Milan through the Eyes of Rossana Orlandi…

The design legend takes us on a tour of the city’s hidden gems

by Malika Dalamal
Apr 19 2018, 10:41am

In 2002, art dealer, gallery owner and entrepreneur Rossana Orlandi transformed an abandoned 19,000 square-foot tie factory in Milan into what is now a world-renowned gallery and concept store. The 74-year old – never without her signature wide-rimmed white glasses – is known to have an incredible eye for spotting up-and-coming design talent.

She is credited with discovering Lee Broom, Tom Dixon and Maarten Baas amongst other household names. Orlandi’s impeccable taste is legendary, so who better to give Amuse a tour of the most hidden treasures in Milan.

Photo: Via Fiori Chiari Antique Market

Via Fiori Chiari Antique Market

“I love walking through this flea market in Brera with my husband when it is held on the third Sunday of each month. It’s one of the most beautiful spots in Milan and the perfect place to source vintage accessories, antiques and prints.”

Photo: Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

“My favorite restaurant in Milan – expect an outstanding gastronomic experience.”

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

View of Orlandi’s exhibition at ME Milan Il Duca

ME Milan Il Duca

“A hotel worth visiting – even if you are not staying – for the good vibes and stunning design. Until April 30th, you can see an exhibition I curated of contemporary art and furniture on the ground floor – throughout the garden (pictured above), lobby and library – including some of the biggest names in the industry and emerging artists from around the world.”

ME Milan Il Duca

Photo: The Gardens of Castello Sforzesco

The Gardens of Castello Sforzesco

“Between the walls of this majestic, ancient castle is a green oasis that will make you dream of poetry and art.”

The Gardens of Cstello Sforzesco

Photo:Porta Nuova. Davide Piras fo Stefano Boeri Architetti

Porta Nuova

“A vibrant new neighborhood known for its international flair and of course the incredible Bosco Verticale – the two 27-storey vertical forest skyscrapers designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri.”

Photo: Palazzo Del Cinema Anteo

Palazzo Del Cinema Anteo

“This iconic cinema has just had a huge renovation but still retains much of its original charm. I spend Saturday evenings watching foreign movies here with my husband.”

Palazzo Del Cinema Anteo

Photo: Teatro Parenti

Teatro Parenti

“Founded in 1972, this cultural center is steeped in theatrical history. Plays that started here – from classics to contemporary, philosophical to musicals – have often gone on to define their genre in Italian film.”

Teatro Parenti


La Triennale di Milano

“Nestled in Sempione Park, this museum is the perfect blend of art, design and nature. It’s a truly special space.”

La Triennale di Milano

My Home

“The ultimate hidden treasure in Milan and my favorite place to relax, recharge and spend time with my husband.”