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The Design Explorer

Milano, Italy

Experience hosted by Valentina

3 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Italian

What you'll do

We'll explore Milan through the lens of design—discovering hidden courtyards with wonderful design shops and ateliers. We'll see the work of emerging designers mixed with the great masters of international design. When possible, we'll visit private studios and get the chance to talk with the designers face to face.
Other things to note
If you want to set up a date you can't find in my calendar, please contact me and we'll find it together! :)

Valentina's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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From $61
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Meet your host, Valentina

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 91 Reviews
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I teach history of design and social design in two different universities here in Milan. I'm a journalist, currently writing for Vogue magazine and DDN news. I organize social dinners at my place, bringing people from different countries all over the same table. Mine :) Last but not least, I own a boutique agency together with other 2 partners and we organize design, architectural and fashion tours around Milan since many years. Thanks to all the jobs I do, I have access and the 'secret spots' and I own the keys to open hidden spots, ateliers and showrooms usually closed to public.
I teach history of design and social design in two different universities here in Milan. I'm a journalist, currently writing for Vogue magazine and DDN news. I organize social dinners at my place, bringing people from different countries all over the same table. Mine :) Last but not least, I own a boutique agency together with other 2 partners and we organize design, architectural and fashion tours around Milan since many years. Thanks to all the jobs I do, I have access and the 'secret spots' a…
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Where you'll be

Itinerary may vary according to day and time. Usually, this is the itinerary: starting from the Duomo square, we'll move to Brera or Corso Magenta area. We'll travel from the city center's main spots to ones on the edge of town. Please remember to bring a daily ticket of ATM public transport with you!

Rated 4.81 out of 5 from 91 reviews.

Ryane
October 2020
My first time in Milan and first Milan Airbnb Experience and Valentina set the bar high. I had a great time!!!! She is so knowledgeable about all things design. She is very thoughtful and took into consideration my interest in interior design and fashion. I felt like I had an inside connection to the design life in Milan. If you are interested in design this is the perfect tour for you.
My first time in Milan and first Milan Airbnb Experience and Valentina set the bar high. I had a great time!!!! She is so knowledgeable about all things design. She is very thought…
Krystsina
February 2020
Valentina was very nice. She gave me an interesting information about some Italian designers and their work. It was an interesting evening and talk.
Karsta
January 2020
The design walk was interesting and exclusive! She caters it based on the day and I definitely felt like I was getting a unique experience in such a design-rich city such as Milan.
Jieun
January 2020
The experience with Valentina was really great and exciting. It was amazing to know the hidden places of Milan, and fortunately I was able to attend events of famous fabric company in Brera. Many thanx to her and I look forward to having more conversations and tour next time in Milan.
The experience with Valentina was really great and exciting. It was amazing to know the hidden places of Milan, and fortunately I was able to attend events of famous fabric company…
Kate
January 2020
Valentina gave us a wonderful tour around Milano! We discovered things we wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. She pointed out the design in everything we saw, whether it was in the history of design, the utility of it, or the aesthetic. We learned a lot and got a unique way to explore this lovely city. Plus, she taught us how to ride the metro here, which was so helpful!
Valentina gave us a wonderful tour around Milano! We discovered things we wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. She pointed out the design in everything we saw, whether it was in the hi…
Josh
January 2020
Our whole family really enjoyed our time with Valentina. She did an exceptional job personalizing the experience to fit everyone in the family from the kids (9 and 11 year old girls) to the parents. She is true expert who teaches design and works as a writer in design as well. It was a great way to get a completely different perspective of Milan and see things from the inside. It wasn’t just the fashion, we spent most of the time talking about art, architecture, history, and industrial design both new and old. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Milan!
Our whole family really enjoyed our time with Valentina. She did an exceptional job personalizing the experience to fit everyone in the family from the kids (9 and 11 year old girl…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Camera

Public transport tickets