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Milan is famous as one of the world’s most influential fashion capitals, so make some room in your wardrobe and get ready for a makeover. Milan is a major cultural centre in Italy, with world class museums and galleries, the Duomo cathedral and ancient churches, impressive architecture of opulent Italian villas. After viewing da Vinci’s Last Supper, try Lombardi specials like ossobuco and risotto alla Milanese in one of the neighbourhood restaurants. Milan is the perfect starting point for exploring the prettiest landscapes of northern Italy.

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Il Duomo
Piazza Duomo, Milan

The cathedral is the symbol of Milan. Construction began in 1386 and was not completed until 500 years later. Duomo di Milano is a late Gothic masterpiece, made even more interesting by the fact that this style can’t be seen anywhere else in Italy. Towering over the Piazza del Duomo, the marble building is marked by 135 spires and countless statues.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Right next to the Duomo di Milano (the Milan Cathedral), you will find Italy's oldest active shopping gallery. Named after the first king of the Kingdom of Italy, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an upscale shopping arcade housing luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton as well as restaurants, bars, cafes and even a hotel. The Galleria's central glass dome has a stunning mosaic representing the continents of Africa, America, Asia, and Europe, while its floor is decorated with mosaics portraying the coat of arms of Rome, Florence, Milan, and Turin. Representing Turin is a bull, and according to the legend, if you spin around three times with your heel on the bull's genitals, it will bring you good fortune.

Via Gastone Pisoni 1, Milan

Nobu is a Japanese chain restaurant located inside the Armani department store. Its interior is as exciting as its menu. Translucent screens, elegant dining room furniture, and the strict lines are reminiscent of luxurious airport lounges. For those who find it hard to choose, there is a tasting menu.

Ristorante Cracco
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

Cracco is a storied deli that has its own one-star Michelin restaurant. Their young chef, Carlo Cracco, lets his creativity seep into his culinary exploits, resulting in interesting and delicious dishes like goat milk ravioli with bunching onion and Norcia truffle.

The Golden Rectangle of Fashion
Via della Spiga, Milan

The Quadrilatero d’Oro district — ‘The Golden Rectangle’ — is one of the world’s most important fashion landmarks and home to Milan’s most exclusive stores. Located just north of the Duomo, is defined by the four main streets that surround it: via Monte Napoleone, via della Spiga, via Manzoni and corso Venezia. Haute couture at every step, with all the brands one can expect. On via Sant’Andrea, look out for Hermès, Armani and Chanel. Here, located in the 17th century Palazzo Bolognini, you'll find the excellent Museo di Milano. The cobbled via della Spiga is the quintessential shopping street with two Dolce and Gabbana stores, Tiffany & Co., Roberto Cavalli, Prada and lots more. Don’t miss the Armani Megastore on via Manzoni. Take a break at Cova cafe on via Monte Napoleone and do some exclusive people watching. It's a place to see and be seen. Via Monte Napoleone is home to several Prada stores, the flagship Gucci store, Pucci, Fendi and Cartier.

FoxTown Factory Stores
Via Angelo Maspoli 18, Mendrisio, Switzerland

Shopping in Milan is great, but when it comes to hottest deals — even locals head just across the border to Switzerland. Find the giant outlet mall with over 130 shops — FoxTown Factory Stores — only 50 km from Milan. It's a real shopper's paradise with discounts of up to 70% for fast fashion brands and big names like Gucci, Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana. You can travel here by car, train, bus, book a group transfer or buy a round trip journey on Viator.

Best Time to Visit

Summer temperatures tend to rise very high, so unless you thrive in smouldering heat, aim for late spring (April–May) or early fall, when temperatures are still comfortable. Of course, Milan's cuisine and cafes can be enjoyed any time of the year. Another factor to keep in mind for your trip to Milan are the sales. The summer sales start on the first Saturday of July and last until the end of August. The winter sales begin after the end of the festive season — the Epiphany on the 6th of January — and last until the end of February.

Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Malpensa Airport

Malpensa lies approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) from downtown Milan and can be reached by bus, train and taxi. The Malpensa Express trains stop at terminals 1 and 2, depart frequently and run until late. Multiple buses and shuttles run between the airport and city centre, too. These might be a slightly cheaper option, and the only one if your time of arrival falls between after midnight and before 5am.

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