An inspired fusion of Italian fashion, original design and elegance, the STRAF combines minimalist design and classic Italian architecture. The 64 rooms and suites blend design and functionality, maximising comfort. Architect, Vincenzo De Cotiis, a fashion designer of HAUTE collections, has used an eclectic mix of materials, including scratched mirrors, burnished brass, iron, black stone and cement. The STRAF’s location, only steps from the Duomo cathedral, places guests at the core of Milan, moments from the fashionable Via Montenapoleone, the shopping districts and La Scala Opera house. After a day of pounding the Milan streets in search of just one more pair of shoes, the bar offers the perfect spot for relaxation. Those seeking a stylish, urban hangout will enjoy the unconventional atmosphere the bar provides, and the cool, impeccable service. If a cocktail can’t refresh your spirit, try the Japanese massage chairs in the fifth floor chromo and aromatherapy rooms. A sure bet for tired limbs and worn-out minds.
Simone Signoret, Anton Walbrook, and Simone Simon lead a roundelay of French stars in Max Ophuls’s delightful, acerbic adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial turn-of-the-century play Reigen. Soldiers, chambermaids, poets, prostitutes, aristocrats—all are on equal footing in this multicharacter merry-go-round of love and infidelity, directed with a sweeping gaiety as knowingly frivolous as it is enchanting, and shot with Ophuls’s trademark mellifluous cinematography. —The Criterion Collection
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