Holidays to Milan put you in the heart of this stylish, cultured city with its stunning Gothic cathedrals, world-renowned fashion houses and incredible cuisine. If you’re looking for the height of Italian elegance and creativity, you’ve come to the right place.
Gaze in awe at the incredible Milan Cathedral, featuring more than 100 towering spires and over 600 years of history. Take in Milan’s array of chic shopping destinations, such as the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele and luxurious Fashion Quadrangle.
No trip here is complete without visiting Leonardo da Vinci’s famed The Last Supper at the Maria delle Grazie, or the colossal Sforza Castle. Milanese cuisine, meanwhile, showcases the very best of the Mediterranean.
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The perfect location for fashionistas and culture vultures alike, there’s plenty to see and do in this vibrant and exciting capital of style.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a spectacular view of the city, climb the 150 steps to the top of Milan Cathedral. From this lofty vantage point you’ll even spot the Italian Alps in the distance.
Located in the heart of the city, the extraordinary cathedral overlooks the main square, with striking spires and statues delicately engraved from pink Candoglia marble. Other sites that you shouldn’t miss include the 16th-century Chiesa di San Maurizio.
Experience the epitome of style in the Golden Quadrilateral, the most sophisticated of shopping spots. You’ll find a range of sought-after labels here, from Valentino and Cartier to Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Once you’ve got a taste of designer luxury, head to La Rinascente, Milan’s biggest department store just west of Milan Cathedral. For a shopping experience with a difference, explore the Brera District, home to various Bohemian boutiques and numerous art galleries.
Always dreamt of seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic The Last Supper with your own eyes?
You’ll find it in Milan, along with some of the other most celebrated paintings in the world thanks to the city’s contribution to the Renaissance art movement.
No Milan package is complete without witnessing da Vinci’s 600-year-old showpiece, which takes up an entire wall inside the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. This is one of the most precious pieces of art in the world, so be sure to book your tickets well in advance.
Arguably the most celebrated opera house in the world, La Scala holds 3,000 seats arranged in red velvet-lined boxes. It was here that the legendary violinist, Paganini, made his debut in 1813.
Enjoy classical music and world-class ballet performances or book a tour and learn about the history of opera at this celebrated theatre and museum. You may even get lucky and be able to see some of the world’s most famous artists performing here. Also on site is the Academy for the Performing Arts, which is well worth a visit.
Milan is located in the Lombardy region of Italy, which has perfect conditions for farming rice and corn, something reflected in its specialties. Try risotto alla Milanese, rich, golden and infused with saffron.
Take yourself on a culinary adventure through the city, tasting a variety of cheeses, from soft, creamy Taleggio to nutty Grana Padano. Another traditional Milanese dish you’ll see on many menus is veal cutlets made with prosciutto, dressed in a zesty lemon and parsley sauce.
The Duomo and Galleria area is home to world-class attractions and sightseeing, ideal for anyone seeking a city break in Milan. The centrepiece of the area – and the city – is one of the world’s most beautiful Gothic churches, the Duomo.
The Mandarin Oriental is a luxury hotel in the area complete with stylish, modern decor enhanced by subtle eastern touches. Retreat to the rooftop in the evening to unwind.
For a flavour of creative Milan, stay in the bohemian art area of the city – the Brera district. This wonderful spot is close to the city’s fashion centre and is fantastic for strolling through narrow alleys and past hip cafes.
The idyllic neighbourhood has plenty to do and see thanks to being home to the Palazzo Brera and the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, two of the city’s best attractions. The Brera is the artistic heart of Milan and has housed some of Italy’s most famous painters, philosophers and writers.
Make the most of a family holiday in Milan with a stay in Navigli – one of the most famous and friendliest districts in the city. The area’s Grand Canal was man-made back in the 12th century, making it the oldest waterway in Milan.
Navigli is home to quaint boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants. Wander the streets or relax with an hour-long boat tour along the famous canal.
The local currency in Milan is the euro (EUR). There are plenty of ATMs (known as Bancomats) across the city and most places will accept debit and credit cards.
You’ll find that getting around Milan is relatively easy as you can travel by bus, metro, tram, S train, on foot or by bike. A taxi is a great option if you’re travelling in a group.
The language spoken in Milan is Italian. As with other Italian regions, Milan has its own exclusive dialect – Milanese. English will also be spoken in many places across the city.
Milan is busy all year round, but there are certain times you’ll find it to be especially buzzing. There are a number of religious festivals, while Milan Fashion Week takes over the city twice a year.
Home to well over a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants, Milan offers the chance to savour the best of Italian and global cuisine. However, you’re more likely to find traditional Milanese dishes in the city’s traditional trattorias.
As Milan is part of the central Lombardy region, fish doesn’t regularly feature in many dishes here. Instead it’s all about meticulously prepared meat, pasta and risotto.
Saffron makes the Milanese risotto truly special, while cotoletta, a buttery veal dish, is generally excellent. Head to Spontini for delicious pizza that’s loved by the locals.
The Italians show huge passion for their national sport – and nowhere more so than in Milan. The city is home to two teams – AC Milan and Internazionale, also known as Inter Milan.
Both teams play at one of Europe's most famous stadiums – the huge Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, commonly known as the San Siro. Every weekend throughout the Serie A season, you’ll find one of the two clubs playing a home game here. If you can’t make the match, it’s worth booking a stadium tour.
Milan has been occupied by a number of ancient civilisations through its history, including the Celts, Romans, Goths, Lombards, Spaniards and Austrians.
A Gaulish population known as the Insubres initially ruled the city of Milan around 400 BC, living on the north side of the River Po. In 196 BC the city fell into the hands of the Romans who renamed it Medilanum, meaning ‘sanctuary’.
The city was given this name due to its perfect positioning between key commercial routes, as well as its landscape, which cut off the Germanic tribes.
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