Milan is a city that truly captures the spirit of modern day Italy. Many of the things that we associate with Italy have their origins in Milan, from high fashion to Italian coffee.
Milan is the rare kind of city that is not overshadowed by its country's capital. Milan has its own distinct identity that barely resembles Italy’s main city. Many travellers take a trip to Rome and cross Italy off their list, but you have not experienced the true Italy until you have been on at least a short break to Milan.
You can’t go on a city break to Milan without fitting in some shopping. Some of Italy’s, and the world’s, premier fashion houses are based in Milan, including Prada, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana Ermenegildo Zegna and Krizia.
The Quadrilatero della Moda, or Fashion Square, is the best place for shopping in Milan and features specialist boutiques and retail outlets for most of the world’s major fashion houses.
One of Milan’s more famous cultural sites is the Santa Maria delle Grazie, or Holy Mary of Grace, church. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is no mere church however. The church is the home of the Last Supper mural by Leonardo Davinci. This mural of Jesus and his disciples sat around the table during the last supper is one of the most famous images in history and is a must see on a mini break to Milan.
The Santa Maria delle Grazie may contain one of the greatest works of art the world has seen but the building itself is far from the most impressive religious building available on mini breaks to Milan. That honour goes to the Milan Cathedral. This Gothic style Cathedral took over 6 centuries to complete and is a true architectural marvel that has to be seen to be believed.
For a more modern piece of Milan’s history on your weekend break we recommend having dinner on a tram. These art deco inspired carriages have been around since the 1920s and taking a ride on one feels like stepping back to the era. The trams provide a four course meal whilst taking in a panoramic view of the beautiful city sights.
One thing that has to be experienced on a city break to Milan is to just sit back in a cafe and enjoy a coffee. Milan is the home of the espresso, you can walk into any cafe you find and be guaranteed an amazing coffee. You haven’t truly tasted coffee until you’ve had one in Milan!
Here are some useful facts that may come in handy on short breaks to Milan:
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