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It is one of the world’s fashion capitals and that fashions spills from the catwalk to the streets in Milan meaning you should pack your best clothes for an unforgettable Milan city break. The city is also famed for its cuisine, churches, opera, and da Vinci's Last Supper. Italy’s business and financial capital, visitors flock to Milan in droves for the eating, shopping, and clubbing. See the classic architecture that survived the destruction brought by World War II and discover hidden treasures behind the austere facades of the post-war reconstruction on Milan holidays.
Milan is the home of one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Since 1867 the luxurious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II has lured-in Milan and wider Italy’s fashionistas. Rub shoulders with the local populace sipping on coffee at an elegant cafe off Piazza del Duomo. Then take your time to explore the stunning Duomo Cathedral – from the roof you can see the Alps on a clear day. After spending a day sightseeing, kick back with an aperitivo and then experience Milan’s nightlife in the bars of the canal-side Navigli.
Moderately hot summers and cold and wet winters dominate Milan’s climate. Consider it before planning your holidays to Milan. However, both the mountains of Apennines and the Alps form a protective barrier that shelters the city from extremes from the north of Europe and from the sea.
In winter, the average temperature can fall below freezing but usually sits around 2 degrees Celsius (28 Fahrenheit) and a significant amount of snow can fall on an average of seven days per year.
In summer, humidity levels can be high and temperatures can reach 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) with clear skies and an average of more than 13 hours of daylight. Spring and autumn are distinct and in general pleasant, with temperatures that range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 – 68 Fahrenheit) and higher rainfall.
Despite of possessing some world class sights, Milan is not generally geared towards tourists and the city’s hotel industry reflects this. Some 80 percent of international companies base their Italian headquarters here or in the surrounding areas, and for that reason accommodation target executives with company expense accounts.
Then, of course, the fashion industry which draws fashionistas to some of the trendiest hotels in Italy, and while they are the best places to stay on Milan holidays, they represent the most expensive.
Bargains in Milan might be hard to find, but among the best places to stay in the city are in smaller hotels where it's not compulsory to be dressed in Gucci or Prada.
If you are visiting simply on vacation and don’t want to break the bank, it is important to time your break to avoid the numerous trade fairs when hotel prices are at a premium and rooms may have been booked months in advance.
A Milan experience is sure to combine the creative fields of fashion and art with a large serving of history. For the latter, begin with the world’s largest gothic cathedral, the Duomo. Entry is free, but pay a small sum and you can ascend to the roof for breathtaking views of the city while taking a closer look at the statues, gargoyles and flying buttresses that adorn the cathedral.
Extend the cultural experience on your holidays to Milan with a visit to the church Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses one of the most famous murals in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s, The Last Supper. Prior booking is essential.
Another of Milan’s landmarks is Castello Sforzesco. The castle has been transformed into a series of museums in which you can see more of da Vinci’s work in the rooms designed by him. You can also view the unfinished sculpture Michelangelo worked on for the last nine years of his life - Rondanini Pieta.
A visit to the world-famous La Scala Opera is also well worthwhile.
The grand bazaar at 10 Corso Como offers an eclectic shopping experience. Here you’ll find a range of exotic goods gathered from across the globe. The flea market called Papiniano Market is a bargain hunter’s paradise. Further cheap finds may be found at the Il Salvagente discount outlet store which offers designer clothing at bargain basement prices. Unique and avant-garde design can be found in the Spazio Rossana Orlandi store.
Take time on a Milan city break to take part in the aperitivi scene - lengthy happy hours in bars, with well-stocked platters of tasty food laid on.