Milan and Verona, cities of exclusiveness

April starts in the sign of luxury and DOC products, these are a distinctive feature of Italy, a sought-after destinations for travellers who like shopping and authentic experiences as cultural itineraries, tastings and special events. We take the cue from two famous events to suggest you where to go on holiday during spring.

Design Week, stylish Milan

By Pava (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0-it (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/it/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons If you are going to Milan, from 9th to 14th April you’ll be overwhelmed by many unique events at Fuorisalone (a collateral festival of Salone del Mobile, where are shown the last trends of interior design and furnishings), 7 days with a lot of stylists, photographers, designers, videomakers, involved in a charming whirlwind.

This is one of the most authentic faces of Milan: the city where every details counts, to offer a pleasant picture, under architectural and social side, also during a difficult period. People who like the unusual but exact matches, Brera is the ideal district, where craftsmen boutiques and art galleries live together, and where you can find the most famous brand stores and the local shops too.

What to see in Brera? During the Fuorisalone this venue becomes the Design District, where to visit the new store of Foscarini, the top light designer which sells not only lamps but innovative ideas for your home. The special welcome of this showroom will be the installation by Attilio Stocchi.

Moroso is an high quality brand for furnitures, and at its store at via Pontaccio shows a collection of Kavdrat fabrics for chairs, with the support of Patricia Urquiola which designed the creative set-up. It’s a trendy suggestion for who is looking for sofas and armchairs realized by renowned designers with a craftsman attitude.

Milan DesignJunction collective Edit by Designjunction is a show conceived by the British collective which gathers 30 talented artists and it will be set-up at La Pelota, a very big venue, the best place to host the most creative brands. The visual concept it will be very original: large sheets of woven aluminum material will act as a visual divider between the stands and at the same time it will be a unifying element. This event is one of the most awaited and is a showcase for the innovative brands which want to introduce their products to the audience. To know more: fuorisalone2013.breradesigndistrict.it

Before to leave Milan visit a place where aperitif is a sort of ritual: the Bar Basso, where vintage and modern creativity are mixed. This bar, at via Plinio 39, is a must for cocktail lovers because here the barman Mirko Stocchetto invented drink as Negroni Sbagliato and Rossini, this is a landmark for who likes cozy venues, relaxing moods and top aperitifs.

Vinitaly, a successful event in Verona

This edition of Vinitaly (7th – 10th April at Fiera di Verona) is the proof of the increase of the Italian wine market, which reached a 5% growth of sales volume, thanks to the export. The event celebrates the 50 years of DOCG institution, the quality assurance system which is a landmark for customers and wine connoisseurs.

Italian gold sparkling wine Which are the best wines of 2013? Who desires an exclusive wine can taste the sparkling wine L’Etoile, which has gold dust as ingredient, a luxury drink with antioxidant properties. Furthermore, the gold dust doesn’t affect the taste and the perfume of the sparkling wine. This product is offered by La Rocchetta di Villongo (in province of Bergamo) and is a model for renewal in a very traditional branch, where is difficult to find new solutions without forget high quality.

The others excellences are the Valtellina superiore from the farmhouse Alberto Marsetti di Sondrio, the result of 10 years refinement at 2700 mt above sea level, at Passo dello Stelvio, produced by Cantina Pirovano, and the underwater sparkling wine Abissi by Bisson of Chiavari (Genoa) which is aged at 60 mt deep. Two samples of creativity and very special wines, the protagonists of this year. This is the official website of the event: www.vinitaly.com

Vinitaly is also an opportunity to visit Verona, a city that host many business events but also a romantic destination for charming holidays. Discover the most awarded wines and the best wine cellars in the city of Romeo and Juliet, an amazing combination for an elegant stay in Veneto.

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