A historic city known since the Middle Ages, Milan was home to Leonardo da Vinci who created most of his artwork here. Today, it is an international center of fashion and a bustling metropolis. If you’re traveling to Milan, you’re going to be in the midst of glorious history that’s jostling for space with icons of modernity like gigantic trade fair complexes, football stadia, concerts and vibrant nightlife. Discover the best of the Milan of today, a curious mix of fashion and finance, elegance and simplicity and modernity and history.
DO & SEE
Lose yourself in time as you waft through the palaces and museums of old, the churches that tell their own story and the majestic Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, which was once at the center of the Roman capital. Take in an opera at La Scala, admire da Vinci’s rendition of the Last Supper and gaze at Italian paintings at the Pinacoteca di Brera museu. Take a break from all that Classical stuff and enjoy a walk in one of Milan’s parks. Of course, there’s a lot more you can do in Milan, just reach out and discover this amazing city on your own.
Milan is an extremely large city, but you can get the most out of it by staying close to the Duomo. It’s not just Milan’s main attraction but is close to many other Milanese attractions. Here, you can choose your accommodation–luxury hotels, mid-range or budget hotels, serviced apartments, hostels and bed and breakfast places. Here are a few of the best hotels in Milan which can give you an authentic flavor of this international city.
Milan is part of Lombardy where meat features largely on their daily menu. So, expect to eat a lot of meat, creamy risottos and stews made at home. At the city’s sophisticated restaurants, you can eat the best of Milanese and international cuisines, but step into the homes of the local people or go for a meal to family run-trattorie and you’ll taste rustic and wholesome dishes.
BARS & NIGHTLIFE
Milan’s nightlife is extremely vibrant and ranges from huge rave parties to small bars in backstreets to sophisticated cocktail lounges. However, you might want a drink without any ado. For you, the best places would be the simple cafes and bars of Brera and Navigli districts which are known for their good ambience and reasonable prices. Here, fun times go into the wee hours with late night dancing and merrymaking.
To see some of Milan’s famous mountain scenery, hop on to the Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour which takes you through to St. Moritz through the Bernina Pass. You can also spend a day at Lake Como. A visit to Switzerland through Lugano, an hour’s drive from Milan, will bring you up close and personal with its scenic pleasures. History and architecture buffs will enjoy being in Bergamo, about 90 km away where the architecture dates back to renaissance and medieval periods.
Head over to the Italian countryside, leaving Milan behind you, if only for a while. You can see much more of the Italian landscape on a cruise, besides taking in small but interesting towns like Lugano in Switzerland and shore towns like Cernobbio, Gravedonna and Bellagio. Choose the kind of cruise you want, by day or night, and take in the city’s delights on the water.
From the humble flea markets to branded international labels like D&G, Armani, Fendi, Prada and Chanel, you can get them all in Milan. The high fashion square known as the Quadrilatero d’Oro is a sight to behold with the stores of all the big dazzling names in retail. If you’re not label hungry, there are many parts of Milan where you can get good souvenirs and gifts to take home, apart from unbranded products.