Curated Classics: Seeing Milan with a local in a vintage Fiat 500
Fashion, art, history, architecture—Milan overflows with cultural attractions. There are at least a dozen city sights that demand seeing, like The Last Supper fresco at Santa Maria delle Grazie and the humongous Gothic-style Duomo. Then there’s the shopping, the gallery hopping, the wining and dining, the canals, the castles, and the list goes on.
But if you want an authentically Milanese adventure that takes you off the tourist trail, you’ll want to add a city tour with Federico Vaccari to your list.
The Fiat 500 in question is a similar make (minus a few mods) to the car Ethan Hunt drives down Rome’s Spanish Steps in MI: Dead Reckoning. It belonged to Fede’s parents, who used to drive him around Milan in it when he was a kid. He was admiring it in their garage after lockdown when inspiration hit.
His tour takes up to two passengers on a 2.5-hour joy ride around Milan on an itinerary he tailors to the interests of his guests. He describes it as “a captivating journey that encompasses the city's rich historical allure and its dynamic modern vibrancy.” One day he could be showing you the Art Nouveau buildings of the Quadrangle of Silence; the next, you could be driving between rainbow-coloured houses along the Via Abraham Lincoln.
Furthermore, Fede adds “it’s a captivating Italian vintage icon. It evokes a genuine sense of stepping back into the 1960s when you’re inside. As you cruise around, you attract curious glances.” How many tours can promise you that level of cool?
While no two Fiat experiences look the same, they’re all connected by the common thread of human interaction. Fede is a natural storyteller and Milan is one of his favourite subjects. He genuinely loves talking to his guests, sharing experiences, perspectives and stories. The conversation flows easily, he says—there’s no formula, just diverse cultures converging to create something beautiful.
And the magic flows both ways. Fede loves waking up knowing he’ll be meeting people from all over the world, from different backgrounds and cultures, who for a few hours will be sharing their lives with him. “I’m a part of it as much as my guests are, and this makes it so special,” he says. “Isn’t it beautiful?”
See the insider’s Milan on your next stay at Avani Palazzo Moscova Milan Hotel, in your own personalised Fiat 500 Curated Classics tour.