Indulge your inner fashionista with a break in Italy’s most stylish city. Regarded by many as Europe’s capital of cool, Milan is brimming with designer shops, boutique hotels and glossy nightspots. But it’s not all about the modern metropolis; just like the rest of Italy, Milan’s got bags of culture, art and history to be discovered. Start with a bird’s eye view of the city from the imposing roof of the Duomo, then hit the streets for sightseeing, shopping, eating and drinking. All this is only around a two and half hour flight away from the UK, making holidays to Milan just the ticket for a short getaway.
Unadulterated designer shopping is the sole reason why many people choose Milan city breaks. The Quadrilatero d'Oro district translates to Rectangle of Gold and thats about right about this most glamorous of shopping districts. Expect to see boutiques from big name designers and happy shoppers laden with bags. If the shopping gets too much, stop at one of the Quadrilateros gla pavement cafes for coffee and cake. Dont miss a look inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a lavish 19th century shopping mall with spectacular architecture. As well as retail, Milan is a city rich in art. Most travellers who take their holidays to Milan call in at the Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vincis Last Supper, which has been awarded the status of world heritage masterpiece by UNESCO. Away from the crowds of the main attraction, youll find plenty more galleries exhibiting both contemporary and traditional art. Milan also has plenty of fascinating religious buildings. The mustsee of these is the ornate and imposing Cathedral (Duomo), but there are lots more, including the small Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, which became famous because of the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Sports fans should definitely make a tour of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) a part of their city break in Milan.
As youd expect from this swishest of cities, theres plenty to do on the nightlife front. Champagne and cocktail bars abound and most of them bear the marks of a place thats obsessed with design. Dolce & Gabanna have a nightclub here, as does Robert Cavelli. Those in search of late nights on their Milan city breaks head to the citys high capacity clubs, many of which have impressive sound systems, light shows and line ups. If you prefer to turn in earlier, take in the opera at Teatro alla Scala or hunt down one of Milans tuckedaway jazz clubs.
Italy might be famous for its pizza and pasta, but the Lombard region of the country has its own take on the national cuisine. Rice and polenta are popular alternatives to pasta here, with saffron risotto being a particular local favourite. Aperitifs are a favourite in the city; in most bars youll find that a selection of snacks come as standard. From little bistros to large restaurants, chic designer restaurants to international outlets, theres an eatery in Milan to suit just about every taste or budget.
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