While it may not be Italy’s capital, flights to Milan still allow visitors to pursue la dolce vita (the sweet life), whether through its lively dining and nightlife or its renowned fashion scene.
It’s a key city for the fashion industry, and the boutiques on the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Fashion Quadrangle) draw fashionistas from all over Europe. Indeed, sometimes simply stepping out on to the street and people watching provides a sartorial lesson.
But Milan is as much about culture as it is about consumption. The city is home to some spectacular architecture – the Duomo di Milano is a gothic masterpiece that’s not to be missed, and the Sforza Castle is also worth adding to your list. West of the Duomo lies the Museo Archeologico, where you can learn more about the city’s history.
One of the most famous sights in the city is Leonardo Da Vinci’s mural The Last Supper, at the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Plan ahead by booking tickets in advance – the basilica attracts hordes of tourists and viewing time is limited to 15 minutes. You’ll also be moved by the music at Teatro alla Scala, the world-famous opera house at the Piazza della Scala.
Like Italy’s other famous destinations, Milan is home to some of Europe’s best restaurants. There’s an emphasis on meat and seafood (although vegetarians are increasingly well catered for). You shouldn’t leave without trying the most famous local dishes – risotto and veal.