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Where to Do: Milan Design Weekend

- Mary Gostelow, arguably the most-traveled, and most-traveling, lady of the 21st century. She is owner and president of The Gostelow Report, essential monthly market intelligence briefing for the top levels of the hospitality industry. She is also contributing editor to Elite Traveler, The Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine and EnRoute.

A marriage of art and design, that’s Milan Design Weekend. And stores that stay open until 10 p.m. on Saturday (shopaholics take note).

Milan is the world capital of design, and the four day event, October 6-9, 2011, is dedicated to arts, architecture and interior design. Among the museums taking part are the Triennale Design Museum, the Museo del Novecento and the Case Museo di Milano circuit and, for the first time, the Conservatorio di Milano. On Saturday October 8th, 2011, which is designated NOTTE DEL DESIGN, or Big Design Night, the city will be enlivened with special events and initiatives, including late night commerce.

Hotel Bulgari Milano has a special package to accompany the weekend. The 52-room luxury hotel, which opened in 2004, is a conversion of a convent in an amazingly calm garden right in the city center. General manager Attilio Marro is the perfect host, and he makes the long, meandering lobby, with working fire place at the far end, into the ideal place to relax, with comfy leather seating and dozens of must-read art books. The hotel is designed by Antonio Citterio (he who does those latest-look Technogym pieces). Check into one of three suites like number 316 that are fitted, as it were, sideways into the hotel. Feast on the world’s best-ever spaghetti in fresh tomato puree, with olive focaccia, and dip into the exotic hideaway swimming pool. This is Italian style for discerning design lovers.

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