Travel guide - Milan
The capital of Lombardy, Milan is a city of many faces which has cultivated its status as the global capital of fashion while at the same time honouring traditional festivals and ancestral culture.
Spring and autumn in Milan see the eagerly awaited Fashion Weeks, major events on an international scale.Visit Milan in autumn to discover the city with a background of music and a fun atmosphere, during the Milano Musica Festival. Discover how the city celebrates, with a trip to Milan in March, during the Carnevale Ambrosiano!
For age-old traditions, plan your trip to Milan late in the year and witness the Oh bej! Oh bej! Fair, the arrival of the Magi and the Naviglio Festival.
A city in which cultural traditions are deeply rooted, Milan is no less a city of nature and of sport. In springtime the parks and gardens are celebrated at the Fiesta dei Fiori. As for sport, Milan hosts an annual marathon as well as the finish line for the Giro d'Italia.
Discovering Milan will naturally include a visit to the Duomo of Milan, a key architectural symbol of the city with its 2,000 sculpted statues on its exterior façade. From the piazza del Duomo, continue into the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II and admire the beautiful decor of this luxury shopping arcade. This commercial gallery combines the neoclassical style of its imposing architecture with the chic atmosphere of its upmarket bookshops, antique shops and luxury shops such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Borsalino…
Continue to explore Milan with a stop at La Scala, renowned for having seen the greatest names in classical music and operas by Bellini, Verdi and Wagner performed here.
Art lovers will make a beeline for the Pinacoteca di Brera and to learn more about the history of the city, visit the Castello Sforzesco whose walls are infused with the historical episodes which have marked Lombardy.
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