Luca Finardi, general manager of the Mandarin Oriental Milan, debuting this spring, is on a mission to change how travelers see Milan. “I want to make the city about more than the few requisite sights: The Last Supper, the Galleria…,” he says. As the man who arranged private massages on Sicily’s Taormina cable cars while running the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, it’s no surprise that Finardi, 41, is going bespoke. “There’s so much in and around Milan that the hotel can capitalize on in an exclusive way,” he says. To that end, Finardi is in contact with a seaplane flight school on Lake Como; there are talks of speedboat tours around the little islands of Lake Maggiore. The 104-room hotel itself will comprise three reconfigured 19th-century buildings on historic Via Monte di Pietà. Il Pellicano’s Michelin-starred chef Antonio Guida is devising the menus.
Rooms, from $750; Via Andegari 9; mandarinoriental.com.