Spires of the Milan cathedral
loom over Piazza del Duomo.
Milan ... the Italian shoppers paradise and a mecca for art & opera lovers
... and only a short hop to Lake
Como in the Italian Alps for breathtakingly beautiful scenery.
Milan has it all - starting with designer shopping at the historic and
world famous Milan Galleria, the prototype for modern malls worldwide, and very close
in proximity to other attractions at the city's center.
Although leisurely strolls around the city are the best way to see everything, Milan is a busy metropolis and easy to get around via bus, trolley or the modern Milan Metro.
don't miss a tour of the incredibly ornate Milan
Duomo (cathedral) or tickets to the La Scala Opera. Of course, this being Italy you'll also want to take in at least one trip to a world-class art museum including an up-close view of one of Da Vinci's best-known paintings, "The Last Supper" at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The world-famous masterpiece is a big draw for tourists, so be sure to book reservations online at least several weeks before you visit! (Metro stop: Cardona).
Scenic Lake Como, only an hour away from Milan, is also easily reached by regional service from the Central or Cadorna stations, which connect to regularly-scheduled ferry service to such popular lakeside resorts as Bellagio and Varenna.
DID YOU KNOW? Milan Travel Fun Facts
• Milan is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Italy and continues to attract immigrants from around the world. About 15% of Milan's population is foreign born. Milan even has its own Chinatown.
• Unlike cities in southern Italy, tomato sauces and pasta are not stars of the Milanese menu. Milan is more famous for Risotto alla Milanese (yellow safron rice), and simple but delicious Veal Milanese (breaded veal cutlet) and Ossobuco (veal shank with brown sauce).
• There are 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures on the Milan Duomo making it the most decorated gothic cathedral in the world.
More about Milan around the Web:
Milano - Promising "Milan at a glace" and featuring information
on major and nearby attractions, hotels & popular restaurants, art & opera
openings, event calendar, street finder and telephone directory, travel news stories,
Tourist Guide | Italy Heaven - Good, online brochure with facts on major
attractions and day trips, best shopping, tips on how to get around, hotel recommendations,
Milan Travel Guide - Wikitravel - Insider guide to the city and attractions with details on the city's trolley and subway systems, central rail station, day trips, suggested hotels and restaurants, photos and practical safety tips.