As one of the great cultural capitals of the world, Milan enjoys a reputation of high style and Italian sophistication, and also a legacy of art and architecture. Italy’s second largest city is an understated destination – visitors flock to Rome, Florence and Venice unaware that Milan, the northern capital, produces many of the finer things in life.
The Renaissance and Romanticism flourished in Milan; opera and theater have been its forte and it is home to some of the greatest museums, universities, academies, palaces, churches and cathedrals in the world. Cuisine is a crucial part of Milanese life, the Lombardy region producing many of Italy’s luxury delicacies. Then there is fashion, Milan’s passion and history. In the world’s oldest shopping mall and the surrounding streets Italy’s most extravagant names can be found: Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada and Versace. Milan’s fashion week has turned it into a world capital of design, a title that is reflected in the Milanese dress, and their restaurants, bars and clubs. Sport is a passion here too. Two renowned football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano, battle their games in the San Siro stadium; and each year Formula 1 arrives in Monza to thrill thousands of dedicated fans who treat it as an annual pilgrimage. Whatever your reason is for visiting Milan, make sure you check Elite Traveler’s recommendations to make the most of this exceptional city.