The Layover: Milan

Take your morning jog in Stefano Gabbana's favourite park, eat the best risotto alla milanese in town and don't forget to visit the Temple.

Dinner: Daniel

Daniel Canzian

The feeling in Milanese culinary circles is that Daniel Canzian’s creamy, golden risotto alla milanese is the best in town. Before opening his eponymous restaurant last year, Canzian ruled the oven as executive chef under Italian modern-cuisine legend Gualtiero Marchesi. Making good use of the country’s seasonal ingredients (such as porcini and chestnuts) and premier wines (including sparkling whites from nearby Franciacorta), Canzian conjures up authentic regional dishes like crisp veal cutlet – cotoletta alla milanese – and roasted rabbit with artichoke and potato. The hushed, minimal interior lined with bright yellow accents is the perfect spot for a quiet client meeting.

Via Castelfidardo 7, danielcanzian.it

Drinks: Peck Italian Bar

Peck Italian Bar

In Milan, aperitivo is almost as sacred as soccer. Part of a culinary empire (there’s also Peck, a wine and food store around the corner on Via Spadari, and Cracco Peck, a Michelin-starred restaurant on the same street), Peck Italian Bar is where you’ll find the best spritz and sbagliato in town. The accompanying plump olives, sweet prosciutto and bruschetta make for a great way to experience the city’s take on happy hour, where drinks are normally served with complimentary bites.

Via Victor Hugo 4, peck.it/en/peck-italian-bar

Run: Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione

Photo: © Commune di Milano

Take your morning jog in Milan’s main park, where you might lap soccer players and the city’s sporty fashion designers, including Stefano Gabbana. Start at the turreted medieval Sforzesco Castle in Piazza Castello, and head northeast alongside picturesque trees, following the curve of a 200-year-old neoclassical arena civica. Pass by the Aquarium of Milan to arrive at Arco della Pace, an impressive gate topped with bronzed horses built in the 19th century on the foundations of Roman walls. The 3-kilometre perimeter circuit of the park leads past the Torre Branca – a tower designed by Gio Ponti in the 1930s – and art gallery Palazzo della Triennale.

Piazza Sempione

Art: Hangar Bicocca

Pirelli Foundation

Photo: Agostino Osio, Courtesy Fondazione Hangar Bicocca

Run by the Pirelli Foundation, this contemporary gallery’s gigantic 4,200-square-metre space (a former train machinery factory) makes an intriguing platform for displays. Peek behind the enormous lengths of black curtains and see permanent exhibit Seven Heavenly Palaces by Anselm Kiefer – seven crooked concrete towers that look like a Dr. Seuss illustration.

Via Chiese 2,hangarbicocca.org

Fun: San Siro Stadium

San Siro

Photo : © Valentino Visentini / Dreamstine.com

This impressive structure, built in 1926, is affectionately known in Italy as the Temple and offers the 80,000 rabid fans it seats a uniquely tight connection to the pitch. Make sure to add a day onto your business trip to catch a derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan – the two teams that belong to San Siro – and feel the thunderous roar of the crowd after a goal. For tickets, stop by the AC Milan booth in the centre of town or try Banca Popolare di Milano locations.

Piazzale Angelo Moratti, sansiro.net