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Time Out in Milan & Como

An eclectic mix of suggestions to while away the hours relaxing in Milan and Como.  The weekly tourist magazine Ciao Milano is available on line here:


  • Designer shopping in the renowned 'Golden Triangle' of Via Della Spiga, Via Montenapoleone area, and down towards the Duomo along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II to the Galleria
  • Coffee or Prosecco at the original Café Cova (1817), ideal for a pick-me-up espresso at the bar or enjoy an apreitivo any time of the day or evening, especially after a busy day shopping!
  • Peck Deli 1883 on Via Spadari, a must to look at the stunning food items, coffee and gift items available upstairs
  • Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele II to be seen, MacDonalds available!  Visit the Prada Boutique established 1983.
  • Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, via Gesù, 5 (between Via Della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone)
    Tel: +39 02 7600 6132 / 7601 4857

    The so-called “noble” floor of the Bagatti Valsecchi mansion, restructured in the 1880s in the Neo-Renaissance style, housed the splendid home of the brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi.  Here, the works of art collected by these two aristocratic Milanese are arranged in sumptuous domestic rooms inspired by the taste of the Lombard Renaissance in a unified ambiance of great fascination.

Lunch time recommendations:

Peck Bar (and restaurant) (around the corner from Peck Deli)

Sofisticated atmosphere with beautiful regional food and wine by the glass.

Via Cesare Cantù n°3,
Tel: +39 02 8693 017 (quick walk from Piazza Duomo).

Da Giannino L'Angolo d'Abruzzo

Hearty homestyle cuisine from Abruzzo in a casual atmosphere. Arrive at opening time of 12.20 and no need to book, otherwise reservation advised as fills with local business people.

Via Rosolino Pilo 20, (corner Via Nino Bixio).  Tel: 02 2940 6526
Arrive by number 23 tram from Piazza Fontana behind the Duomo (or take a taxi) along Via Nino Bixio.  Nb: pre-purchase tram tickets from kiosks or Tabacchi at €1 each (valid for 70 minutes from stamping upon boarding a tram - ensure tickets have not previously been used by checking the back for no time & date stamp).

Trattoria Milanese (1933)

Traditional Milanese cuisine including Cotoletta Milanese: share a couple of entrees and this secondo along with contorno (side-dishes) such as spinach with oil and lemon, and fried potatoes with rosemary. Don't pass up the house wine, or choose from the extensive wine list.

Via Santa Marta 11, Tel: 02 8645 1991 (walking distance from the Duomo).


  • Designer shopping in the vicinity of Piazza Duomo along Via Caino Plinio and Via Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Como Duomo
  • Enjoy the passing parade of the evening passeggiata in the Centro Storico

Lunch time favourites:

Osteria del Gallo

Home-style local cooking and service offered by the de Toma Family, arrive at 12.30 without reservation, or call in advance on +39 031 272 591

Via Vitani, 16

Gatto Nero

In Cernobbio, between Como and Sala

A movie-star favourite with stunning view from high up on the hill overlooking Lake Como, (but rather quiet at lunch time).  Take a taxi from Como or Cernobbio.

Via Montesanto 69, booking recommended +39 031 512 042 (closed Mondays)

Lago Bar and Gelateria

Across the road from the train station Como Lago on the lakeshore the outdoor cafe offers a shady spot with reasonable prices to enjoy refreshment.  Gelati too.