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MILAN — All work and no play would make fashion editors and retailers a dull crowd. Designers Donatella Versace, Angela Missoni, Veronica Etro, Rebecca Moses, Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni and Alessandro Dell’Acqua offer insiders tips on where to wind down.

THE TICKET: Brush up on your Italian at “Un Viaggio Chiamato Amore,” a big success at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The love story’s beautiful scenery and romantic costumes offer a perfectly fashionable escape. — Recommended by Versace.

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Cinema Arlecchino, Via Ariosto, 16. Tel: 02-48003901.


Located in the center of town, G Lounge is a designer favorite for great cocktails and quick sushi. — Recommended by Missoni and Dell’Acqua.

Via Larga, 8. Tel: 02-80298715

Furnished with wicker sofas, torches and rugs, Chiosco is a typical Italian sidewalk kiosk. — Recommended by Etro.

Viale Abruzzi in front of Bar Basso. No telephone number.

The centuries-old Florentine stationery company Pineider serves a great cappuccino in its newly renovated store. — Recommended by Moses.

Via Manzoni, 20. Tel: 02-76394681.


Off-the-beaten path, Il Nuovo Macello with its cozy decor is the perfect backdrop for traditional cuisine served in an original and refined manner. — Recommended by Missoni.

Via Lombroso, 20. Tel: 02-59902122.

Ornately decorated with Baroque and Gothic details, the trendy Le Chandelier includes huge chandeliers on each table. — Recommended by Dell’Acqua.

Via Broggi,17. Tel: 02-20240458.

A tiny watering hole run by a young Venetian, Xe Mauri fuses traditional dishes with ethnic tastes. — Recommended by Etro.

Via Confalonieri, 5. Tel: 02-68856028.

For 37 years, Arturo and Maria Maggi have run La Latteria like their home. Daily menus include fresh produce from their country house. — Recommended by Castiglioni.

Via San Marco, 24. Tel: 02-6597653.

For all things healthy, organic and natural, Ikos boasts a vegetarian buffet. — Recommended by Versace.

Via Boccaccio, 4. Tel: 02 460616


As if you didn’t know, the Hotel Principe Spa offers shiatsu massage. — Recommended by Versace and Moses.

Piazza della Repubblica, 17. Tel: 02-62301.

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