Milan is not only the capital of Lombardy and the second most populated city in Italy, but also one of the fashion capitals of the world, centre for financial, commercial and industrial business. This leading global city is also host to international events including the Milan Furniture Fair and Milan Fashion Week. Beautiful landmarks are surrounded throughout the city, as well as theatres and museums that attract more than six million tourists a year.
Milan is not seen as one of the most visually appealing places to travel in Italy, partly being destroyed by the Second World War bomb raids, yet it offers much entertainment, remaining architectural pleasures and is a true paradise for any fashion loving tourist.
The place to begin in this busy city is the Cathedral Duomo, consisting of 3,500 statues and 135 spires decorating the neo-Gothic and elaborate structure. This detailed Cathedral took a long 500 years to complete, as soon as you walk inside you feel at peace, but as you walk up the stairs to the rooftop you will find yourself looking onto a magnificent view, which on a clear day can take your breath away with the visual of the distant Alps.
One of the most rewarding attractions is the Last Supper by Leonardo Di Vinci, be sure to book ahead because the 15-minute time slots fill up very fast. The 15th Century masterpiece is a magnificent mural painting, and though it is damaged from years of war and environmental factors the reflection of the religious meal is well worth it. Walking into a silent room within the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie is a once in a lifetime experience, the detail in the painting can only be seen in person, and its large size will surprise you, covering the entire wall.
The third place to visit in Milan, is the fashion street Via Montenapoleone, the long road will lead you on a journey through up-market, luxury ready-to-wear apparel, accessories and jewellery. Labels light up the street such as Céline, Emporio Armani, Dior, Stella McCartney, Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and the list goes on and on. Even if these labels are out of your price range it makes for a fun afternoon of window-shopping, with the concepts in each store bringing a new themed design and concept.
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