The fashion capital of Italy, and one of the world, Milan is a sophisticated city oozing charisma and glamour with its beautiful architecture, glorious historical buildings and notorious designer flagship stores. The fast-paced, modern cosmopolitan city may be a contrast to other areas of Italy, with its uber efficient metro services, modern dress sense and attitude towards business, but Milan still hosts great Italian food and art. Celebrating the after-work drink ceremony, the Milanese have a stylist attitude to fashion and work, and a city break to Milan allows you to soak up the sights, style and food of this metropolis in Northern Italy.
Home to the magnificent Duomo Cathedral, Milan is a great city break destination as it blends old and new perfectly in this cosmopolitan city of designer stores and glorious churches. At first glance Milan does not boast as many 'top tourist sights' as its other Italian city competitors, but instead what I love about Milan is the drinking and eating culture. As soon as the days work is done, the locals flock to bars and and cocktail bars to enjoy a post-work drink and pre-dinner nibbles. Although you're cheating, (enjoying the after-work drink without the work), these hours after the sun sets on the work day is when the streets of Milan are full of light chatter and cocktail glasses tinkling. I love Milan for its beautiful buildings (and designer stores!), it's laid back attitude to dining and drinking and how easy it is to navigate around this metropolis of style and glamour.
Currency: Euro €
Some common words to know before you travel:
Hello = Ciao, Thank you = Grazie, Please = per favore, Excuse me = Scusami, Bill = conto
Time Difference: +1 Hour
Best Time to Visit: Whilst I am sure Milan is beautiful all year round, (imagine the Duomo dusted in snow or wandering around the Galleria Emanuele through the autumn leaves), however I visited in early June and feel the early summer was the perfect time to visit. The heat was bearable, flights and hotels were much cheaper than the peak summer season and whilst restaurants and sights were busy, but there were minimal queues and plenty of availability.
Flight Time: 2 hours 15 mins from the UK
Price Range: This can range depending on where you eat, obviously eating a three course meal at the Gucci cafe isn't going to come cheap, that being said most restaurants in the centre are averagely priced, with a main course and an alcoholic drink at around €20-25 pp and coffee pretty cheap around €3-5.
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