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Why fly to Milan?
Milan is home to the world famous Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper," and for many people that is enough reason for a visit, however there is a unique Italian culture to explore that really has its own flare and differs quite significantly from the rest of the country.
Milan is Italy's second largest city and also an economic hub with the country's stock exchange, Borsa Italiana, located in the city. Due to its business-centric focus the city is perhaps less quaint than other Italian cities but very organized and home to newer buildings. And, the mix of grand old architecture in this new Italian city provides a really wonderful mix.
The Milan Cathedral provides a stunning sight, something out of a fairy tale. The cathedral was completed in the mid-16th century and stands out for its Gothic architecture. Other sights that will really take your breath away include the famous opera house, Teotro alla Scala as well as the Palazzo Belgioioso. Da Vinci's famous painting and many of his other works is located in the beautiful Santa Maria delle Grazie, which has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
The city is the fashion capital of Italy, which means all the luxury names you've ever heard of have their storefronts here. You can stroll down the Quadrilatero d'Oro and spot the fabulous window displays belonging to Armani, Versace and Prada among others. This is where the ladies who lunch come to mingle and shop and visiting for a tourist can be really a cultural experience.
Italy knows how to enjoy dining and turn it into quite an experience.When in Milan take part in the wonderful aperitivo tradition. This takes place in the evenings some time before dinner and work is done for the day. Restaurants in the city lay out wonderful appetizer buffets as people meet with friends or colleagues for a drink or two and a little nosh before a full dinner. As long as you are sipping on some wine or a cocktail these delicious buffets are free.
Milan enjoys four distinct seasons. Summers are hot with temperatures hitting the low 30s. Winters are freezing with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees. The spring and fall provide a happy medium between the two extremes with comfortable temperatures in the low teens and 20s.
When to fly to Milan
The summer months beginning in June and right through to the end of August are very busy in Milan and flights very expensive.
For great flight deals into the city book from January to April, the weather is slightly cooler at this time, but a lot of what you will be doing is in doors.
Getting into Milan
International visitors will fly into Milano Malpensa Airport. The most convenient and quickest way to get into the city center is to use the Malpensa Express train. The trip will take you close to 30 minutes. You can also use the airport's shuttle or express bus but the trip will take you twice as long. Taxis are available at the airport.
Getting around Milan
Milan is a very easy city to get around. The public bus service is integrated and efficient, there is also tram service in the city center and a metro to get you outside the city center. Taxis are available at designated stands.
- Try Milanese regional cuisine. The city is especially known for osso buco, which is delicious stewed veal shank, and risotto alla milanese, a creamy rice dish made with beef marrow.
- The city is home to two major football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano, if you have a chance get some tickets and enjoy an Italian sporting extravaganza - every game is a passionate display of love for the team and the game.
- The Duomo is beautiful inside but most people don't know that you can also make your way to the roof. There you can get a great view of Milan and there is a very good chance you could have the roof to yourself.
- Visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to bring you some good luck during your trip, the galleria is a shopping center, but in the shopping center there is a tile of a bull. Tradition has it that if you spin on a bull's (ahem) private parts it will bring you good luck. And apparently doing a little twist over the tiled bull is supposed to be just as lucky.
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