Cocktails and carriages in Milan
The ski resorts of Courmayeur on Mont Blanc, Cortina and Madonna di Campiglio are within easy reach, but the capital of Northern Italy – at the base of the Alps – has more than enough wintery distractions of its own. The cosiest way to see Milan in the colder months is from the vantage point of a vintage tram.
The ATMosfera serves up brunch and dinner throughout the week in its restored interior (complete with glass lanterns and upholstered benches), while trundling along two of the city’s tram lines.
Few places do aperitivo hour better than the legendary Bar Basso, which has barely changed since its 1960s peak and still serves its signature Negroni sbagliato (made with Campari, sparkling wine and red vermouth) with a hand-cut brick of ice, served in an enormous glass called the colossus.
Don’t forget to pop into the uber-chic Mandarin Garden back at Mandarin Oriental, Milan, where expert mixologists will rustle up a sublime Carnatic cocktail, made with Roku gin, vermouth, kaffir leaf cordial and aromatic patchouli tincture.