Milan, the capital of the Italian region of Lombardy, has something to impress travellers. Considered as the world capital of fashion and design, this Italian city seduces by its rich cultural and architectural heritage, its unusual sites and its gastronomy. We will share our top reasons why you should head out and explore this beautiful city.
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Why visit Milan, reason number one: Italian fashion capital
Milan has long been known for its rich artistic history and astonishing architecture, but its reputation continues to grow to the point where it is now known as the "Italian fashion capital". Some travellers even consider it an essential shopping destination. In Milan, the Rinascente Piazza Duomo is one of the unmissable places to discover Italian fashion. Stroll through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Lombardy capital's most sumptuous shopping area.
Take a stroll in the fashion district or "Quadrilatero della Moda" or the "Golden Quadrilateral". This area is home to many showrooms, fashion boutiques and some of Milan's most famous jewellers. Walk through Via Montenapoleone, the sixth most luxurious street in the world.
Why go to Milan, reason number two: insanely rich architectural and cultural heritage
The Duomo, the most recognisable symbol of Milan, is probably the first place to visit during your trip. It is a Gothic cathedral, ranked third in the world in terms of size. Behold! This imposing 14th century marble religious building. Climb on the terrace installed at its top to have a panoramic view of the city. In the Duomo square, also discover the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture, marked by its windows and its triumphal arch-shaped entrance.
Your cultural stroll in Milan can continue at La Scala, one of the most prestigious opera theatres there are. This 18th century theatre fascinates every traveller with its richly decorated interior, an authentic Italian-style theatre. Famous operas such as "Otello and Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi and "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini were created in La Scala. The most curious visitors also take the time to visit the Cimitero Monumentale, a real open-air museum where temples, marble sculptures, chapels, obelisks and ancient tombs are preserved.
Why travel to Milan, our third reason: the unusual sites.
The Italian pavilion of the Milano Universal Exhibition is an emblematic and unusual site to visit in Milan. In 2015, this site brought the international community together to discuss the theme "Feeding the planet, energy for life". Nowadays, this pavilion is transformed into a technological innovation pole and it still impresses by its futuristic and ambitious architecture.
Continue your, by now probably incredible, walk to Piazza Affari; where an imposing finger sculpture by contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan is enthroned. This sculpture, 11 metres high, stands in front of the Milan Stock Exchange and is sure to surprise visitors. Also take time to visit Porta Nuova's business district to enjoy the modern face of the city. On Gae Aulenti Square, admire the UniCredit tower, the highest in Italy, and the Vertical Forest building, the world's first vertical forest on a 27-storey building.
Why travel to Milan, reason number 4: food, food, food.
Milan is a favourite destination for tasting typical Italian specialities: pizzas, gelati, pasta, risottos, etc. The Rendezvous should take place in Via Giovanni Enrico Pestalozzi, Via Correnti or Via Castelvetro in order to enjoy the best "gelati" in town. If you like Italian pizzas, find the most popular pizzerias in Via Boiardo or Via Solferino. To taste Milanese specialities, go to the specialised places located in the Navigli district, the Corso Garibaldi or the Via San Rocco where you can find the best restaurants.
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