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Milan

Known for Museums, Cathedrals and Culture

One of Europe’s biggest cities is also home of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, global fashion brands and one of the largest churches in the world. 

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Milan is a big city defined by its cosmopolitan culture, from fashion and food to art and old-world relics. The capital of northern Italy’s Lombardy region is known around the world as a fashion destination thanks to luxury brand names such as Gucci and Versace, and is also Italy’s financial centre. The city is one of the largest in Europe, with more than 5 million residents. Many buildings were destroyed in Milan during World War II, but you’ll still find countless beautiful old monuments worthy of a postcard perfect picture.

Milan is known for its rich religious history, and centuries-old churches dot the city streets. Visit the Cathedral of Milan, one of the largest churches in the world. Locals call the cathedral in the heart of the city the Duomo. Stand in the shadow of the cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo, a busy square surrounded by picturesque buildings. Across the square you’ll find da Vinci’s famous painting of The Last Supper housed in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie, a church and convent. Nearby, the Chiesa di San Maurizio is known for its frescoes and houses Milan’s archaeological museum.

If you want art without the religious context, head to the beautiful Villa Reale, home to two of Milan’s best galleries. See famous masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries at the Modern Art Museum. The Contemporary Arts Pavilion next door showcases some of the best artists around today. Make the short walk to the Brera Art Gallery to see works by famous Italian painters such as Raphael and Carravagio.

Try rich risottos and pastas, pizza or fresh gelati from restaurants and cafés on nearly every street. Watch world-class opera at the Teatro alla Scala then head to the Navigli nightlife district to drink with locals on terraces along the canal.

Fly to Milan’s international airport or get there by train from many European cities. Navigate the city using the affordable metro and tram systems. Alternatively, do as the locals do and get around on foot to soak up the style of one of Europe’s most fashionable cities.

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The centrepiece of Milan is also the largest church in Italy, crowned by a gold-coated statue of the Madonna.

At this central square browse luxury Italian goods in one of the oldest shopping centres in the world or visit the largest church in Italy.

See opera, ballet or classical music performed on one of the most famous stages in the world at this theatre and museum.

This beautiful old arcade houses some of the biggest names in fashion, such as Prada and Gucci, alongside traditional restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafés.

See Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting The Last Supper in this beautiful church and convent complex in the centre of Milan. 

This centuries-old castle has museums, art and beautiful surrounds that will appeal to culture lovers and history buffs alike.

Climb Branca Tower to look across the largest park in Milan, or hire a bike and ride along the shady paths that wind past green lawns and old monuments.

Raphael and Rembrandt are just some of the famous artists whose work is on display at this world-renowned gallery, with paintings dating back to the 14th century.

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Enjoy an introduction to Milan's main highlights on this full-day guided skip-the-line tour. Soak up the city's history as you wander around the Sforza Castle, La Scala opera house, and the world-renowned Duomo cathedral, and complete the experience with skip-the-line access to da Vinci's The Last Supper.

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Gaze out the window at the shifting landscapes as you leave bustling Milan behind and head for the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Board the Bernina red train and journey through gorges and past glacier lakes, reaching heights of 7,400 feet (2,250 m) before alighting in the chic winter resort of St.

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Retreat to the elegant lakes of northern Italy, exploring Lombardy and Piedmont as you visit Lake Orta, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Garda over 4 days. Take in the scenery on boat tours, enjoy plenty of free time, and relax between sites with hassle-free transportation and comfortable overnight accommodations.

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North of Milan sits Italy's breathtakingly beautiful Lake District region, with its alpine scenery and pristine bodies of water. Perhaps most well-known is Lake Como, famous as a retreat for A-list stars.

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Head north from Milan to the picture-perfect resort of Lake Como, with its serene lakeside villas, before exploring “the Pearl of Lake Como”—the town of Bellagio. Later, cross the border into Switzerland to explore the bustling town of Lugano and its scenic lake to top off this incredible day trip.

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Spend a day away from metropolitan Milan and head north to Verona and the stunning scenery of Lake Garda. As the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona possesses a romantic vibe few cities can rival.

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