Milan has a reputation for being one of the world’s fashion hotspots, but there’s far more to this Italian city than designer labels. The city is also home to some of the finest Gothic architecture you’ll find anywhere on earth, as well as some fabulous international - and of course Italian - food.
One of the highlights of any visit to Milan is the cathedral, Duomo di Milano. This architectural masterpiece took almost 600 years to complete. Over 100 spires and in excess of 2,500 statues adorn the building, and the craftsmanship on show is truly splendid to behold. If that’s not enough, climb the 150 steps to the top of the tower to witness breathtaking views over the beguiling cityscape.
There’s a huge range of Milan hotels for visitors to choose from. At the top end, 5-star hotels in Milan offer superb facilities, and as you might expect, there are some very stylish properties to stay in. At the other end of the scale, cheap hotels in Milan provide everything you need for a comfortable stay, meaning you may be able to splash more cash at the city’s impressive range of fashion boutiques.
You don’t have to be buying anything, however, to enjoy the experience of browsing the array of designer boutiques that cluster around Via Manzoni, Via Montenapoleone, Via Sant'Andrea and Via della Spiga - an area known as the Fashion Quadrangle. Simply soaking up the atmosphere and gazing at the elaborate window displays can be enough. If you’d like a side dose of culture with your retail therapy, the elegant Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele dates from 1877, and as the world’s oldest shopping centre, has some beautiful architecture. Alternatively, if you love looking for a vintage bargain, the Fiera di Senigallia flea market is a must.
Santa Maria delle Grazie is also a must-see when in Milan, as this church is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, which is over 600 years old. If you’re a fan of fine art, this city also boasts some of the best opportunities to see Renaissance art in Europe, with artists such as Caravaggio and Titian well represented. The Museo del Novecento, meanwhile, showcases modern art, and is located close to the cathedral.
Food is, of course, of a very high standard in Milan - after all, this is Italy. The city’s international flavour means that every taste is catered for, whether you fancy simple, local pasta or pizza, or crave something from a more far-flung corner of the globe, such as Japanese cuisine.
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