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My Neighbourhood: Milan

Ross Bonetti, the Livingspace head honcho, grabs some dolce vita in Milan.

Ross Bonetti is lucky—his job regularly takes him to locales that the world’s greatest designers call home. Take Milan, for example: he travels to Italy’s style capital several times a year to meet with suppliers, go to furniture fairs and generally hobnob with the city’s tastemakers. Here, he shares a few spots he returns to again and again.

10 Corso Como combines a book shop, art exhibits, high fashion, a three-room hotel and one of Milan’s best courtyards for lunch.

1) As a retailer, I always like to visit 10 Corso Como, the world’s original “concept store.” The rooftop terrace has a great view of Milan’s cityscape.

Try the signature cocktail, the negroni sbagliato, invented here in the early 1970s.

2) Bar Basso, a historic Milanese bar, is the late-night place of the Milan Furniture Fair. As the crowd arrives, the tiny bar spills into the street and you can literally rub shoulders with some of the world’s most talented and famous designers.

This cool store is housed in a former tie factory.

3) The Rossana Orlandi shop is a must-see for the eclectic merchandise and the amazing space. Look for the elegant Signora Orlandi herself, always in signature oversized sunglasses, greeting shoppers.

Il Pescetto has a selection of fresh cuttlefish, octopus and scallops.

4) One of my favourite fish restaurants is Il Pescetto—fresh, casual, well priced and charming. There’s none better in all of Lombardy.

Lake Como’s shores are mere steps away from the Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s main entrance.

5) The Milan Furniture Fair is the busiest 10 days of my year, so I love to finish the trip with a visit to one of my favourite places, Lake Como. A drive to Bellagio and then a ferry ride across the lake brings me to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo for the ultimate in relaxation.


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