Milan can seem a little austere at first, yet beyond this demeanour the epicentre of Italian fashion puts on an impressive show of glamour. While the striking architecture, atmospheric neighbourhoods and avant-garde theatre gives this city its solid charm.
Fashion focused - Milan is a pilgrimage for shopping, from the designer boutiques of the golden quad to the bargains of the outlet stores and hidden gems of the flea markets. Despite this flair for fashion and style, at first glance some might say that Milan lacks the romance of Florence, Venice and Rome, but look closer and you’ll discover its unique appeal. Many of the city’s treasured attractions still stand strong, with the neo-gothic façade of the Duomo and grandeur of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II looking as appealing as in their heyday. Other areas have evolved over time. Picturesque Navigli boasts canal-side cafes while, the chic Brera district still retains some of its original bohemian character.
Explore scenic Lake Como in Italy's beautiful Lake District on a day trip from Milan. Just a short drive away, the fashionable lakeside town of Como is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and ringed with scenic towns. After spending time shopping and dining, you'll take a two-hour panoramic cruise on the lake to the enchanting village of Bellagio. During the winter you will enjoy a one-hour boat cruise on the lakes followed by a cable car up to the village of Brunate instead.
Discover Milan's must-see attractions on this comprehensive small group walking tour. Your half-day experience includes skip-the-line viewing of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting 'The Last Supper'. You will also discover why Milan is one of the top fashion cities in the world, explore the impressive Duomo and tour the breathtaking Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Group numbers are limited, ensuring that you receive personalised attention from your guide. And by booking ahead, your entry to see 'The Last Supper' is guaranteed, without wasting any time queuing.
Cross the border from Italy to Switzerland and shop till you drop at Foxtown outlets, on this afternoon shopping tour from Milan. With over 130 stores to choose from, you'll enjoy discounts between 30-70% off the recommended retail price. Shop to your heart's content at factory prices for designer brands including: Gucci, Prada, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Trussardi, Adidas and Nike. After engaging in some serious retail therapy, head for the beauty centre, bars or the Grand Casino Admiral.
See all the main sights aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With 12 stops to choose from, you can hop-on and hop-off all around the city. Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours from the time of first use. Discover Milan using two tour routes – which are inter-connected so you can hop easily between them. Line A highlights include Sforzesco's Castle, Piazza Duomo and the Scala Theatre. While Line B highlights include Via Montenapoleone and the Cenacolo of Leonardo da Vinci.
Take a guided tour through San Siro Stadium, home to Italian and world famous soccer teams, A.C. Milan and F.C Built in 1926, San Siro Stadium has undergone numerous renovations. Now reputed to be one of the most astounding sports buildings in the world, it holds a capacity of 85,000 people. You'll visit the stadium's museum and site unique memorabilia as your English speaking guide recounts the glorious history surrounding the victories of A.C. Milan and F.C football clubs.