Home to cutting-edge fashion, grand Gothic cathedrals and world-class football stadiums, Milan is a cultural powerhouse and one of the most popular cities in Italy. City breaks in Milan offer access to a bustling metropolis with plenty to offer.
Milan has more gorgeous churches within its city limits that some countries have within the entirety of their borders. The headline act is without a doubt the magnificent Duomo, a lavish Gothic cathedral that took almost six centuries to complete. Work on the cathedral, Italy’s largest church, started in 1386 and wasn’t finished until 1965. Think about that the next time your builder tells you he needs more time to finish tiling your bathroom. The cathedral has a staggering 135 different spires on the exterior, and an enormous interior that is well-worth seeing. Another essential religious spot in Milan is the 16th-century Chiesa di San Maurizio, which is covered with frescoes by Bernardino Luini. There are also a number of other basilicas to look out for dotted throughout the city, including the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio and the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.
Milan is one of the best places in Europe to see Renaissance art. Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic The Last Supper is a very popular attraction, based on a wall close to the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. You don’t have to be an art-lover to want to catch a glimpse of one of the most famous images in the whole of Western society, and there is an informative exhibition detailing the restoration process following centuries of damage to the mural. The Pinacoteca di Brera in Accademia di Belle Arti holds an impressive collection of works by old masters, from Titian to Caravaggio. After seeing so much Renaissance art, you’ll want something a little more cutting-edge. Close to the Piazza del Duomo you’ll find the Museo del Novecento, Milan’s museum of modern and contemporary art and a fantastic place to spend a few hours.
Milan is home to AC Milan and FC Internazionale, and you can see these teams play at the legendary Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. If you’d rather spend your time in Milan indulging in some retail therapy, the Fashion Quadrangle roughly marked between Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Babila is home to some of the leading designer shops. Amongst the many big name shops, here you’ll find the Armani Megastore, the Gucci Flagship, the Ralph Lauren Flagship Store, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. There are also a number of markets to check out for trinkets, second hand books and vintage clothes, including the Fiera di Senigallia flea market in the trendy Porta Ticinese area.