There it comes, once again, the time of the year when everybody becomes more romantic than ever, when chocolate comes heart-shaped and songs relentlessly sing of eternal love: it's Valentine's day! If you happen to be in Milan and wish to celebrate it at its best, but still don't have ideas on what to do, take a look at our suggestions!
Happening yearly on 14 February, Valentine’s Day (San Valentino, in Italian) is considered the day to celebrate romantic love. On this very occasion Italian couples are used to going out for dinner and buy presents each other, like flowers (especially red roses, considered the epitome of pure love and passion) and chocolate, maybe baked by artisanal pastry shops (check here for some shops in Milan).
Eat out at a restaurant
I Tre Cristi Restaurant in Porta Nuova celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special 7-course menu that pays tribute to the city of Milan and to the illustrious personalities that have made it greater. The menu is based on eco-sustainability by using all parts of the raw materials and includes different sweet and savoury creations, paired with an accurate selection of wine labels. 7-course-menu (wine not included), per person: 60 euro
7-course-menu (wine included), per person: 100 euro
For info and reservations: T: +39 02 29062923 or email@example.com.
Find additional information on: trecristimilano.com
Inspired by the love of its two young owners, the recently opened Insieme Restaurant celebrates the most romantic day of the year with a special 5-course gourmet menu. Highlights include oysters, marinated amberjack, meat tortellini with parmesan broth and lemon, clams with mussels and shellfish broth and culminates with nemesis with berries and raspberries.
Full menu: 45 euro
Unconventional Valentine's day
From 11 to 17 February, those who wish to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an unconventional experience can enjoy the Love Week at Dry Milano, born from the partnership with GIASS, the first London Dry Gin of a 100% Milanese origin. On this very occasion, guests to Dry Milano can savour the exclusive GIASS& Love Tonic cocktail by mixologist Federico Volpe, or taste a special menu including the Pizza dello Chef, a special pizza with spinach, sesame and marinated salmon or focaccia with Mazara red prawn sauce and burrata cheese.
Find additional information on: www.drymilano.it
Enjoy a moment of relaxation at a SPA
Flowers, aromas, soft music and a tailor-made treatment to relieve the stress and body tensions and to relax the body and the mind are the key ingredients of Valentine’s day at a SPA. In Milan, public spas and hotels open the doors to lovers searching for a relaxing break with special couple treatments or open access to saunas, Turkish baths, whirlpools and colour therapy rooms. Some of these also offer the chance to enjoy an invigorating aperitivo or light dinner after – or during – the stay at the SPA.
Guests to Four Seasons Hotel Milano can enjoy access to the exclusive SPA designed by Patricia Urquiola, enjoy a massage or an exclusive treatment, or even book the Spa Suite for a couple treatment, maybe followed by a gourmet dinner at La Veranda restaurant. Alternatively, lovers of taste and relaxation can ecperience a chocolate tasting, accompanied by a glass of champagne, at the hotel’s Chocolate Room designed by the hotel’s Pastry Chef Daniele Bonzi.
>> Find additional information on www.fourseasons.com/milan
Enjoy the most romantic day of the year with a massage or a break at the Armani/Spa, open for hotel guests 24/24h daily and featuring a vast array of treatments to meet all customer’s needs. The SPA staff is also available for advice on the best Thalasso Experience, lasting from 50 minutes to 2 hours, while admiring a panoramic view over the city centre.
>> Find additional information on www.armanihotelmilano.com
Valentine’s day is the perfect occasion to gift the exclusive Rubino Hair&Body beauty ritual by the Atelier Marchina Hair Styling in the private luxury suite. The offer includes an ‘Harmony’, ‘Silhouette’ or ‘Relaxing’ massage upon choice, a hair treatment to be chosen amidst hydratin, protein-based, molecular reconstruction and keratine, a manicure and hair styling. The full-pack lasts 2h10 and costs 300 euro.
>> Find additional information on www.marchinahairstyling.com
Get a special sweet treat
Tradition has it that lovers exchange a chocolate box, a cake or a sweet treat on Valentine’s day. In case you and your partner have different tastes – only when it comes to food – you can opt for a ‘Spaccacuori’ cake by Pasticceria Martesana. This means that you can get your beloved one a heart-shaped cake divided in two, one half featuring your favourite flavour and the other one with his’ or her’s, which can be chosen from an array of four different flavours.
>> Find additional information on www.martesanamilano.com
On 14 February only, the Milanese store illy Caffè Gae Aulenti offers its guests the chance to enjoy a special decorated cappuccino served in the new cup collection illy Art Collection by Matteo Attruia. Over 36 combinations of plate and cup offer guests the chance to create a customised message to their beloved one. Moreover, those who will share a picture of their cappuccino on Instagram by tagging @illy_coffee with the hashtag #itsuptoyou can receive the special illy bracelet “Love You” for free.
Open 7.30am-9pm on 14 February.
Rinascente offers its guests a vast array of options to shop for Valentine’s Day gifts. Amidst themed setups lovers of fashion, beauty and food can find limited edition creations by renowned brands including two new fragrances by Gucci and Thierry Mugler, two new lipsticks by Tom Ford which have never been displayed before, a new collection of romantic beauty products by Yves Saint Laurent, as well as heart-shaped sunglasses by Chloé. Moreover, in the food area, foodies can find a selection of limited edition sweet treats to be gifted to one’s beloved one. On 13 and 14 February owners of the Rinasecntecard and International, Visitors card can receive a 20% discount on the purchase on beauty, underwear and food.
>> Find additional information on www.rinascente.it
Museums and out of town tours
In past years, the Italian Ministry of Culture and Heritage (Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali) granted discounted admission to State museums and heritage sites to all couples. For example, only on 14 February, guests visiting the Pinacoteca di Brera can receive a 2×1 ticket allowing a couple to enjoy a full visit of the art gallery at a price of just 1 ticket.