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Citta' internazionale e capitale della moda Italiana
Citta' internazionale e capitale della moda Italiana
Milan, Lombard capital that stupefies for the emotions only it can offer, is a culture, modern, and lively city that is rich in beauty and artistic masterpieces.
The city hosts innumerable boutiques - selling jewelry, decor, and of course, the most sought-out fashion labels - in its Quadrilatero d’oro della moda or Fashion Quadrilateral. The district is brodered by four main thoroughfares - Via Monte Napoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia - hence the Quadrilatero reference. The shops and showrooms in these streets make a purchase or a mere glance at the window dressings motive the fashion set to arrive in droves from all over the world.
Milan is a city that renews itself practically every day, keeping one step ahead of the times, modern edifices break up the continum of older palazzi, churches and ancient monuments, a coexistence of rather diverse architectonic styles. For music lovers Piazza della Scala is the obligatory go-to point, where one will find one of the most important opera houses in the world: Teatro La Scala
The combination of exhibitions accompanied by the opportunity to tour places of culture and shopping, in addition to enjoying aperitivo (happy hour) on the restaurants for which Milan is famous - makes a stop in the Lombard Capital a must.
what to see....
The Duomo, Cathedral of Milan, is an extraordinary narration of six centuries of history conveyed in the smooth marble from Candoglia, the light filtering into the aisles and the countless ancient statues. The view from the lofty spires is an experience not to be missed. The Castello Sforzesco a place to admire innumerable works of art - from the Pietà Rondanini to Leonardo’s frescos. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the elegant sitting room of city, sheltered by the airy glass and steel dome of the ‘Octagon’. The Pinacoteca di Brera considered as one of the most popular art collections in Europe; not to be missed are the magnificent works by Mantegna, Raphael, Bellini, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio and Hayez. The Teatro alla Scala, that has hosted the greatest artists - from Arturo Toscanini to Claudio Abbado and the magnificent voice of the iconic Maria Callas. Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ in the Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ National Museum of Science and Technology. The Navigli district for a romantic evening stroll along the city’s waterways.
what to visit....
Lakes, mountains, history and art, this is Lombardy. Just a few kilometres from the city, rows of citrus and olives trees stand on the banks of the lakes, set against the alpine landscapes whose reflection can be seen on the water - Lake Garda, for example, is emblematic in this sense, with its blossoming shoreline and its famous cedars, villas and artistic treasures.
The nature is dotted by inhabited centres that tell the story of art in this area, and here you can also taste the produce of the culinary and wine tradition. Nature parks, archaeological parks and pristine valleys offer a great place to take a stroll, ski or relax. It is still possible to chance upon antique villages whose vestiges, such as castles, churches, abbeys and rural settlements, remind us of a past rich with significance.
It is also possible to find hills carpeted with vineyards, where for centuries the art of wine cultivation has been passed down. Last but not least, the city has an extraordinary beauty and artistic richness, along with customs and traditions, all waiting to be discovered.
what to eat....
The Milan gastronomic tradition is simple, made up of hearty easy to prepare dishes such as: the famed Risotto alla Milanese, incomparable and divine, with its splendid and inimitable yellow colouring; the cotoletta a la milanese, veal cutlet in breadcrumbs; Michetta, a typical puffy panini that is usually empty inside and has a star-like shape; Ossobuco (marrowbone), often served on a bed of yellow risotto or polenta, is bone with tasty marrow and surrounded by tender meat; Minestrone is a soupe of legumes of all types, cabbage of any variety, beets, lettuce, celery, spinach, parsley and fennel, served hot in winter and cold or tepid in summer; Cassoeula is the elaborate, high-calorie dish made from pork and cabbage, its strong, decisive flavour makes it a real winter warmer dish; Mondeghili, known as polpette or meatballs, made with ground beef, bread, eggs. Rostin nega’a (“little drowned roast”) a veal cutlet that includes both the fillet and the sirloin still attached to the bone, baked in the oven in a covered pan until it is exceptionally tender; the Panettone, garnished with raisins or candied fruits, is one of the most loved Christmas sweets in the world.
what to buy...
As one of the world’s fashion capitals, Milan is home to some of Italy’s most renowned designer brands, independent boutiques and international stores. Via Montenapoleone is an essential destination for luxury shopping, home to many big designer brands and leather goods. Corso Venezia, exclusive and elegant avenue, home to Italian fashion heavyweights and international brands. Corso Vittorio Emanuele offers many high-street and mid-range brands, one of the best places to shop for young fashion and international labels. The street is also home to La Rinascente with eight floors featuring everything from luxury womenswear to fine perfume and accessories, it is the ultimate place to shop for the perfect souvenir of Milan. Corso Buenos Aires, reputed to be Europe’s longest shopping street comparable to Paris’s avenue des Champs-Élysées. With over 350 international ready-to-wear brands, is a great place to pick up some bargains. Corso di Porta Ticinese, likened to Portobello Road in London, is characterised by unique clothing, record and food stores. Don’t miss the Outlet, around Milan, where you can find everything for everyone.
How to get here
Milan is very well connected to the major cities in Europe and worldwide thanks its airports:
Malpensa airport, Milan international airport
Linate airport, mainly national and European flights
Bergamo Orio al Serio airport, main hub for low cost airlines
Milan is also easy to reach by train thanks to the extensive railway networks of Trenitalia, connecting the city to other major Italian cities as well as European metropolis
Milan Train Station: Milan Central Station (Milano Centrale)
Main highways serving Milan:
A1 (Autostrada del Sole) going south to Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples
A4 Westbound, to Turin, the Alps and France
A4 Eastbound, to Verona, Padua, Venice, Trieste and Slovenia
A7, to Genoa, the Ligurian Riviera and the renowned Cinque Terre
A8 (Autostrada dei Laghi), to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lugano and Switzerland
– A9, to Switzerland