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
The Tortona district in Milan is situated between Via Tortona, Navigli, and the metro station of Porto Genova, but its core lies on Via Tortona, Via Savona, and Via Salaria. About 10 years ago, this area was rather overlooked, but now more artists and creative entrepreneurs are emerging in the district, making it Milan's trendiest neighborhood. The district is bustling and super fashionable. New bars and restaurants pop up on every corner, and clientele is abundant, especially during weekdays due to the presence of...
Dreaming of taking a splash in an emerald green lake? Or cooling off under a sparkling waterfall. Picture yourself in a whirlpool of swirling water, with the enchanting gentle smell of fig trees in the middle of the verdant countryside? Find out at which spots are best for wild swimming and take a detour! To get you started here are 10 locations throughout Italy, but obviously we're constantly discovering new places, bookmark this article for more wild swimming in natural swimming holes.
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...
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...
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.