wander the quaint, pedestrianized streets lined with craft workshops, art galleries, antique shops, and independent boutiques. Then settle down in a charming cafe, like the cute (and delicious!) Sicilian Brera, and drink la bella vita.

Stroll through the canals along the Navigli. Milan’s Navigli district sets a stunning Italian scene with its breathtaking canals, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, dotted with delightful bars and restaurants. And come early in the evening, when the sunset and shop lights glisten off the waterways, you’ll find the perfect spot to enjoy an aperitivo together.

Admire Italy’s most beloved works of art. Is there anything more romantic than Italian art? Bee Pinacoteca di Brera, you can gaze at more than 500 old masterpieces to your heart’s content – the stunning collection includes works from Tintoretto and Caravaggio to Rembrandt, Mantegna, Bellini and more. But the highlight: Il Bacio, by Francesco Hayez, featuring a medieval couple engaged in a passionate kiss.

See a swoon-worthy performance at La Scala. Sumptuous red velvet, lavish high ceilings and layers of gilded eighteenth-century stucco – it sets the scene for romance at the beautiful Teatro alla Scala. Watching a performance in this legendary neoclassical venue that has premiered the world’s greatest composers, operas and ballets is an experience like no other. Insider Tip: Don’t miss the epic love story oneginthe classical ballet with music by Tchaikovsky, art that comes to life from beautiful sets to stunning costumes and dancers who defy gravity.

Stay in ultra-romantic Four Seasons Hotel Milan. From the vaulted and painted lobby with historic granite pillars to insanely spacious suites with balconies offering romantic Italianate rooftop views, this 15th-century former convent is the perfect two-way getaway in the city. The dreamy courtyard, set around a beautiful secluded garden, is idyllic for sharing a glass of Chianti under a shaded cabana. Insider Tip: Lunch is a must at Zelo Restaurant and Stilla Bar, where you can gaze at the ancient architecture of the historic building while enjoying deliciously elegant Italian cuisine.

Steal away in style. You couldn’t find a better one buongiorno to Milan then to Blacklane. This luxury car service will get you off your feet – from a first-class greeting at the airport on arrival to a chauffeured vehicle of your choice – and take you to any destination in the city.

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