Reserved”, “smart” and “cool” would be the three key words to describe Milan. Although outwardly conservative city, Milan is the heart of business finance as well as being one of the world’s trendiest fashion capitals.
You can walk around the centre of Milan in under half an hour and enjoy the Sforzesco Castle, the Duomo (Gothic Cathedral) , the glass and steel eighteenth Century Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcades and La Scala theatre. If you are in Milan on a fine day, a trip to the top of the Duomo cathedral is a “must” and the views can be spectacular, in fact if they sky is very clear you can see all the way to the Alps, north of the city. The alfresco painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, “The Last Supper” is situated in the Church “Santa Maria delle Grazie” and can be reached from the centre by walking for 15 minutes or by metro, either from Cadorna or S. Ambrogio stations. The church is situated on Corso Magenta and tickets for viewing “The Last Supper” can be pre-booked.
Most of the museums and churches of historical interest are in the centre of the city.
» Turismo – Città di Milano http://www.turismo.comune.milano.it/wps/portal/tur/en
» Ciao Milano – What’s on today http://ciaomilano.it/e/whats/thisweek.asp
» Italy Convention Bureau http://www.conventionbureauitalia.com/index.aspx
The standard of food in Italy and especially Milan is superb. Traditional restaurants are serving the new generations of loyal clients and trendy new eateries are opening around the city. Traditional dishes, seafood (brought fresh every day from the nearby coast), crunchy pizza and ethnic fusion temptations are served with relish and enthusiasm everywhere. Pasta of every shape and form with delicious sauces and numerous choices for vegetarians are on the menu, even in the most modest of the Trattorias. Italian ice-cream has the reputation of being the best in the world, once you taste it you will agree. Try to look for the ice-cream that is home made – artigianale, this is the best.
The Northern Lakes region can be easily reached from Milan by train, Lake Como 50 minutes from Cadorna Station, Lake Maggiore 1 hour 20 minutes from Cadorna station.
The Ligurian Coast (Genova) can be reached by train in less than two hours.