Discover the elegance of Milan
Looking for a weekend holiday full of cultural delights? Book a flight to Milan and discover the city where Gucci, Armani and Versace are no more exceptional than your daily cup of espresso is. Art lovers should visit Castello Sforzesco, which houses as many as 12 mini museums. Milan oozes class from its every pore!
The contemporary Italian masters
Milan is Europe’s ultimate city of fashion. Major labels such as Versace and Valentino have their head offices here as well as a boutique of course. Nearly all giants in the fashion industry are represented in the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. And while you’re there, don’t forget to look up; the gallery’s glass roof is unparalleled. Another architectural masterpiece is La Scala, where you can enjoy fantastic opera performances. Milan is the ideal destination for weekend holidays and the perfect starting point for a longer vacation in Italy. Treat yourself: book a flight to Milan now!
Pull up a chair at the Last Supper
Milan is also known for its classic Italian masters. Leonardo da Vinci’s ’Last Supper’, the greatest Renaissance work of art, can be admired here in the refectory of the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent. But Milan’s greatest attraction may very well be the Duomo di Milano. Adorned with as many as 3500 statues, this white cathedral towers high above the Piazza del Duomo. To experience the city in all its glory, take the lift to the cathedral’s rooftop to take in the stunning view over Milan.
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Once a symbol of power, Castello Sforzesco has now become an important cultural attraction. The enormous fort in the centre of Milan was originally built as an impenetrable stronghold. It was from here that the Visconti family and later on the Sforza family ruled the city. Since 1896, the castle has housed one of the largest art collections in Milan; take some time to admire the displays of sculptures, European porcelain and Baroque furniture.
A trip to Milan consists of more than just shopping, enjoying the culture and admiring the Duomo – sampling a plate of risotto is a must! The Milanese love their risotto. While in the vast majority of Italy pasta rules supreme, Northern Italy is best known for its rice dishes such as risotto. There are several restaurants that specialise entirely in this dish.
Naviglio is one of the most charming and artistic districts of Milan. More and more artists are opening their studios here and painting, modelling and creating installations on the spot. This neighbourhood is perfect for rummaging for art, bric-a-brac and unique items from the old days. There’s no better place to buy original souvenirs and works of art for a lasting memento of your visit to Naviglio.
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The Santa Maria delle Grazie church has become more popular than ever in recent years. Since the bestselling book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown and the successful film adaptation of the book, this church has been attracting even larger crowds than before. They all come to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s mural ‘The Last Supper’. The mural, which depicts Jesus with his disciples on the evening before Judas betrays him, is inextricably linked to the history of this church.
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“Franza o Spagna purche se magna” is a cynical saying that translates as “France or Spain, it doesn’t matter, just as long as we get to eat”. From the 16th to the 19th century, Milan has alternately been in the hands of the Spaniards, Austrians and French. Many buildings and squares still recall that domination.
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Between the 13th and 16th century, Milan was ruled by families such as the Visconti and Sforza. Under their reign, the city was embellished with magnificent murals, extraordinary churches and other architectural delights. The Visconti, who reached the pinnacle of their power around 1395, commissioned the construction of architectural gems such as the Duomo and San Marco.
Milan is heaven on earth for lovers of expensive designer labels such as Versace, Prada and Louis Vuitton. The ‘Golden Triangle’ between Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Manzoni is home to the largest international brand labels. But there are also many unique boutiques, specialty shops and vintage stores: indeed, it is this varied choice that makes Milan such an attractive shopping destination.
Italians love good food and take their time over it during their afternoon lunch. This is a good time to discuss important aspects of life such as family, art, films, food and wine. But even though Italians are fans of leisurely wining and dining, there are also some delicious quick bites to be had in Milan. You’ll be back exploring the city in no time having snacked on a delicious panini or panzerotti.
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At the centre of the Piazza del Duomo stands the Duomo di Milano. This cathedral is a genuine Gothic masterpiece with more than 3,500 statues of saints, animals and monsters, and 135 towers stretching towards the heavens. Construction of this immense place of worship took some 600 years and work was still being carried out on the uppermost sections and portals as recently as 1950.
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