Visiting Milan

Inside info

Milan, recognised worldwide as the fashion and design capital, is the capital of the region of Lombardy, Italy. Famous for its fashion houses and shops, it is every shopper’s paradise. Take a walk down Via Monte Napoleone where you will find designer shops and visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, which is reputed to be the world’s oldest shopping centre. Definitely not to be missed!Apart from being a shopping heaven, Milan has a strong musical tradition, particularly opera, as many famous composers, such as Giuseppe Verdi, came from Milan. One cannot visit Milan without seeing an opera at the ‘Teatro alla Scala’. The opera season starts in December, although it is recommended to book at least one month in advance and is definitely the ultimate Italian experience. The Duomo Cathedral is a definite must! Climb up to the roof’s marble terraces and enjoy the amazing panoramic view of Milan surrounded by the marble spires. The cathedral also organises classical and sacred music concerts throughout the year. Its music school trains choirboys and has been doing so since 1402, and it has one of the world’s finest organs. (For a list of upcoming concerts: http://www.duomomilano.it/)If you are looking for bargains, visit one of the many markets Milan has to offer. One of the most famous markets, the ‘Mercatone del Naviglio Grande’ takes place on the last Sunday of each month. Situated on the Alzaia Naviglio Grande, it is an antiques market selling furniture, books, jewellery etc. If antiques are not what you are looking for, try the Fiera di Sinigaglia which takes place every Saturday morning. This flea market, located along the wharf in Viale d’Annunzio, sells everything from DVDs, comics, second hand clothes to craftwork from India, South America and Africa. A bargain hunter’s paradise!

Travel review

My husband and I spent three days in Milan last summer as part of a tour of Italy. We absolutely loved it! It’s definitely a shopper’s paradise, with designer shops all over the place, but there’s a lot more to the city than shopping much to our delight. Our first stop on arrival was the Duomo Cathedral, as we had heard such wonderful things about it from friends who had visited Milan. The sight of it just took our breath away! The best part of it was definitely the climb to the roof (although there is a lift for those who aren’t very sporty). The panoramic view of the city was just breathtaking! The only downside of it was having to wait in a queue and be searched before entering the cathedral- this ruined the charm of the cathedral.The food in Milan was wonderful. I would especially recommend the Da Maruzzella restaurant, located on the Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan. It’s not a fancy restaurant which was what we loved about it as it was bustling with people chatting and coming and going. The food was fantastic especially the lobster spaghetti and the service was great. We’ll definitely be going back there again on our next visit!Out of all the places we visited in Italy on our trip, Milan was definitely one of the most memorable. We’ll definitely be going back again!

Did you know ?

Milan is the fashion capital of the world. Leading designers such as Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana are all based here.

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Located in the Northern part of Italy, Milan has a growing population of 1.3 million. Tourists mainly travel to this “Fashion capital” to visit the impressive museums, cultural institutions and galleries where one can, among other things, see Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting “The Last Supper”. With its modern skyscrapers, the city has become a world capital of design and architecture. Milan has a humid subtropical climate and isn’t influenced by the Mediterranean Sea which is too far away to have any impact on the cold, rainy winters and hot summers. The temperatures are set between 29°C in July and 5°C in January.