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Milan, Italy

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Milan Overview

Milan is more than just another beautiful Italian city, but a world center of fashion and culture.  Milan is always ahead of its time, setting trends while preserving the old.  Milan has given the world masterpieces of art and architecture, trail blazing fashion, and has pushed the boundaries of music and literature.  Milan is a must see for every world traveler interested in high culture. 

Milan is the second largest city in Italy and is located in the Lombardy region.  Its three major airports and leading rail system allow visitors excellent mobility.  And with a typical European climate offering warm summers and cool winters, it’s never a bad time to see Milan.

Milan has some of the greatest religious icons second to the Vatican.  Among these is the Duomo, one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic design dating to the 1300s.  Milan is also home to the leading Opera Theater in the world.  This venue has featured renowned personalities such as Maria Callas and Giuseppe Verdi to name but a few.  At the La Scala Theater Museum, tourists can see costumes and sets of historic importance.  Another impressive attraction of Milan is the 15th century church known as Santa Maria delle Grazie.  It’s here where travelers from all over the globe come to see Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of “The Last Supper.” It’s one of the most famous works ever created.   

Milan is also a Mecca for art.  Visitors can enjoy permanent exhibits at many of the historical establishments.  At the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana for instance, the collections of Caravaggio, Botticelli and da Vinci are beyond impressive.  At the library, guests can view ancient codes, manuscripts and an array of old books. 

When if comes to shopping, it’s said that Milan is the “capital of fashion and design.”  The streets of Monte Napoleone, Via Spigga, Sant’ Andrea and Via Manzoni form what is known as the famous designer square.  It’s perhaps the wealthiest accumulation of designers in one place.  You’ll see names like Armani, Prada, Versace and Valentino among many.  But Milan considers everyone’s budget and offers all sorts of shopping opportunities.  There are a large number of outlet stores and relatively inexpensive shops along places like Corso Buenos Aires and Porta Ticinese.  The first is said to be one of the longest streets in the continent while the latter is the ideal for all those seeking chic but cheap.  Milan is also known for having the oldest shopping mall.  Galleria Vitorio Emanuelle is a Renaissance style structure housing superb retailers, cafes and book shops.  It’s commonly referred to as “Milan’s lounge” because it’s the perfect spot for people watching. 

Dining is another fabulous feature of Milan’s lifestyle.  Its cuisine is traditional of the Lombard region with an emphasis on simple dishes like pastas and risottos.  There’s everything from inexpensive trattorias to luxurious restaurants and no matter where you go the food ranges from great to outstanding.  Apart from enjoying Milan’s delectable gastronomy, tourists will find exquisite gourmet shops selling olive oils, wines, cheeses and salamis from the region.


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