If the weather is not at its best, two very different restaurants, both of which high-quality and with a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere, could bring back cheerfulness to your Easter weekend. In Via Solferino, right in the centre in the Milanese Brera district, there is the “Pisacco” (pisacco.it), run by the starred chef Andrea Berton. It is a contemporary and elegant bistrot “dedicated to modern Italian cuisine, with no frills, healthy and most of all accessible”. The restaurant is open on Easter Sunday. The other one is “Un posto a Milano” (unpostoamilano.it), a restaurant located inside the beautiful Cascina Cuccagna, in the Porta Romana district. You can taste creations by the chef Nicola Cavallaro, immersed in a tranquil atmosphere, surrounded by didactic vegetable gardens, hothouses and a zero-mile shop. It is open both on Sunday 31 March and on Monday 1 April, but at the restaurant they strongly recommend booking at the following number: 0039 02.5457785
A clear sky and sun: the ideal weather for a walk and a picnic in the midst of nature. Buy a bottle of wine – from Sarfati (sarfati.it), inside the Utopia bookshop in the Moscova district, where they sell both Italian and foreign natural wines – and set off for Boscoincittà, a public park run by the association Italia Nostra, on the Western outskirts of Milan. As well as being surrounded by greenery, you can visit the Cascina San Romano, dating back to the fifteenth century. An alternative is buying some beautiful – but most of all delicious – Ladurée (laduree.fr) eggs in the Excelsior (excelsiormilano.com) building in the Duomo district in Milan, and then going to visit Villa dei Necchi (villanecchi.it). It was built in the 30s by the Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi for owners belonging to the industrial bourgeoisie of the Lombardy region. It is open both on Sunday and on Monday.
If you want to escape abroad this weekend, there is the thirty-second edition of the International Istanbul Film Festival, which will be held in the Turkish capital until 14 April. A really charming place to drink a lemonade is the Limonlu Bahce; it has an outdoor area with wooden tables, where you can sit as long as you like in an atmosphere made relaxing by music and suffused lighting. For a breathtaking stay, book a room at the 4 Floors Istanbul, a delightful boutique hotel in the heart of Galata, which is contemporary and elegant and overlooks the Bosphorous. It is a building dating back to the nineteenth century, renovated by the owner – and designer – Sema Topaloğlu.