5 good reasons to go to Milan
To see / do
Culture and history
The Duomo towers over the city and is undoubtedly Milan's crown jewel. Work on one of the world's grandest cathedrals began in the early 14th century and spanned 500 years. Crafted entirely from white marble, it rises up in all its Gothic splendour, standing guard over the eponymous square. Its colossal columns and paintings are simply breath-taking in scale. Make your way up to the rooftop for sweeping views over the city.
Just passing through
The Vittorio Emanuele II gallery was inaugurated in 1867 and is a gorgeous cross-shaped passageway. Topped by a glass and metal vaulted ceiling, it encloses a selection of luxury boutiques and renowned restaurants. The mosaics, statues and dome combine to create an opulent, regal atmosphere. The Italian aristocracy were utterly enamoured with the gallery, and it was soon nicknamed 'Milan's salon'.
At Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco, also known as Sforza Castle, was initially a 14th-century fort that gradually became a ducal palace. Today, the castle is home to a smattering of museums: the Museum of Ancient Art, the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Musical Instruments, and more. Visitors can also simply wander its courtyard and soak up the atmosphere.
A magical night out at the Scala
Built in 1778, the Scala is Milan's biggest theatre and one of the most famous in the world. The Scala is where all the operas by Italy's most famous composers were staged, from Rossini and Bellini to Verdi, Puccini, and beyond. Don't miss your chance to experience the magic for yourself in this gorgeous venue.
Shop 'til you drop at the Quadrilatero
As the world's fashion capital, Milan is bursting at the seams with haute couture boutiques. Montenapoleone, Spiga, Sant’Andrea and Manzoni are the four streets that form the Quadrilatero, or Golden Rectangle. All the luxury brands and designers you can think of have headquarters here. Stop off to catch a glimpse of all the latest catwalk trends fresh off the runway. This is one Milanese neighbourhood you won't want to miss!
Risotto alla milanese
An Italian staple, risotto refers to a melt-in-your-mouth rice dish jazzed up in countless ways. Foodies will fall in love with risotto alla milanese: the risotto is cooked in meat stock and infused with saffron before being served up alongside Milanese veal or osso buco.
World-famous osso buco
The world's best osso buco is to be found in Milan. This rich dish features veal shank cooked with its bone and marrow as well as tomatoes, onion, white wine and herbs. The mix is left to simmer gently before being served with pasta, risotto or polenta.
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