Love fashion, luxury and design? Fly to Milan!
Milan, the capital of elegance
As a fashion destination famous for its shopping, Milan offers all the big names like Versace, Gucci, Prada and Armani. Get all the new fashion and design trends! Stroll through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the arcade known as the 'living room of Milan', and discover fashion boutiques, cafés and restaurants including the famous Biffi. Walk down Via Montenapoleone, the most chic road in Milan and the temple of Italian fashion. There is something for every purse in Via Torino, Corso Vittoria Emanuele, Corso di Porta Ticinese and Corso Buenos Aires.
After shopping take in some culture
Start your visit of Milan with its most famous monument, the Duomo or cathedral, an amazing mix of gothic, neo-gothic and neo-classical architectural styles. If you have a little more time, head for two unmissable museums of Italian art, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Pinacoteca di Brera. La Scala is Milan's famous opera house and one of the most beautiful in Italy in which the world's greatest opera singers have been performing since 1778. Reserve tickets for a magical evening.
Beautiful things to see in Milan:
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - a wonderful covered arcade between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala
Saint Laurence Basilica - an imposing Romanic church in a beautiful park with remains of Roman columns
Castello Sforzesco - a huge fortress from the time of the Duchy of Milan, now a major cultural centre for the city with museums and exhibitions
San Babila :- an old church in Piazza San Babila facing La Scala.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci - Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting in the refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Navigli - stroll along lively and attractive canals to find fashionable restaurants, shops and bars.
Milan's buzzing nightlife
If parties, dancing and discos are you, Milan attracts some of the most fashionable DJs. Some of the liveliest districts for nightlife are Porta Garibaldi, Navigli and Brera with their on-trend places. Many of Milan's coolest bars serve brunch (from 10 in the morning to 2 pm) and aperitivos (from 6 to 9.30 in the evening), both musts with the locals.
And let's not forget, like everywhere in Italy - the food! You'll find excellent restaurants in the Brera district in the historic centre of Milan and lots of other restaurants and pizzerias in the Navigli district offering Milanese specialities at prices that won't break the bank. Don't leave without tasting a risotto alla milanese.
Milan Tourist Office: www.turismo.milano.it
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