Milan travel guide, Milan vacation, places to visit in Milan

Milan Travel Guide: Milan vacationPlaces to visit in Milan

Milan vacation:

Without visiting Milan, a trip to Italy is really incomplete. Milan is Italy’s fashion face which would make French jealous. It is Italy’s fashion hub. Milan’s rich culture, architecture and history enhances European life, charm and identity to its best. In this Milan travel guide, we look into Milan vacation and explore best places to visit in Milan.

Milan travel guide, Milan vacation, places to visit in Milan
Milan Cathedral

Located in the northernmost Lombardy region, Milan has had a very interesting history of rulers (Roman, Austrian and Spanish etc.) because of its proximity to the rest of Europe and therefore it is far more independently spirited and multicultural than the southern Italian peninsula.

There are few places in the world where shopping and eating could be considered as religious experiences and off course, Milan is one of those places. There is No Wrong Way in Milan to Indulge in something. The boutique-lined streets of Milan offers some of the world’s most exquisite and exclusive fashion and styles, dominating the cutting-edge world of design.

Milan travel guide, Milan vacation, places to visit in Milan
Milan Duomo Cathedral

Visit Milan to pamper yourself with indulgence, but keep a keen eye on how you might redecorate your outdated (by Milan standards) living room! Brera is the elite and most sophisticated shopping area, strategically, centrally located and also home to the Pinacoteca de Brera, one of the most coveted museum collections in the Europe.

Speaking of food, a leisurely slow dinner of saffron-scented risotto and signature Ossobuco will surely provide rejuvenation and fond memories after all of that shopping. You must enjoy the local wines of Lombardy, particularly from the Brescia region, which set a whole new legion for table wines.

Milan travel guide, Milan vacation, places to visit in Milan
Arch of Peace in Milan

Beyond Boutiques: The hyper-modern milieu of Milan is accompanied by a very rich history, dating back to 600 BCE when the Celts arrived. Milan at one point, was the capital of the Western Roman Empire, the soul of the Renaissance, and conquered by France and the Habsburgs.

In 18th century, Milan finally gained its independence, along with the creation of the Italian state. It is worthwhile to note that Milan, as an industrial center of Mussolini’s puppet-state, was heavily bombed during World War II, amazes most that sites nearly 1600 years old are still standing in the city center today.

Milan travel guide, Milan vacation, places to visit in Milan
Aperitifs in Milan. Image: theculturetrip

Your trip to Milan must include visiting the Duomo, which dominates the city center and stands as the world’s fourth largest church. This Gothic architectural monument of 14th century is crowned on its tallest spire by Madonnina (little Madonna) and covered in 3900 gold leaf plates.

Also located in Milan’s central part is the Cenacolo Vinciano, the Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo da Vinci’s restored “Last Supper” covers nearly the whole and exudes Milan’s spirit of Renaissance.

Milan travel guide, Milan vacation, places to visit in Milan
The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

One should not miss the famous La Scala Theater nearby, which is one of the greatest opera houses of the world. Enjoy yourself by attending a concert to experience the true magnificence of the art and acoustics together. The Theatre Museum and Theatre are also open for public tours.

Last but not the least, have a walk along the Columns of San Lorenzo, Milan’s only Roman remains of a temple that dates back to the 2nd century. Whether your interests include, art, culture, fashion, history, business or pleasure, Milan’s offers all of it and more.

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