Milan On the Road

Milan, Italy
Milan has over 1,308,500 inhabitants, making it Italy's largest city. In the past the Celts founded the city in 600 BC and it was conquered by the Romans in 222 BC. During the Middle Ages, it became one of the most powerful cities of Europe with various riches. Today it's still one of the riches cities in Europe, and is an important fashion, design, commercial and financial centre of not only Italy, but the globe.

Although some may think that all there is to do in Milan is shop and shop, she does offer a few cultural treats - scratch past the commercial districts and you’ll be well-rewarded.

The most obvious is the Duomo di Milano, a massive and elaborate late gothic cathedral in Milan. It is the second largest cathedral in the world with a just as large collection of marble statues. For a spectacular view, make sure that you climb up onto the roof for some great views from between Gothic Spires. Her second largest secret? Da Vinci’s Last Supper, hidden away for privately booked viewings at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. For more Leonardi da Vinci works of drawings and notebooks go to Biblioteca Ambrosiana which also holds various books and manuscripts. Then theres the Castello Sforzesco began its construction in the 14th century and now houses an art gallery. Wander around at night - the castle looks spectacular under yellow lights.

As a centre of fashion and design, there’s always something cutting edge on - make sure you check out the city guides in town for exhibitions and fairs.

Ok, back to the shopping… The biggest commercial area is around Milan’s Duomo. The streets here are packed with the latest fashion, from the everyday fashion to haute couture on via della Spiga for luxury brands. Don’t miss the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, with its hushed lighting and interesting mosaics, and the adjacent La Scala Theatre. Porta Ticinese has some groovy boutiques, and is a more old-fashioned quarter where you’ll also find the Colonne di San Lorenzo.

Italy is known for it's amazing pizza, pasta and wine - you’ll find all this in Milan. But remember that Italy is also full of regional specialties too. In Milan, try a risotto. Or veal, which is generally served with mayonnaise, tuna, capers and anchovy sauce. If you want to be adventurous, try pig feet or ears. Milan claims to be the birthplace of panettone which is a Christmas treat. For another dessert there's torta di tagliatelle which is a sweet pastry made from egg pasta and almonds. Milan’s nightlife is pretty impressive - there’s a great local scene with massive clubs, modern international bars and plenty to do. Try Como Avenue near Garibaldi Station which is full of glamorous options or Navigli quarter, near Porta Ticinese Avenue and XXIV Maggio Square. To stay on top of the great options that Milan has on, try finding the free street press, Zero2, which has a great on listing Milan’s nightlife.