When it comes to the dapper Peck family, good taste, just like acting talent, seems to run through the bloodline. Just look to 29-year-old Ethan Peck, who first caught attention for his work on the TV series 10 Things I Hate About You. More recently he’s been turning heads for a different reason—how well he wears quality Italian threads. Like his grandfather, who was a personal friend and client of Salvatore Ferragamo, the younger Peck has also become a close friend of the fashion house, serving as the leading man for their 2015 100th anniversary film Coming Home to Hollywood. Peck flew to Milan for the unveiling of Ferragamo’s latest Men's Fall/Winter 2016 collection a few weeks ago, where we had the pleasure of meeting him and getting his take on the best things to do, places to eat, and spots to shop in the lively Italian metropolis.
DRINK: Bar Basso: The Negroni Sbagliato's place of origin. Just go and imbibe and relish in the atmosphere (Via Plinio, 39; 39-02/2940-0580; barbasso.com).
STAY: ME Milan Il Duca: If it can be managed, breakfast here at 7 AM on the east side of the penthouse is wonderful as the sun rises. The staff is kind and happy and the breakfast spread is so enjoyable. It’s a great place to stay (Rooms, from $255; Piazza della Republica, 13; 39-02/8422-0108; melia.com).
SEE: Duomo di Milan: The Duomo is an obvious destination, but I found it to be unusually beautiful and captivating. It's well worth the wait in line to go both inside and atop the cathedral (Piazza del Duomo; 39-02/7202-2656; duomomilano.it).
DRINK: The Camparino: Have a Negroni here and eat a handful of olives after you experience the Duomo. It's awesome. There's an incredible mosaic on the wall inside (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza Duomo; 39-02/8646-4435; camparino.it).
EAT: Carlo e Camilla: I had the great honor of joining Massimiliano Giornetti and some of the Ferragamo family and friends for dinner here after their Men's show. It's cool and modern, but also has an intimate, old-school vibe. The food is excellent (Via Giuseppe Meda, 24; 39-02/ 837-3963; carloecamillainsegheria.it).
SHOP: Ruggeri Abbigliamento: Also on the Piazza del Duomo. The sweaters are like art (Piazza del Duomo, 21; 39-02/8646-2173; ruggeriabbigliamento.it).
EAT: Ristorante Savini: Located inside of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, I had an excellent meal here. Watch the people as they pass (Via Ugo Foscolo, 5; 39-02/7200-3433; savinimilano.it).
DO: Colonne di San Lorenzo and Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore: The contrast of ancient and modern is very palpable here. Five meters separates a row of present day shops from the massive Roman columns. Inside the basilica I had a profound sensation of the great passage of time. Put your hand to stone and feel the history (Corso di Porta Ticinese, 35; 39-02/8940-4129; sanlorenzomaggiore.com).