Some cities become so famous for particular qualities that they come, in some ways, to define them. Milan is just such a city, known especially for its contribution to global fashion. But away from the haute couture ateliers and exclusive boutiques, Milan is rich with incredible attractions, great bars and tempting restaurants, and the city is pulsing with life. And there is no better time to see this glamorous city than at sunset, when its wide boulevards, elegant arcades and picturesque canals become even more vibrant in the fading Milanese light. So pull up a seat, order an Aperol Spritz and let the city’s effortless sense of style wash over you.
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Arco della Pace
At the heart of Parco Sempione, one of Milan’s greatest parks, the Arco della Pace (“Arch of Peace”) is particularly magnificent as the sun goes down. Couples and groups of friends are often found strolling nearby, enjoying the magic of this 19th century Napoleonic arch, creating unforgettable memories against the backdrop of the triumphal structure at sunset. All around in the square there’s a constellation of small venues to enjoy an aperitivo, so pull up a chair and enjoy an Aperol Spritz. And after you are done, take advantage of the fact that this is a perfect spot to add grandeur to your Instagram feed, and as one of the city’s most ancient entry points, the perfect gateway to an evening out in Milan.
Join the joy and visit one of Milan’s most unexpectedly exquisite hotspots. It is hard to think of a better way to enjoy Milan’s aperitivo culture than by heading out at sunset to wander the banks of Naviglio Grande – a picturesque canal lined with historic buildings, which exudes an air of timelessness. Enjoy a perfect aperitivo with Aperol Spritz, alongside an array of finger food, such as cheeses, charcuterie and bruschetta. Naviglio Grande at twilight is an ideal place to dive in – at dusk the canal district comes alive with the clinking of glasses, the aroma of unctuous appetisers, and the joyful chatter of locals and tourists alike.
Located in the Po Valley, one of Europe’s largest plains, Milan is a gently undulating city, with only a few hills to climb for evening vistas. Consequently, finding a great rooftop bar is the best way to get an elevated view as the sun goes down. Terrazza Triennale, located atop Milan’s renowned design museum La Triennale di Milano, is genuinely one of the greats. This exquisite bar and restaurant offers the perfect mix of sophisticated design, breathtaking panoramas and creative and enticing food.
Gae Aulenti piazza
Nestled in the heart of the lively Porta Garibaldi district, Gae Aulenti piazza is not just a square; it is the epicentre of one of Milan’s most modern neighbourhoods. Dedicated to the renowned architect Gae Aulenti, the square blends contemporary design with the city’s rich history. The square’s expansive terraces are a great place to enjoy the sleek lines of the surrounding buildings, including the highest skyscraper in Italy. And when the sun begins to set, the square comes alive with a show of lights, music, and water. Gae Aulenti is also surrounded by excellent bars so after the show is finished, take your pick and settle in for an Aperol Spritz!