Located in the heart of the Lombardy region of Italy, Milan is a city synonymous with classic architecture, artistic grace, formal creativity, and fashion. Some of the greatest and most innovative clothing designers in the world have made their headquarters here. For the fashionista, no visit to this reserved and elegant city can be complete without an afternoon spent among the flagship stores of Armani, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and others in the area of the city known as the Quadrilatero d'Oro.
But as one of the ancient metropolitan centers of Europe, Milan has much more to offer than just its contributions to the fashion industry. Explore Milan's exquisite art galleries, gardens, and historic structures. And don't leave without viewing The Last Supper, the Da Vinci masterpiece that has drawn visitors to Milan for generations. If you're traveling with a soccer fan, attend a game during the season at the famous San Siro stadium. In the evening watch the lights of the city come alive and enjoy an apperitivi before heading out for an avant-garde theatre performance.
No matter what you decide to do in Milan, this city will inspire you, awaken your artistic side and challenge your imagination.
Here are a few additional suggestions as you plan your trip:
- Visit the Duomo: One of the largest Catholic Cathedrals in the world, the Duomo is a magnificent spectacle both inside and out. View it from the majestic piazza outside, then go inside and climb to the roof, where you can see the Alps on a clear day.
- See The Last Supper: The Santa Maria Del Grazie, a historic building and now a World Heritage Site, houses Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting.
- Visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Stroll the bustling halls of this lively, colorful shopping mall, built in 19th century belle epoque structure and noisy with laughter, music and local conversation.
- Take an Italian cooking class: After experiencing the delicious traditional cuisine of the Lombardy region, you may want to take a course and learn how to bring these flavors home with you.
- Visit the Castello Sforzesco: Explore this restored 15th century castle, once home to one of Milan's aristocratic families.
- Visit the Biblioteca Ambrosiana: This historic library is also an art gallery and is home to some classical manuscripts including the work of Homer and Virgil.
You'll have no trouble finding a vacation rental in Milan, no matter when you plan your trip. Look for a sleek condo near the Golden Quarter or find a luxurious and spacious villa overlooking the beautiful central piazza.
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