Milan is a global city of fashion, finance and design and is recognised as Italy’s commercial capital. With great architecture, shopping and opera, the city is a perfect blend of sophistication and vibrancy making a picturesque city break.
The city and its people are extremely fashionable and there is plenty of choice when it comes to shopping including the city’s Golden Rectangle of four amazing shopping streets which boasts the likes of Prada, Versace and Gucci’s flagship store. For the more budget conscious travellers, there is a wealth of fabulous outlet stores carrying last season’s biggest trends, or simply enjoy window shopping around this incredible city.
The outstanding Plaza del Duomo is home to iconic buildings including the Royal Palace of Milan, one of the oldest shopping centres Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the magnificent Duomo. Take a tour around this grand white marble church which boasts an unbelievable 135 spirals, amazing stained glass windows and 4 aisles before venturing onto its terrace where you can look over the city and beyond into the beautiful Alp mountains. Sit outside in a café by the fantastic Duomo and people watch in this trendy city or visit the new Novecento art museum which is housed in one of the wonderfully restored twin Arengario buildings just off the square.
Closeby the Castello Sforzesco, the renowned red brick castle is one of Milan’s most important buildings symbolising its Renaissance period and visitors can spend time in its courtyards or one of its numerous museums. Milan is also home to one of the world’s most iconic images so visit Leonardo de Vinci’s breathtaking Last Supper Mural where it was painted on the wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in 1495. A trip to Milan would not be complete without sampling the authentic Italian cooking and there is no shortage of great restaurants and cafes to choose from.
If you are looking for a more relaxing break, head to the exclusive Lake Como, a popular destination among celebrities. Como is regarded as the most beautiful of the Italian lakes, and with lots of picturesque towns and villages to explore you are truly spoiled for choice here.