Milan is a city with an addictive, fashion centric vibe about it. We tackled the city for a short weekend break and found Italy’s economic heart to be heavily bejewelled with all forms of fashion and culture experiences....
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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is without a doubt the most impressive and luxurious shopping arcade in Europe. With all your favourites from Prada to Gucci to Vuitton, you can’t go amiss, even if you are window shopping and can really only afford a scarf from a street vendor, it’s still a great experience. Also, where else in the world is the Apple Store accessed in between the glass sheets of a waterfall?
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Nothing in Christendom, except perhaps St.Peter’s Basilica in nearby Rome, stands out in quite such highly decorated grandeur as the Duomo di Milano. The Cathedral is the religious and touristic heartbeat of the city. While worshippers swarm toward the interior, tourists pay a good price to scale the outer towers and climb the roof for a view like no other. In fact, we doubt there is a roof as intricately, impressively, decorated as this anywhere else on the planet. It’s also a perfect romantic spot to catch the sunset over the city.
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Our favourite is sitting down for a cheeky appertivo above the Duomo square on the roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II at Terrazza Aperol. When we visited, to sit in with a drink (Aperol Spritz of course! Though there are other options on the menu) and access to the buffet of savoury pre-dinner snacks cost us only €8 and also got us a sweet view out over the evening shopping and stunning architecture of the Galleria.
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But of course, at the end of the day, being a tourist is the main focus, right? Aside from the Duomo and all the beautiful shopping experiences in Milan, we also visited the Sforzesco Castle, an impressive fortress which exists on the outskirts of the city centre. If we’d planned better in advance, booking a ticket to see Da Vinci’s Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie would have been a very hectic, but worthwhile pursuit (tickets must be purchased weeks, if not months in advance). Also, the Navigli Lombardi, Milan’s network of canals are worth the afternoon stroll for the foodie experience and local culture, and perhaps a little bit of nightlife.
Needless to say, Milan is bursting at the seams with fashion, culture and foodie experiences, perfect for the long or short weekend escape in Europe.
Written by Jo Fletcher
Photography by André Graver