When thinking of Milan, the vision that most often comes to mind is of bustling streets lined with haute couture boutiques, the buzz of Vespas whizzing by, and the alluring aroma of Italian espresso filling the air. But there's a side to Milan that offers tranquillity amidst the urban bustle, and one of its crowning jewels is the rooftop of La Rinascente.
Location and History
Located right in the heart of Milan, adjacent to the iconic Duomo, La Rinascente is not just any department store. Founded in 1865 and having undergone various transformations, it has firmly cemented its reputation as one of Italy’s premier shopping destinations. While its interiors house the best in fashion, beauty, and home decor, it's the rooftop that often draws both locals and tourists alike.
As you ascend to La Rinascente's rooftop, you're greeted with an almost surreal view of Milan's skyline. The star, of course, is the close-up, unparalleled view of the Duomo's intricate spires and statues. But let your eyes wander, and they'll dance across terracotta rooftops, historic landmarks, and the modern skyscrapers that dot the city's horizon.
Dining Above the Skyline
The rooftop isn't just about the views; it's also a gastronomic journey. Here, amidst the Milanese sky, is Maio Restaurant – a space that combines elegance with relaxed comfort. The menu is a celebration of Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Each dish, be it a classic pasta or an inventive entrée, embodies the rich culinary heritage of Italy. And what better to accompany your meal than a glass of Prosecco, with the Duomo as your backdrop?
For those seeking a quick bite or a coffee break, there's also the Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar and the Il Bar. Each offers a curated menu of snacks, drinks, and of course, the quintessential Italian espresso.
Events and Moments
The rooftop of La Rinascente isn’t just a place to dine; it's a place to celebrate. From intimate moments like proposals with the sunset painting the sky, to private events that turn the terrace into a party under the stars, the rooftop offers versatility and magic in equal measure.
Milan's Elevated Shopping and Dining Experience
In a city where every corner vies for attention, the rooftop of La Rinascente stands out not just for its views, but for the experience it offers. It's a place where shopping takes a pause and life's finer pleasures – food, wine, and mesmerizing views – take center stage. Whether you're a shopaholic, a foodie, or simply someone looking for a serene spot in the midst of Milan, La Rinascente's rooftop beckons with a promise of an experience that's uniquely Milanese.