Italian capital of design, art and technology, Milan has a long and proud history of leading the way amongst the great Italian cities. The capital of the Lombardy region, Milan oozes cool in its sights, sounds and experiences. It is always worth returning to, at the very least to see what’s going to be hot a couple of months down the road.
Where to go
You’re in Milan - shop! Head down to Via Montenapoleone fior luxury and boutique shopping and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II for young and upcoming designer fashion labels. Go see Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, ‘The Last Supper’ at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Catch an opera at the world famous La Scala opera house. Admire the artworks on display at the Castello Sforzesco, Be amazed by the supremely beautiful cathedral. Find a cafe and enjoy a coffee as you watch the young and hip crowds. Spend time taking in some sun at one of the city’s many beautiful gardens and open spaces.
Food & Drink
Milanese cooking is rich. Very rich. Think lots of meat and butter, heavy risottos and stews. Milanese also has a fine tradition of sweet treats and we dare you to go past a pasticceria without stopping in. For a special treat, we recommend Il Luogo Di Aimo E Nadia (Via Privata Raimondo Montecuccoli, 6) with its two Michelin stars and delicious Tuscan fare. For something a little more rustic, try Un Posto a Milano (Via Privata Cuccagna) for its Lombardy cuisine served in a former 18th-century farmhouse.
Milan has a vibrant and wide-ranging nightlife scene, as befits its status as a fashion capital. If you want to live out your fantasies of living like a fashion model, head to Just Cavalli Cafe (Via Luigi Camoens) for the whole ultra-chic, fashion jet-set experience. For something a little more old school, Zucca in Galleria (Piazza del Duomo 21) is where Campari Soda was first developed and has been redeveloped into a delightful cocktail bar.
Where to stay
Our pick for Milan is CasaTitta
, an intimate four-room bed
and breakfast close to the hip Isola district of the city. The decor is warm and intimate and there’s a splendid Italian breakfast served every morning before you head out to explore the city. You will also enjoy the roof terrace, with great views of the surrounding city. How to get there
Ryanair, EasyJet, Alitalia and British Airways fly direct to Milan, daily.