The epicentre of world fashion, Milan is the model of effortless style and luxury living. It is a global hub for high-end shopping, exclusive dining and opulent hospitality. But the city also has nearly 3,000 years of history to uncover.
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Milan is not short on pizzazz – twice a year, paparazzi, catwalk models and designers descend on the city for Milan Fashion Week. But even during the rest of the year, this remarkable city continues to revolve around sartorial elegance, fashion and couture.
But fashion is not the only thing on offer. The Duomo, the cathedral at the city’s centre, is one of the most striking buildings in Italy. For culture lovers, La Scala is Milan’s famous opera house, and home to the finest opera and ballet performances in the city. La Scala opened in 1778 and has its own museum, the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, which is also worth your time.
Milan’s city limits are sprinkled with hundreds of museums, monuments and attractions. Ultra-modern contemporary art is housed in the grandiose Hangar Bicocca. The Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology showcases both the man himself and the development of science and technology during the Renaissance and beyond. Alternatively, the Pinacoteca di Brera is a world-class museum that’s home to one of Italy’s most important collections of old masters.
No trip to Milan would be complete without seeing one of the most famous paintings in the world – da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. However, tickets sell out months in advance, so if you are planning a trip to Milan, be sure to think ahead.