Milan, the capital of Lombardy, is a magnet for designers, artists, photographers and models. The city is the centre of many businesses, and financially Milan is the most important city in Italy and has built itself into a thriving cosmopolitan business capital. A paradise for shopping, football, opera, and nightlife, Milan remains the marketplace for Italian fashion, with fashion aficionados, supermodels and international paparazzi, descending on the city twice yearly for its spring and autumn fairs. And yet it is one of the most ancient cities in Europe with centuries of history and heritage.
It is the home of the Duomo: one of the grandest of Gothic cathedrals and the world famous La Scala Opera House. Opera is of course why many tourists visit Milan. Most of Italy's great operatic artists, and many of the world’s finest singers, have appeared at La Scala. Today, the theatre is still recognised as one of the major operatic venues in the world.
As with all Italy, Milan is well known for its cuisine, although interestingly rice tends to be more popular than pasta. The Lombardy region is well-known for its milk, cream, butter and cheese: many of the region’s classic dishes consist of these ingredients.
For nightlife, popular areas are around the Brera gallery and the Navigli area. Milan offers lively bars, restaurants and nightclubs, some with live music, jazz is especially popular. As one would expect in the city of fashion, Milan offers a wealth of shopping experiences, especially for the high-end designer brands. The elegant Via Manzoni is home to the Giorgio Armani multi-concept store, where you can admire the Emporio Armani showrooms. In Corso Vittorio Emanuele you will find the elegant and sophisticated brands such as Max Mara, Bruno Magli and Pollini, alongside more reasonably priced brands such as H&M and Zara.
Visit Milan for the opera by all means, but also to experience this dynamic and forward-thinking city.
Flying time from London to Milan 2hrs
Distance from Linate/Malpensa Airport
Milan Centre 9km/48km
Distance from Milan
Florence 306kmVerona 157km
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The Milanese people introduced the aperitivo, a buffet finger food normally eaten around 6-9pm with a local drink the classic being the Campari aperitif.
Things to do:
Spend a night at La Scala Opera House
Visit Santa Maria delle Grazie which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Visit Milan Cathedral which is the 4th largest in the world
See the many mini museums at Sforza Castle origianlly built in the 15th century