Aside from business and fashion, you’ll also be surprised to discover a wealth of history beneath its glamourous facade. The grand gothic cathedral, the duomo, is a striking sight at the heart of city breaks to Milan - a must-visit for keen photographers for its spectacular architecture as well as its stunning views from the top. Nearby you’ll find some fantastic destinations to escape the bustle of the city - head to La Spezia for a laid-back day trip with a dose of culture thrown in.
If its history you are craving in Milan, ensure you make time to drop into some of the city’s finest churches. With some of the oldest religious buildings in the whole of Italy, you’ll find beautiful architecture from varying time periods - from the renaissance feel of the Saint Mary of the Graces to the Romanesque architecture of Saint Ambrose. Simply by strolling its streets, you’ll be revealed to countless churches, with most of them free to explore - head to the nearby city of Turin for catch a glimpse of even more fine religious buildings.
Of course, Milan city breaks are incomplete without embarking on a shopping trip and with the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle shopping mall on your doorstep, it’d be rude not to! A spectacular 19th century building with a stunning mosaic floor, you won’t help but feel like royalty when you’re laden up with shopping bags from its glitzy boutiques or sipping coffee at one of its stylish cafes. Alternatively you can head to the nearby destination of Genoa if you’re looking for unique souvenirs.
The architecture across Milan is truly phenomenal, and one of its finest examples is the Renaissance church - The Duomo. This stunning building is made up of thousands of spires and statues that stand proudly amongst its exterior. San Babila is a charming Romanesque church that sits near the Piazza San Babila, which is filled with Art Deco buildings.
Shopaholics will find their heaven here, with a huge number of shops that range from upscale designer boutiques to high street stores. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a stunning shopping mall, with a glass roof and a mosaic floor. Fashion lovers should head to Via Montenapoleone, Milan’s famed designer street, which is lined with only the best high end brands.
Milan is proud of its gastronomic heart and there is no better place to try a variety of Italian specialties than here. Its vast array of restaurants vary from upscale fine dining establishments to pizzerias and Chinese restaurants in Paolo Sarpi, otherwise known as Chinatown. Drinking in the city is a pleasure, with venues ranging from stylish clubs and cocktail bars on Commo Avenue, to the open air cafes and cosy bars of the Navigli quarter.
Hotel Sanpi sits in the centre of the city, with beautiful gardens furnished with contemporary sculptures and art work. This boutique hotel is ideal for visiting the historical centre and Milan’s popular shopping area. The Ramada Plaza Milano is a unique, modern hotel found in the city’s main shopping district.
Milan is filled with fascinating architecture, such as the Gothic Duomo church and the Medieval Chiaravalle Abbey. You can delve into the world of design at the Triennale di Milano architecture museum. Art is also found in every corner here, with magical sights you can enjoy together such as seeing Da Vinci’s infamous painting, Last Supper, in the Saint Mary of the Graces church.
Shopping is phenomenal in Milan, from the designer boutiques that line the cobbled Via della Spiga, to the spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, a 19th century palace shopping mall with a mosaic floor and glass roof. Those in search of romance can visit the La Scala Theatre, one of the most recognised opera houses in the world.
Milan really comes to life at night, with stylish cocktail lounges and wine bars where you can enjoy a romantic drink together. You will also find a choice of laid back bohemian clubs with live music and cosy atmospheres. Commo Avenue is a great place to head to for chic bars and stylish clubs, or you can experience a different culture at the Latin quarter of Brera.
Found in a building that was inspired by a fairy tale castle, Chateau Monfort if the perfect place to spend a romantic break. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a Jacuzzi. The Hotel Galles Milan is a beautiful hotel found in a 19th century building, with a spa where you can relax together.
Arguably one of Milan’s most spectacular sights is the Duomo di Milano, a striking Gothic cathedral. This beautiful building is made from white marble, with hundreds of spires and statues. Children will also love visiting Milan’s castles, such as the Sforzesco Castle which is home to several museums and art galleries. The city boasts a vast number of museums, showcasing exhibitions on subjects from art and antiques, to architecture and opera.
Milan is famed for its art and there is plenty to seek out whilst on holiday here. From the Italian Renaissance art in the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum to the modern sculptures and artwork at the Hangar Bicocca, works from every movement can be found across the city. Although the city stretches across a large area, the main sights are within a smaller cluster, so one of the best ways of seeing them is to join a walking tour.
Milan is a lively city once the sun sets but there are plenty of family friendly places that parents and children can enjoy together. The city streets are filled with warm and welcoming cafes that serve hot drinks and desserts which you can enjoy after a dinner out. The cuisine across the city is varied, so there will always be something to please even the fussiest young diners.
Families can enjoy a peaceful stay at the Leonardo Da Vinci Milan, which is found on the fringes of the city, and is surrounded by luscious green landscapes. The Concorde is similiarly a great hotel for families, close to the main attractions.
The Ibis Milano Centro hotel boasts a great location in the centre of Milan with public transport options close by, so exploring Milan city couldn't be easier! All 437 rooms are modern and provide good amenities including air-conditioning. Guests can also make use of the hotel's restaurant and 24 hour bar, or for those travelling on business there are eight conference rooms and Wi-Fi connection. This hotel is an ideal choice for families, couples and small groups seeking a memorable city break in Milan.
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Hotel Re is a modern style building situated just four miles from Milan's famous shopping district with other main tourist hotspots are within easy reach. All rooms are fully-equipped with a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV and a private balcony or terrace. This hotel is an ideal choice for families and couples who want to discover all that Milan has to offer.
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The Hermitage hotel is found just a few steps away from Milan's historic district and provides guests with an elegant place to stay within easy reach of many of the city's top attractions. The hotel is home to the internationally known Il Sambuco restaurant which offers delicious cuisine and Caesar's Bar provides an excellent venue in which to relax and enjoy a quiet drink. All rooms are equipped with a satellite TV and internet connection. This hotel is a great choice for couples and small groups looking for an exciting city break in Milan.
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Situated in the heart of Milan, the Hotel Mediolanum makes an ideal choice for those seeking a modern place to stay in Milan. Guests can make use of the hotel's restaurant serving a daily buffet style breakfast, bar, fitness room and business centre during their stay. Popular places guests can reach with ease from this hotel include Milan's historical centre, shopping areas and main attractions. The Hotel Mediolanum is great choice for couples, families and those travelling on business.