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Umberta Beretta
Entrepreneur and philantrophist


A colour that represents Milan the best?
Gold.

Which cultural figures have influenced Milan the most (past or present)?
I can think of patrons of the arts like Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, women like Giulia Maria Crespi or Bona Borromeo today.

Which buildings or pieces of architecture, apart from il Duomo, represent Milan the best?
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, via Montenapoleone, even though it is not a building, and La Scala of course.

Some must see design locations around the city?
Fondazione Prada, the Triennale, Hangar Bicocca, the Monumental Cemetery.

Where to relax and unwind in the city?
On the Duomo rooftop listening to your own playlist or getting a massage at the spa at the Armani Hotel.

Your favourite shopping spots (for clothes but also books or flowers or jewels etc….)?
The Tom Ford store, the bookshop at L’Arabesque cafe, the Armani store bookshop.

Your favourite place to stop for a coffee and pasticcino?
Sant Ambroeus, very classic and old school.

Favourite restaurant(s)?
La Risacca 6, Cracco in the Galleria…especially for an intimate dinner in the foyer, Giacomo Bistrot and Sunday pizza at le Specialita’.

A spot for a drink in the night?
Aperitivo at the Trussardi Café, tisane at Palazzo Parigi.

Where to go to see and be seen?
Nobu or il Barretto at the Baglioni Hotel for dinner, and Paper Moon Giardino or il Salumaio di Montenapoleone at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum for lunch.

Your perfect day in Milan?
The rare ones with a blue sky.

Your favourite secret spot in the city?
The Poldi Pezzoli museum.

Why do you live in Milan?
I moved because of my son’s schools but ended up loving it and staying.