What to do on Valentine's day in Milan? If you happen to be in the city and want to celebrate the most romantic day at its best but you are in need for some tips, we've rounded up some ideas for you. Check our selection!
Buy a gift to your significant person
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 buying presents each other. Some examples? Flowers, fin instance, can be the perfect idea, especially when it comes to red roses, considered the epitome of pure love and passion or chocolate, maybe baked by artisanal pastry shops (check here for some shops in Milan).
Armani/Dolci by Guido Gobino celebrated Valentine’s Day 2020 by issuing a new collection featuring milk chocolate, pistachio filled pralines plus three thin chocolate creations in three flavours: white chocolate and savoury dried fruit, 63% dark chocolate with hazelnuts and milk chocolate and pistachio. All creations are nestled in a romantic and stylish packaging in bright red with a pattern inspired by the Jaasan fabric collection by Armani/Casa or in a solid heart-shaped bag with zip closure.
>> The new collection is available at Armani/Dolci in via Manzoni 31 or online at www.armanidolci.com
Giòsa Milano – La Bottega del Coccodrillo celebrates romanticism with a new collection featuring heart-shaped accessories for him and for her offering guests wishing to find a romantic gift to personalize their favourite item with the initials of their significant person. The collection includes handbags, travel bags, clutches, belts, sneakers, wallets, mobile phone covers and many more other pieces all in the finest crocodile leather.
>> The new collection is available at Giòsa Milano in via Ciovasso 6. For additional information, please check www.giosamilano.com
Eat out at a restaurant
If you want to find some special venues for your dinner, look at our articles about panoramic restaurants in Milan, check Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Milan 2020, other big-brands restaurants, five star Restaurants from Five Star Hotels, vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Milan. You will surely find the ideal destination for a candle-lit dinner with your special one!
Those wishing to experience a different concept of romantic dinner can book a table at the first Viking restaurant in Milan, Valhalla. Valentine’s day menu has been conceived to be shared with one’s significant person and features deer tartare with sweet and sour red onion and bread foam; veal fillet steak with oyster mushroom and roasted sunchokes followed by a velvet cake with spicy chocolate mousse, mascarpone cheese ice cream and crunchy raspberry topping. The dishes are served in the restaurant’s recently refurbished spaces featuring themed Viking furnishing and can be paired with a craft beer or wine upon customer’s choice.
The most romantic couples wishing to enjoy a special top-notch Valentine’s Day dinner can book a table at Armani/Ristorante to enjoy a special menu. The Valentine’ Day menu conceived by chef Francesco Mascheroni features a selection of amuse bouche including Campari macaroons; Mini falafels with peas and chickpeas, babaganoush, pepper jelly; Wakame seaweed waffle, creamy oyster, salicornia; Crunchy tacos, avocado foam, lime, furikake as well as a selection of new specialities. Among these, guests can savour Red tuna belly, rice, scrambled eggs, sea urchin, nashi; Warm oyster Smoked mountain potato, sweet leek, caviar; Fresh pasta, foie gras, black truffle, topinambur, hazelnut butter, Bourbon vanilla; Cooked in hay, lobster, burrata mozzarella, whisked barley, sherry; Ivory chocolate, rum, liquorice, passion fruit.
>> For info and reservations T: +39 02 88838888
Find additional information at: www.armanihotelmilano.com
Those who have a weakness for panoramic restaurants can opt for a romantic dinner at the Terrazza Gallia rooftop bar or at Terrazza Gallia restaurant featuring a special menu by chef Vincenzo and Antonio Lebano. The menu for 14 February at the rooftop bar features crispy cannoncino, burrata cheese and lemon; Foie gras praline, nougatine and red Porto; Puffed beetroot, salmon eggs, sour cream; oysters with raspberry. The restaurant menu features a selection of delicacies mixing and matching flavours from the east and the West including marinated amberjack, herbs, caviar asetra, tangerine; “il chicco del mulino” risotto with king crab, matcha tea and yuzu; seabass, bouillabaisse soup and saffron; mint and chocolate; mille-feuille with vanilla, passion fruit and salted caramel.
>> For info and reservations T: +39 02 67853514
Find additional information at: www.terrazzagallia.com
A romantic dinner with music? All this is possible at All’Origine thanks to a special tasting menu to be enjoyed with one’s significant person accompanied by the sweet violin notes by Pietro Boscacci, whose compositions are a fusion between classical music, world music and electronic notes. The menu features the chef’s amuse-bouche; poached eggs with figs and potato mousse; sea bass carpaccio with mango cream and ash sauce; gnocchi with almond milk and coffee; soft but crunchy pig with honey mustard; tangerine sorbet followed by avocado mousse with dark chocolate crumble.
>> For info and reservations T: +39 02 5464312
Find additional information at: www.ristoranteallorigine.com
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.
If you wish to find the ideal SPA to satisfy all you wellness whims, check our beauty and wellness section.
Why not enjoy a shopping session together with your beloved person? This idea could be even more appealing knowing that February is winter sales time in Milan. This means that you can take advantage of special reductions on the outgoing collections at the boutiques of Italian and international top brands, department stores, local boutiques selling artisanal creations and even at the outlets and factory stores located in Milan or just a short distance from the city. Some of them even organise special initiatives to celebrate love in all its facets!
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. It is still uncertian whether this initiative will be repeated for Valentine’s Day 2020 in Milan and in Italy.