Milan Italy is the real Italian powerhouse where tourists flock to Rome. Home of Italy's stock exchange, high end fashion industry and brilliant design, where Rome is preserved, Milan drives forward, and is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe today.
Milan Cathedral (Duomo)
Taking over 600 years to complete, Milan cathedral is the 5th biggest cathedral in the world and one of the most impressive and recnognisable buildings in Italy. Proving that excessive beauty is not a new love of the Milanese, this cathedral is carved from pink marble and has over 3,200 statues on its impressive frontage. For twelve euros you can take the lift to the top of the spires, which will give you great aerial views over the city and the Alps.
The Last Supper
Leonardo DaVinci's masterpiece is one of the most recognisable images in the world, and many who visit Milan take a break from the bustle of the city to see the calming fresco in person. The image is based in the refectory of the Santa Maria delle Grazie church and has been lovingly restored to its original glory, a process that took 25 years. Those wanting to witness The Last Supper will need to book tickets ahead of their trip, as it is unsurprisingly popular. A viewing window of 15 minutes costs seven euros.
Things To Do
Be a Fashion Star
London, Paris, Milan. As one of the fashion capitals in Europe, Milan is home to some of the most glamorous people and the biggest fashion brands in the world. Gucci, Armani, Versace and Prada all have their headquarters based in Milan. If you fancy a spot of high end shopping, the prestigious quadrilatero della moda is the area to see and be seen. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall also houses many of the big brands, with the added plus of being one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Eat and Drink only the Best
Milan's fashionable reputation also applies to its food. Where rustic Italy gives you stone baked pizzas, Milan has a more sophisticated vision of traditional Italian food, which can be found in its Michelin star restaurants. Milan also has a proud wine heritage, and wine tasting evenings are available in venues throughout the city. Milan is a luxurious playground with some of the best food in the world, it's well worth budgeting for at least one five star Italian meal!
Where to Stay
As the cosmopolitan capital of Italy, rooms in Milan can be expensive. If you are looking for a basic hotel to spend the night, have a look for the bed and breakfasts that will have reasonably priced rooms with a surprising amount of luxury.
The Bulgari hotel is a welcome green spot in the centre of Milan, this old villa has beautiful rooms that overlook a verdant terraced garden with a bar that serves up the best cocktails in Milan. The Excelsior Hotel Gallia is a grand hotel in central Milan, located a short walk from the shopping quarter, the perfect place to drop off your bags before dinner.