Sure you can hit the popular streets, like Via Montenapoleone and Via Tortona, but to get your hands on the really rare stuff you’ll need to venture away from the crowds. Here’s where to go.
1. Held in the former canal district, the Navigli Antique Market features an eclectic mix of vendors. Held on the weekend, its where Marchetti found his vintage “Graziella” bicycle—the ideal way to navigate Milan’s congested streets.
2. Be Italian, and pick up some chic and colorful socks at Piombo. The striped versions are the perfect antidote to banker blues. (Via Montenapoleone, 23)
3. Marchetti recently renovated his Milan apartment and furnished it with a clean-lined fireplace from Il Caminetto. (Via Ennio, 6)
4. Customize your own fragrance at Cale’ Fragranze d’Autore, a high-end lab dedicated to mixing the ultimate scent. (Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 5)
5. For vintage timepieces, there’s no better selection than the one at Era L’Ora. It’s where Marchetti picked up his 1950’s Jaeger-Le Coultre Reverso Gold watch. (Corso Magenta, 22)
6. While there’s no shortage of cafes that make artful cappuccinos, if you’re looking to limit your caffeine intake, head to ArtedelRicevere for a calming cup of Japanese Green tea. (Via Melloni, 35)
7. In Italy, Naples holds the title for the best pizzerie but da Rita & Antonio(Via Puccini, 2) gives even the Neapolitans a run for their mozzarella. This no-glam restaurant makes magic with flour, tomatoes and cheese. Keep it simple and order the margherita.