The capital of couture, culture and design, Milan offers the perfect blend of sophistication and history for an exclusive city break. Take in a show at the prestigious La Scala opera house and admire Renaissance masterpieces. Shop exclusive local brands like Gucci, Versace and Prada before dining on Northern Italian cuisine.
Fashion, opera and opulent architecture: luxury abounds in Italy's second city.
Things to do
ART & CULTURE
Milan's awe-inspiring Duomo Cathedral is just one of the highlights of this culturally rich city. View Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Take in the painted walls and arched ceilings of the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, or the prints of the Ambrosiana Library. And after a day admiring the city's art and architecture, rest tired feet at your luxury hotel.
Italy's style capital offers exclusive shopping opportunities and plenty of hidden treasures. The Quadrilatero d’Oro quarter is home to fashion houses Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, renowned the world over. But Milan is also home to some of Europe’s best designer bargains. Head to Basement for boutique women's wear. Or browse Il Salvagente, one of Milan's best-known designer outlets, to source unique high fashion pieces.
FOOD & WINE
No escape to Italy could be complete without indulging in the world-famous cuisine, and Milan doesn't disappoint with its top restaurants and chic wine bars. Start the evening with an aperitivo before enjoying savoury dishes like risotto alla Milanese or ossobucco, washed down with regional wines. Italy's famous Christmas cake, Panettone, originates in Milan and a local slice is not to be missed.
Head to the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato on the last Sunday of the month. This antiques market is full of one-of-a-kind treasures.
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