Market directors check into the Carlton Hotel Baglioni (Via Senato, 5; 39-02-77077) and book an appointment at its Guerlain Spa for later in the week.
No matter how crazy the show schedule is, everyone finds time to go to Marni’s flagship (Via Spiga, 50; 39-02-763-17327), which has all the groovy dresses and crafty bags that don’t get bought by New York stores (some play hooky for half a day and book car services to the Marni Outlet, Via Tajani Filippo, 1; 39-02-7104-0332).
10 Corso Como Cafe (Corso Como, 10; 39-2-654831) is one of the few places open on Sunday, and after brunch, visitors sort through one of the best boutiques in Europe, with art books, CDs, and good edits of Comme des Garçons and Vivienne Westwood.
During the week, though, it’s lunch at Bice (Via Borgospesso, 12; 39-02-7600-2572), a stalwart of hearty Italian food, before heading over to Il Salvagente (Via Fratelli Bronzetti, 16; 39-02-7611-0328) for relatively decent sale prices on Alberta Ferretti and Prada. Evenings end with a drink upstairs at the Armani-owned Nobu (Via Pisoni, 1; 39-02- 7231-8645), before dining on fried zucchini blossoms at Da Giacomo (Via Sottocorno Pasquale, 6; 39-02-7602-3313).