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A Very Milanese Christmas

Milan has something to offer the visitor at all times of the year, but Rachael Martin finds its café culture particularly appealing in the lead-up to Christmas…
Images by Rachael Martin unless otherwise stated
Image © Pasticceria Cova
Christmas lights in the fashion quadrilateral; strings of lights along the Naviglio Grande; cappuccino and pasticcini; Christmas trees as street decorations; festive treats at Pasticceria Cova

It’s late afternoon along Corso Magenta. The streetlights have come on, and the orange Carrelli trams wind their way through the dusk hour as they have since 1927, past villas built by 19th-century industrialists in the midst of Roman ruins, past the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio and the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.

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There’s a seasonal feel to the pages this month, kicking off with our Gift Guide, which is full to the brim with Italian treats and gifts for friends and family. We travel to Piedmont, where Turin takes Christmas lights to another level with sophisticated displays that will take your breath away; and on to Milan, where the city’s best cafés are wrapped up in Christmas cheer. To escape from it all, we discover the forgotten history of a quiet corner of Lazio that’s right off the beaten track, marvel at the extraordinary Krampus tradition, and attend a chestnut festival near Viterbo.