The Milanese have taken their flair for design and haute couture and relocated it to the kitchen.
This Italian island is home to Baroque architecture, wines grown on the slopes of Mount Etna, endless pastries and superb pastas.
The tradition of pre-dinner drinks served with snacks has morphed into a nightly phenomenon of complimentary lavish buffet spreads.
With stunning Renaissance art and architecture on constant view, there is a sense of elegance and permanence that helps root all who live here.
Photos & videos