There are thousands of reason to visit Milan (the food, the art, the women, to name just a few), but the reason to visit now is the Milan Tattoo Convention, which takes place February 8 through 10. For the 13th annual convention, planners are expecting some of the world’s best artists. So check in with your favorites, but definitely make time to meet the Italian greats, like Angelo Colussi, of Milan’s Quetzal Tattoo, and portrait specialist Andrea Afferni.
Once you’ve made the rounds, take in more inspiring art (and architecture) around the city. Start by booking a visit to the world’s most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The 15-by-29-foot masterpiece graces a wall in the refectory of the Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. And you can’t say you’ve really experienced Milan until you’ve stepped inside at least a few churches, so make time for the Duomo di Milano, too. The Gothic cathedral will most likely be obscured by scaffolding during your visit, but don’t let that stop you from taking the elevator to the rooftop, where you can wander amongst the spires and take in the amazing views.
After your tour, head to Pizzeria Spontini, where the slices come in two sizes, normale and abbondante (if you’re really hungry). When you’re ready to rest, you’ll be happy to have booked a room at Atahotel Quark, where the convention is based. But if you can’t get a room there, make a reservation at Una Hotel Tocq. Situated near Corso Como, home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, this hotel features sleek modern rooms and a pop art bar where you can enjoy a glass of Chianti and some people watching.
And don’t worry, even if you can’t get your shit together to make it to Milan in time for the convention, the sites, the flavors, and the stylish natives will still be there when you get a chance to go—and by then the Duomo’s scaffolding might finally be down. The Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie
Duomo di Milano Piazza del Duomo
Corso Buenos Aires, 60
Via Lampedusa, 11/A
Una Hotel Tocq
Via A. de Tocqueville 7/D