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Milan & its Surroundings

Catherine Richards

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Milan

Introduction

Climate

Economy

Public Holidays

Practicalities

The History of Milan

What to See

Milan's Top Sights

Historic Center

Northeast of the Historic Center

Southeast Milan

Southwest Milan

Northwest Milan

Music in Milan

Adventures

Where to Stay

Food & Wine

Nightlife & Clubs

Excursions

Shopping in Milan

Milan

For those in the know, Milan has always been a choice destination. What Milan has always offered is chic, and so discretely that many casual visitors have initially failed to spot its charms. For those who do want to discover Milan's secrets and who are prepared to venture behind the city's somewhat austere façades, the city offers a fine experience.

Milan is culturally rich. The city is home to the world famous La Scala opera house. There are enough museums and art galleries to keep any art lover happy – indeed the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is one of the greatest European art collections. Though Milan lost buildings during World War II, it has many fine architectural examples from the Roman period through to the 20th century: basilicas, churches, chapels, castles, palaces – even the monumental Stazione Centrale is of historical and architectural significance. In fact, there has never been a better time to visit Milan, as the city is about to embark on a period of major regeneration.

For shoppers, the city's Sunday antique markets and the bohemian villages in the south of the city present another Milan – quieter, more relaxed. The neighborhood stores – the pasticcerie, the salumerie – are a delight. At the 32other end of the scale Milan is home to the world's greatest fashion houses: Versace, Fendi, Armani, Dolce e Gabbana. A great number of tourists come here solely for the fashion, to buy, to see and to be seen. At certain times of the year the fashion shows are the attraction, at other times the sales, where the promise of a Versace or Armani item at a fraction of the original cost entices shoppers from all over Europe.

Those visitors who spend only a day in Milan miss out on another virtue: its food. The Milanese take their food very seriously. Within Italy, Milanese cuisine is synonymous with luxury and sophistication, which seems appropriate in a city with the highest standard of living in the country. The history of the city can be seen in its food. Many of the dishes are heavily influenced by the foreign cultures that have occupied Lombardy over the last two thousand years: the Austrians and the Spanish, for example. Butter, cream, rice and cheese feature heavily in the cuisine, as it does throughout Lombardy, but also meat and, perhaps surprisingly, fish. The largest fish market in Italy is, in fact, located in Milan. Leaving Milan without sampling some of its cuisine would be like leaving London without setting foot inside a pub or leaving New York without riding the subway.

Milan is not an easy city to live in, nor is it easy to visit. This is a serious, working city, which at first glance can look grey, dirty and ugly. The traffic is an ever-present problem, the pollution can be a nightmare in the summer, as can the humidity and the mosquitos. It is also an expensive city, where the cost of hotels and meals can be 40% more than in places less than an hour away.

With some careful planning however, a visit to Milan can be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. With art collections to rival those in any other European city and with some stunning Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, Milan will satisfy tourists in search of culture. At the other end of the scale, it is a fun city, with superb restaurants, a lively bar and nightlife scene and excellent shopping. With a bit of planning and inside information, it's even possible to experience Milan – one of the most expensive cities in Italy – on a budget.

The second-largest city in Italy, Milan covers an area of 112 sq. miles, and has a population of 1:4 million. Located in the