Italy is a country full of ancient wonders and modern appeal. It has Rome with its famous Coliseum and the Vatican, it has miles of enchanting countryside, and it has Milan.
Milan is known for its bi-annual Fashion Week when all the hottest new designs make their way into the public eye, but the city has so much more to offer. About 1.3 million people call this city home, and they benefit from the mild Mediterranean climate that brings humid summers and bearable winters. Really, any time is a good time to visit Milan. However, if you are looking for fewer crowds and cheaper prices on hotels in Milan, visit between November and March. Summers are crowded, so if you want to go when the weather is warmer, choose spring.
Famous people, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Verri, Giuseppe Verdi, and Carlo Emilio Gadda, spent time in Milan, and you can walk in their footsteps as you stroll the city streets. Take in the beautiful architecture, visit the immaculate museums, see the thriving industries, and bring your camera — you'll never want to forget the time you spend in Milan!
Ready to see this lovely city for yourself? Use this brief guide to start planning your visit.
In time thousands of years and give you an enriched perspective on Jesus and his apostles. This is a wildly popular spot for tourists, so be sure to book your admission ahead of time.
The art in Milan never ends. Head to the Milan Cathedral, known in Italian as the Duomo di Milano, one of the largest churches in the world. Even if you're not a Catholic, the enormous building — which took roughly six centuries to build — will fill you with awe. Head to the rooftop for a sweeping view of the city.
Like shopping? Of course, you'll find tons of shops and beautiful boutiques in Milan, but you'll also find one of the world's oldest shopping malls, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Admire the architecture as you browse through the stores.
Despite being relatively small compared to cities like London and New York, Milan is hectic. The pace of life here might leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. For a respite, head to the Brera district, where you'll find a peaceful atmosphere that is reminiscent of a quaint village. Brera offers charming shops, art galleries, and of course, great places to eat.
Don't miss out on the chance to see the Monumental Cemetery, where breathtaking sculptures guard those who rest there. The cemetery also has Greek temples and a small version of Trajan's Column. Pay your respects to the famous novelist Alessandro Manzoni, who penned the book The Betrothed.
In the mood for something a little more modern? Stop by Gae Aulenti Square, where the ultra-modern architecture will make you feel like you are in a different world. The square also offers one of the best views of Milan's skyline.
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