Edit & illustrations: Dané Stojanovic

Oh, how we aspire to be able to travel internationally again. The excitement of stepping onto foreign soil and into a culture so different from our own; the wine, the wanderlust, the pure whimsy – we long for it all. Until such a day arrives, GRAZIA will be publishing At Home City Guides, a one-stop shoppable gazette designed for you to capture a little piece of the beauty of a city from your living room.

Our first stop is to the beloved home of GRAZIA’s headquarters: Milan. While it has been hit very hard by the coronavirus pandemic, we haven’t forgotten the heady scents of freshly baked bread, the ornate balconies, the accordion-clad buskers, the pasta – the pasta – or how a passing immaculately dressed Italian woman can stop us dead in our Aperitivo hour tracks.

One such woman was Jeanne Moreau, the (French) star of Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1961 Italian drama La Notte. The Scorsese-endorsed melancholy classic was revolutionary for its time as it green-lit a potent new language for storytelling – and specifically, tales of great love in all its forms; fragmented, lusty, all-consuming. The film follows Moreau’s Lidia, the discontented Italian wife of novelist Giovanni (played by Marcello Mastroianni). Set across 24 hours, Lidia journeys through Milan and its outskirts as she grapples with her marriage breakdown. 

We’ve used La Notte – which can be streamed via YouTube – as the base for our Milanese inspiration and built you a checklist around its vibe so you can recreate a mini-Milan in your home.

Transform your evening –  and your wardrobe – as we transport you to Italy.

THE FILM TO WATCH

La Notte. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni in 1961 and starring Jenna Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni and Monica Vitti, this Italian drama is your window into old world Milan tonight. Sink into your lounge with your Negroni and watch this love affair play out. Stream it now. 

THE DRINK TO DRINK

A Negroni. If you’re looking for something a little left-of-centre, try Stanley Tucci’s non-traditional take on that “ubiquitous Milanese cocktail”.

WHAT TO EAT

Saffron Risotto. A Milanese classic, try this buttery version with spring onion and green garlic, courtesy of the New York Times.

THE ATTIRE

Khaite, Beth ribbed-knit midi dress, SHOP NOW

Prada Eyewear, hexagon lens tinted sunglasses, SHOP NOW

Zara, heeled sandals with chain detail, SHOP NOW

THE SCENT

Gucci The Voice of the Snake, Oud, 100ml, eau de parfum SHOP NOW

THE STATEMENT PIECE

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