Nice Place to Pop the Question in Milan?
May 17, 2024 5:23 PM   Subscribe

~Asking for a Friend~ My friend is taking his GF to Milan to propose next week and is nervous because hasn't yet found the right public place to do so. Any Milanophiles in here? (more inside)

The proposal not a surprise, but they do want to make it a special moment.
They are not looking to have their pictures taken, so no need to factor in the golden hour or anything.
It should l be an intimate moment and a private one. he does want to do it in a public place, but not a restaurant.

They have a whole engagement photoshoot planned later in the week in Lake Como, so it's not about the photo so much as a memorable vibe in a special place that could lasts a lifetime.

as thought starters/for your reaction, here's the Milan suggestions he has gotten from the hotel concierge:
-We could recommend you a visit to the Duomo Cathedral (during the day) and its terraces with a beautiful view of Milan's skyline
-You could opt for Ceresio 7  (during the evening) which is a trendy modern Italian restaurant boasting a beautiful terrace and cocktail bar.
-Pinacoteca di Brera, the famous portrait gallery which boasts many famous portraits such as "The Kiss" by Hayez - very romantic indeed.
-Another is one of the bridges over the Arno, perhaps Ponte alla Carraia.

Thank you, Milanophiles of Metafilter!
posted by wowenthusiast to Travel & Transportation around Milan, Italy (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My first thought was the terrasses of the Duomo, but I'm not sure it will have the intimacy for a proposal.

My second thought was the Brera Botanical Garden. Very romantic, but maybe not what you first think of when it comes to Milan.
posted by mumimor at 5:39 PM on May 17 [3 favorites]

The Duomo roof and the Pinacoteca di Brera may be mobbed by tourists. Out of the two of them I'd opt for the Duomo - it really is a spectacular rooftop and a big space so you may diligently find an out of the way corner.

If they're at all appreciative of gothy stuff, I'd opt for the Cimitiero Monumentale, where you can actually get lost in and find an interesting grave monument to propose by (there are thousands). Otherwise, I'd choose the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, especially if either of them is a bibliophile - it's located in the Ambrosian Library, and the galleries over the courtyard are a lovely quiet place to pop the question.
posted by I claim sanctuary at 4:32 AM on May 18 [2 favorites]

Realt depends if weekday or weekend. Weekday less people
- Duomo rooftop
- Brera bothanical garden, not a lot of people during the week, might find students
-side of the castle during the week
- the garden bar of the rovati museum
- at the top of Torre Branca
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 5:05 AM on May 18 [2 favorites]

My first thought was the Duomo, but what about the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II? To me it’s the essence of Milan.
posted by Phanx at 6:59 AM on May 18

I'll second the suggestion of the monumental cemetery, which I tell everyone that they should visit when they are in town anyway.
posted by jpziller at 7:08 AM on May 18 [1 favorite]

If I were going to propose in Milan it'd be at the Brera museum in front of this painting.
posted by GamblingBlues at 8:06 AM on May 18 [3 favorites]

With regards to the restaurant option:

In general with proposals, I would suggest a physical location that will not signicantly change over your lifetimes and is freely accessible 24/7/365. Restaurants come and go, so you can decide whether you wish to retain the option to physically return to the exact spot in ~50 years.

Fortunately, if this is of interest to you, Milan has many locations that have been continuously accessible for centuries.
posted by fairmettle at 9:08 AM on May 18 [2 favorites]

The very small garden at the back of palazzo reale, as you go through the arc.
It is very small and very intimate, to sit on a bench, in the evening, with fairy light.
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 11:52 AM on May 18 [2 favorites]

an intimate moment and a private one.

Ivera is two and a half hours from Milan, by either train or auto. Looks to be a beautiful town, from the documentary Prospettiva Olivetti. Don’t know how adventurous they are as travelers, but it’s nearby & seems like you’d likely be able to find a nice private public place.

If they don’t have the time, of the options you mention, I’d say the most symbolic spot for the purpose is a bridge.
posted by HearHere at 2:57 AM on May 19

That bridge is in Florence. If you need a bridge in Milan, there are a couple of small ones over the Navigli. I would absolutely not advise proposing on one of those. Too crowded, not intimate

Sant'Ambrogio portico if you are feeling mediaeval
Diana hotel has a lovely garden

I know you are not taking photos, but Arco della Pace looking towards the castle makes a really good backdrop, but only if it's during the day, too many people in the evening.
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 6:00 AM on May 19

I know
The little bridge over the pond at the gardens of Villa Reale, now the modern art museum.
Metro Palestro.
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 8:35 AM on May 19 [1 favorite]

Villa Reale in Milan is neoclassical with a lovely garden, a pond, a bridge and a folly, overlooked by torists, you may find schools children thought.
Before being a museum, used to be the place were civil weddings took place, for like 40 years. Many older Milanese people have wedding photos in that garden. Good vibes.
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 8:52 AM on May 19 [2 favorites]

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