Milan – Italy is an historic busy city with world-famous designer stores, a lively nightlife and many cultural attractions for its visitors to enjoy. Milan is known as the centre of fashion and business. It is a great destination for a city or short break holiday. Much of the cities main sights including the upmarket designer shops are situated within the area of the Piazza del Duomo.
At the heart of Milan is the Duomo established in 1386 it is one of the largest examples of Gothic and Romanesque churches in the world. Inside the Duomo are some remarkable stained glass windows in the late afternoon the half-light comes through the tall panels of stained glass, worth seeing. This imposing religious structure has more than three thousand statues and took almost five centuries to complete. Visit the cathedral roof amid the ornate spires and the gilded statue of Madonna, if you would like to see some fine views of the city and beyond.
Next to the Piazza del Duomo you will find the 19th century glass covered shopping arcade the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele it was designed in 1865 by Giuseppe Mengoni who tragically died days before the inaugural ceremony when he fell from the roof. You can enjoy a rather 'expensive' cup of coffee here in one of the cafes admire the mosaic floors, do a little people watching, and explore the Galleria.
Milan has a good selection of tourist attractions to keep you busy, it is rich in art galleries, opera and ballet. Many people come to Milan to visit La Scala one of the world’s greatest opera houses, if you are hoping to see a performance or concert at La Scala you are advised to book well in advance of your visit to the city, you can get more information and book online www.teatroallascala.org, the opera season in general runs from December to July. The La Scala Museum is an interesting museum featuring costumes, theatre sets which are of great historical value and related items including ancient musical instruments
North of La Scala brings you to the Brera district, Via Brera and the nearby streets have small art shops and galleries, this charming area also has several stylish bars and restaurants. Milan’s most celebrated art gallery is at Via Brera 28 the Pinacoteca di Brera, this superb gallery originally set up by Napoleon contains works by Italy’s greatest. It is a large gallery and if your time is limited you should choose what interests you personally to get the most out of your visit.
Milan has been connected with fashion for many years and is another reason for visiting the city! The top name fashion shops are to be found in the Quadrilatero area, whether you just want to window shop or actually do some designer shopping it is worth having a stroll around the area taking in Via Montenapoleone, Via Della Spiga and Via Manzoni. If you are looking for something a little less exclusive there are several other shopping streets to explore. I am sure many of you will enjoy visiting the famous fashion streets!
Other city attractions that may be of interest and can be recommended if your time permits are: Santa Maria delle Grazie where you can see a fresco of The Last Supper. The San Lorenzo Church contains a collection of early Christian and Roman remains. The Sant' Ambrogio basilica which is dedicated to the patron saint of Milan, might be of interest to you.
Milan has a variety of parks should you wish for a break from sightseeing, you can take a walk through the Parco Sempione and maybe work up an appetite for your evening meal. Milan has many good restaurants to choose from offering all kinds of cuisine whether you prefer stylish restaurants or fast food options there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. For evening entertainment take a stroll through the Brera Area and wander through the little streets stopping at one of the bars or restaurants for refreshment. Milan has live music venues, nightclubs and discos to keep you occupied until late.
You will find trams and buses run frequently around the city it is advisable to pick up a map showing the various routes, as a tourist it is beneficial to purchase a 24 or 48 hour ticket these can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre or at news kiosks in the city.
Milan has 2 main airports: Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate, Some Budget flights from UK use the Bergamo Airport which is further away from Milan. The closest airport to Milan city is Linate, journey time around 30 minutes and buses run every half an hour during the daytime.
Milan has plenty of attractions to enable you to have an enjoyable holiday break, it is advisable to book accommodation prior to your proposed stay and give the month of August a miss it is not the best month to visit the city.