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Travel to Milan

The second largest city in Italy and the center and capital of the Lombardy region. It's home to Italy's most famous opera house, the Scala, and is known as the epicenter of Italian fashion and design, and of course, it's a shopper's paradise. Milan is both the modern center of the affluent north and also boasts significant historical landmarks like The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci and other major artworks, for instance from the Pinacoteca di Brera, as well as a spectacular Gothic cathedral, the Duomo.

The heart of the north, fashion, innovation, and design! Milan, the capital of Lombardy, is a cultural, modern, and vibrant city rich in monumental beauty and artistic masterpieces. The Duomo, or the Cathedral, with its marble facade and late-Gothic architectural style, symbolizes the metropolis of Northern Italy. From the roof of the Duomo, you can enjoy a unique panoramic view dominated by the 135 spires of the church pointing towards the sky. The Piazza Duomo is the heart of the city featuring the Palazzo Reale, the seat of Milan's city government, and historical halls where major art exhibitions are held. Beside the Palazzo is the ultra-modern 20th-century museum; Museo del Novecento. Nearby is another famous city icon, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, essentially a pedestrian crossroad covered with glass-vaulted arcades. Inside, there are historic restaurants, bars, and fashion boutiques, as well as magnificent mosaic floors. If you cross the Galleria, at the end, you'll find the Piazza della Scala with one of the most important opera houses in the world, the beautiful Teatro La Scala. The Milanese theater tradition is not just found here in La Scala but also in several other venues around this beautiful city - including the Teatro del Piccolo, founded in 1947, and the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, the local cabaret theater. Most of these and more of our favorite spots in Milan you will find back on the interactive map.

Our Travel Reports about Milan


  • Our favourite Spring events in Italy

    Festa della Sensa in Venice - Favourite Events in the Spring in Italy

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    Spring in Italy always makes for a busy calendar of events, not only because of various important sagras and religious celebrations, but also because of numerous fairs. Yes, folks, more than 30 events, so get ready. To help you navigate our favorite events, please check out the events map or list of Spring events below.

  • Important dates for anyone planning a trip to Italy this year

    Feline Dentistry Conference in Rome is just one of the events in a packed conference season

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    You guessed it, or maybe not. Italy has one of the most packed conference agendas of any city in the world in any one month, say January you'll find conferences on Feline Dentistry to Drug Tourism, and you were wondering why the hotels were full, right? Of course, not all of these conferences are expected to attract millions of visitors to the city of Rome. I mean, how many feline dentists are there? However, I just want to make it purrrfectly (pun intended) clear that there are definitely a few events that you will want to keep an eye out for.

  • 15 New hotspots in Italy: discover the best new hotels in Rome, Milan, Florence and more

    Hotel Bristol Rapallo Portofino

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    Rome: the eternal city's hotel scene is set for a boost with a new branch of Nobu Hotels and Six Senses hotels, plus the boutique hotel ROMEO Roma, in a 16th-century palace by Zaha Hadid. But at the top of our must-visit list is the Bulgari Rome. This Italian brand owns hotels as far away as Shanghai and Bali, but is finally opening its flagship in its hometown coming this spring or summer. Housed in a 1930s modernist building composed mostly of travertine marble and red brick, it will surely be the

  • 9 Favorite Christmas Destinations in Italy

    Christmas in Italy

    Written by: Lisa Tucci

    Christmas in Italy is certainly a time for celebration, especially in this predominantly Catholic country. The Christmas holiday season in Italy officially kicks off in early December, when towns across the Boot start putting up their street decorations. It lasts straight through to the Epiphany, on January 6th, the day it is said the three Wise Men arrived to Bethlehem. Traveling across Italy, you would be hard-pressed to find a town that isn't lighting our otherwise dark season with bright decorations, shop windows and streams of festive lights criss-crossing the main thoroughfares. And

  • Panettone pudding

    Panettone pudding

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    your Leftover panettone or pandoro can easily be used in an upgraded bread pudding. Although you can choose from a whole range of recipes for leftovers of Christmas, this budino is one of the best. A recipe from Anna del Conte. This delicious dessert is perfect after two or three days of intensive gourmet eating.  

  • Christmas in Italy: Panettone in Milano and Pandoro in Verona

    Photo : Food photographer Jennifer Pallian

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    It is almost impossible to ignore the big blue and red boxes in the supermarket during the holidays. The Italian Panettone has nestled itself forever on the shelves. If you've ever been tempted to take a Panettone home, you'll most likely, like me, have been a little disappointed.

  • Risotto in 5 easy steps

    Risotto in 5 easy steps

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    With Risotto, time and care are the most important ingredients. Take out about 20 minuted to carry out the process of stirring and adding moisture. The choice of rice depends on the recipe, but at the end of the day this is a fairly simple dish that everyone should be able to make.

  • The perfect Osso Buco recipe

    My mama's perfect Osso Buco recipe

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    The recipe for this dish originated in Milan. When it is well prepared, this is one of my favourite Italian dishes, especially when it´s cold outside and you crave some real soul food. It´s a shame that many restaurants use a poor quality cuts of meat to make this dish. What is the correct name? Osso Buco, Ossobuco or Osso Bucco, I have found all 3 used in Italy, however I will stick to Osso Buco, with one c. Adding tomato, I indicated as an option in this recipe, is the way the dish is prepared in Emilia Romagna.

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