Milan is the Ideal Honeymoon for Those Who Love Fashion, Architecture and Food

Overhead shot of Milan, Italy

Known for its dazzling skyscrapers and historical landmarks like the Duomo di Milano—a gothic masterpiece that dominates the skyline—Milan, Italy, offers a unique blend of cultural heritage and contemporary lifestyle.

Considered one of the world’s fashion and design capitals, as well as a financial hub, visitors and locals alike are captivated by its dynamic energy, stylish shopping districts and vibrant arts scene, making Milan a quintessential example of how Italy marries its illustrious past with an innovative future.

Different from other cities in Italy, Milan doesn’t compromise on its authenticity. This vibrant city offers the perfect backdrop for newlyweds, blending iconic fashion, breathtaking architecture and intimate dining experiences. Here’s your complete guide for planning a honeymoon in Milan.

Stay at the NH Collection Milano CityLife

NH Collection Milano CityLife, an iconic hotel reimagined from a former 20th century church, Milan, Italy.
Photo: NH Collection Milano CityLife

History meets modernity at the one-of-a-kind NH Collection Milano CityLife, an iconic hotel reimagined from a former 20th century church. Retaining the church’s soaring ceilings, stunning stained-glass windows and beautiful architectural details, sleek, contemporary design features have been seamlessly incorporated. This unique fusion of old and new makes it the ideal retreat for design-loving couples, reflected in details large and small—from the sophisticated guest rooms to the heavenly rooftop pool with panoramic city views.

Strategically located in Milan’s prestigious CityLife district, home to luxury shopping and the iconic Pelli, Hadid and Libeskind skyscrapers, the hotel places you in the heart of this fashionable metropolis. The metro is just steps away, providing easy access to the heart of the city. If you are looking to spend more time on-site, sip cocktails beside the rooftop pool (season schedule), wake up to cappuccinos and croissants on your private terrace, or distress and sweat it out at the gym.

Admire the Architectural Wonders of Milan

Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano, Italy, one of the largest churches in the world

Fashionistas will love wandering through the Quadrilatero della Moda—one of the most chic addresses in Italy. This luxury shopping district is near Milan’s Gothic Duomo cathedral—an absolute must-see, with its intricate spires piercing the skies. This is a perfect opportunity for Instagram-worthy photos. Then, enjoy a sunset cocktail at the adjacent rooftop bar with a phenomenal view.

Of course, no visit to Milan is complete without seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Though the original mural is fragile, what remains of this Renaissance masterpiece is humbling. Book tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. Art aficionados, make a beeline for Pinacoteca di Brera. This fine arts museum houses works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Piero della Francesca within a 16th century monastery. The collection is modest but mighty. Don’t miss The Kiss by Francesco Hayez. It’s the Italian equivalent of the Mona Lisa. Brera is also Milan’s artsy district dotted with sidewalk cafes, wine bars and jazz clubs that come alive at night.

Treat Yourself to a Luxury Souvenir

Famous Bull Mosaic in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. It's one of the world's oldest shopping malls.

If you’re in the Duomo area, be sure to visit the adjacent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a glitzy shopping arcade full of the big designer names. Fashionistas, eat your heart out wandering Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. Every single luxury brand under the sun has set up shop here. If big luxury brands are not your vibe, stumble into quaint courtyards housing hidden boutiques.

Savor Pizza, Pasta and Risotto

Pasta and risotto cooking class in Milan, Italy.
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In Milan, prepare your taste buds for a feast! From hole-in-the-wall trattorias to Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional Milanese fare like risotto alla Milanese and Ossobuco shine. For authentic ambiance, head to the Navigli neighborhood, Milan’s remaining canal quarter. Lined with cafés and wine bars, it transports you back in time. Savor thin-crust pizza from a local pizzeria as you watch boats drift by.

Up for a little fun? Take a cooking class to master Northern Italian specialties. Learn secrets behind perfect risotto and light-as-air pasta. As you sip regional wines, a talented chef guides you in preparing a multi-course meal from scratch. Finally, enjoy the fruits of love and labor over a relaxed dinner for two.

With full bellies and new skills to take home, you’ll leave satisfied having created lasting memories. Whether enjoying street food al fresco or gaining hands-on experience in a kitchen made for two, Milan offers memorable culinary adventures for every taste and budget.

By night, live your best dolce vita sampling delectable cuisine and taking in La Scala’s world-famous operas. Quench your thirst at Bar Basso, where the Negroni Sbagliato was invented. This quintessential Italian aperitivo consists of prosecco, Campari and  vermouth, with an orange for garnish. Sip this bittersweet bubbly brew as you soak in the atmosphere of the classic watering hole, a local institution since 1967. Bring Bar Basso home with you by making this classic aperitivo by @notjustabartender.

Take a Day Trip to Lake Como

Picturesque and colorful old town street in Bellagio city, Italy

For postcard-perfect scenery and a taste of Dolce Vita, take a day trip to charming Lake Como. Just an hour away from Milan, it’s easy to escape to this idyllic corner of Lombardy by train. As you wander cobblestone streets, the lake dazzles with its deep blue-green waters, backed by lush mountains. Stop in Bellagio, a small, walkable village known as the “pearl” of Lake Como. The town has an array of high-end shops and cafes interspersed with grand villas and flowery gardens.

Rent a classic Riva speedboat for two and cruise around the glittering waters with the wind in your hair. Explore seaside villages, go for a scenic hike to admire more jaw-dropping vistas or simply relax lakeside. With charming towns, dramatic alpine scenery and plenty of romantic hideaways perfect for stealing a kiss, Lake Como promises an unforgettable escape that feels worlds away, yet remarkably close to Milan’s urban energy. Its natural beauty and fairytale charm encapsulate the essence of an Italian dream honeymoon. It’s bellissimo!