Ciao a tutti! Today marks Italy’s dedicated celebration of gin, The Gin Day, being held in Milan. Launched by Bartender.it, Italy’s “Mixology Magazine”, The Gin Day has attracted some of the industry’s best including Director of Mixology at the Connaught Hotel and Beefeater’s Master Distiller Desmond Payne.
When you are through with all of the tastings and the workshops that range from the history of gin to technical seminars, here are a few must-dos in Milan. Salute! Enjoy the gin!
Be humbled by the Duomo di Milano
Italy’s largest cathedral and the fifth largest in the world, the Duomo is a Gothic wonder. With the first stone set in the 1386, construction lasted six centuries, only officially being completed in 1965. The cathedral dominates Milan’s main square and center of the city, the Piazza del Duomo.
Shop at one of the world’s oldest malls
On the northern facade of the Piazza del Duomo, walk through the arch into the luxurious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Built in the late 1800s, the Galleria is named after Italy’s first king. Its steel structure covers the street below and its center is dominated by a large glass dome. The mall houses some of the cities oldest eating establishments as well as the biggest names in haute couture.
Get your style on in the Rectangle of Gold
As Milan by some measurements has surpassed Paris in terms of the global importance of its fashion industry, it only makes sense to indulge yourself after tasting some fine gins. The Quadrilatero d’Oro is formed by four streets and populated by some of the finest - and most expensive - fashion brands in the world.
Raise a glass to da Vinci
A historically renowned genius, Leonardo da Vinci would have obviously loved craft gins. His masterpiece, The Last Supper, sits in the Santa Maria della Grazie church and is one of the most internationally recognized and important works of Renaissance art, so important that the wall on which the mural is painted survived World War II bombings that destroyed most of the rest of the church.