People generally think that Milan is all about work, but you just need to visit to see this is not the case.
Milan's famous "Quadrilatero d’Oro" of fashion, framed by the Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea is worth a visit for the shopping and its beautiful architecture and the buzz of the local bars and restaurants.
If art is of interest, visit the Brera Academy, with its unique collection of paintings from medieval to modern, the Duomo, of course! The Basilicas of Sant'Ambrogio, San Lorenzo, Sant'Eustorgio, Santa Maria delle Grazie, San Simpliciano are examples of Roman, Romanic and Renaissance architecture dotted around the city.
The La Scala Theatre, Leonardo's Last Supper, as well as many other Museums and Art Galleries significantly contribute to designate Milan a City of Art and Culture.
And of course, one could not spend time in town and not experience the very Milanese tradition of the cocktails! From martinis to Negronis, the Aperitivo has taken a whole new dimension in Milan where it is always served with a mouth watering selection of nibbles in the trendiest bars.
“We really enjoyed the Villa Carlotta on lake Como and the ferry from there to Bellagio. We also took the telepherique from lakeside Como up to Brunate but apart from the views, I’m not sure how much there is to do once you’re up at the top. Apparently some good walks, for younger visitors!
Milan is great but we were warned not to try to drive - there is a good train service (35 minutes or so) from Lomazzo. If you go, the Duomo is a must- particularly on the roof where you are on a level with the gargoyles. Have fun!”
- David and Joyce, 2015