If you are a lover of fashion and design, then there are few destinations that can match Milan for a short city break.
The city sits in the Lombardy region towards the North West of Italy and is also known around the world for being one of the best places to go if you are seeking top end dining and some of the best shopping around.
No matter when you decide to visit Milan, an unforgettable experience is pretty much guaranteed although many will head for the city during spring or autumn when slightly lower temperatures keep things pleasant.
Even in the middle of summer, things won’t get too hot although the levels of humidity will increase, whilst you’ll need to pack a jacket if you plan a trip to Milan in the middle of winter – when the average temperatures will be little over freezing.
Modern day Milan features plenty to keep those who want to examine Italian culture busy, with the Santa Maria delle Grazie and La Scala being just two of the historical sites within the city that should feature highly on the ‘to do’ list.
But, whilst the old has its part to play on a trip to Milan, the city is one which is very much all about the here and now.
The fact that Milan is often referred to as Italy’s fashion capital should tell you everything you need to know about the city, and you’ll be able to spend time enjoying some of the best shopping around.
Expect to see all of the big names from the fashion world represented , with the area around the Quadrilatero d'Oro being the place where you’ll want to visit for outfits that could have come straight from the catwalk.
Of course, the prices that those outfits command might be out of reach and in that case, there are both high street and outfit options aplenty where you can seek to pick up a bargain.
You’ll also find yourself somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to dining in Milan, with the city being home to some of the best restaurants anywhere in Italy.
Expect to find culinary treats from across Europe with a number of restaurants carrying Michelin stars although as the other end of the scale, you won’t be short of options if you just want a quick bite to eat whilst exploring the sights.
There are also plenty of bars on an evening for those wanting to embrace the nightlife.
The cathedral in Milan dates back as far as the 1380s but was only actually completed in the mid 1960s. The spectacular gothic building is one of the largest churches in Italy and is famous for its towering spires, thousands of statues and impressive stained glass windows. Visitors to the cathedral can head for the roof to take in views of the surrounding area and also to get up to close to some of the most intricate parts of the design.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
If you want to hit the shops in Milan – and who wouldn’t – then a visit to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a must. One of the oldest active malls in the world, the landmark building has been welcoming shoppers since the 1870s and is famous for its huge glass dome , which allows natural light to flood the interior.
Santa Maria delle Grazie
The Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to one of the most famous pieces of art in Italy, with da Vinci’s Last Supper being located in the refectory of the convent. The mural can be viewed on special guided tours that must be booked in advance.
The Teatro la Scala is a famous opera house in Milan that opened back in the 1770s. The theatre has been the scene of shows from some of the most famous names in ballet and opera and catching a performance is sure to be one of the most memorable moments of any trip to the city.
Once an important citadel in the Italian city, Sforza Castle is now home to a number of museums and art collections and is well worth a visit on a trip to Milan. Expect to see works from across the ages alongside various artefacts that date back thousands of years.
The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is one of the most famous race circuits in the world and plays host to the Italian Grand Prix every year. Easily accessible from Milan, the circuit is also open throughout the year for driving experiences as well as special guided tours where you can take to the podium and follow in the footsteps of some of the great and good of motorsport. Should you visit the circuit, then you might also want to explore the historical Royal Villa of Monza, which is located nearby.most
The Quadrilatero d'Oro is one of the most famous shopping districts in the world and the place where you’ll find the top designer stores in the city of Milan. The likes of Armani, Chanel, Tiffany & Co and Rolex all have stores in the area where you’ll also find some of the very best dining available. Even if you can only gaze through the windows at the designer gear, it’s a great area of the city to go people watching.
Around two hours north of Milan, so accessible for a day trip, Lake Como is one of the most naturally beautiful areas of Italy and well worth a visit if time allows. Surrounded by wooded hills, the lake is a great place to head if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some time relaxing.
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