Famous for being the Italian capital of fashion and design, Milan is far from a regular quintessential urban metropolis. Joining Paris, New York City and London, this lively cosmopolitan city is globally recognized as one of the fashion capitals of the world. Folks are often surprised to learn that the capital of Lombardy is just as rich in heritage and tradition as much as it is a shopper's paradise with streets packed in with chic boutiques housing the choicest designer brands from all over the galaxy. Moving ahead of style and fashion, Milan is also home to the Borsa Italiana (Italian stock exchange). This international city is truly renowned for being the industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy.
When in Milan, be sure to pay a visit to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The construction of the Duomo took 500 years to complete. During the summer months, thanks to the sunshine the windows crafts a kaleidoscope of colour via the cavernous interior. Lovers of old-world music can take a trip to stop by at the Museo Teatrale alla Scala where the museum is filled with several mementos of the illustrious opera house, La Scala. History buffs can get a kick by visiting the Sforza Castle. Said to be one of the largest citadels in Europe, the castle is home to an array of museums and art collections.
Art enthusiasts can head over to the Santa Matia delle Grazie church which possesses celebrated figure Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic Last Supper Painting which is now fully restored. Fans of the illustrious, legendary and milt-faceted individual can also visit the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum) which exhibits his creative, intuitive genius and his incredible foresight in its full glory.
Milan, being home to the most influential fashion designers of the world, hosts the very popular Milan Fashion Week twice a year to display their Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collection. Fashionistas, designers, supermodels, famous celebrities and the media descend upon Milan during the fashion weeks.
Rich tourists have a lot of options to shop from. The Via Monte Napolene is the 6th most expensive shopping street in the world. The street is home to exclusive fashion & couture boutiques that houses every designer brand that you can imagine. Shoppers of the traditional kind can check out Navigli district that is known for Fiera di Senigallia, traditional flea market that sells vintage and used clothes, antiques and ethnic artifacts. Budget shoppers can head over to several streets such as Gianfranco Ferre and Il Salvagente where you are allowed to bargain and get discounted designer wear.
The opportunities to eat in Milan is endless with scrumptious local Italian delicacies available in every corner. A trip to Milan is not complete without trying out their world-famous mouth-watering gelatos and creamy risottos. For sports fanatics, Milan houses two large football clubs, Internazionale and Milano. They jointly share the legendary and illustrious San Siro stadium that can accommodate around 86,000 fans.
Milan boasts of plenty of stay options that can cater to both the rich who are keen to book the best luxury hotels as well as backpackers and middle-class travellers who prefer modest budget hotel apartments that are cheap, comfortable and adequate.
April to May or late September to October are the best months to holiday in Milan as the weather is pleasant. Tourists can escape the summer's scorching heat as well the biting cold of the winter.