Milan

What You Need to Know Before You Go

Milan is Italy's fast-paced modern metropolis, renowned for its world-conquering fashion industry, supremely stylish inhabitants and achingly hip nightlife. But while it's a forward-thinking city at heart, you'll also find classic European elegance in abundance. The Gothic grandeur of Milan Cathedral, one of the world's largest churches, serves as a reminder of the country's unrivalled architectural heritage.

Meanwhile, cavernous museums like the Pinacoteca di Brera are veritable treasure troves of Renaissance-era art. After a hard day's work, the Milanese know how to unwind in style, with aperitivo, the time-honoured tradition of pre-dinner cocktails and nibbles, proving a particularly alluring local custom.

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