Frequently overshadowed by romantic Florence and historic Rome, cosmopolitan Milan has much to offer curious travelers.
Here are five recommendations for how to spend your time in this fascinating city.
Stop by La Scala. La Scala opera house is located at the end of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in La Scala Square. Constructed in 1778 by the Italian architect Giuseppe Piermanni, La Scala is one of the most celebrated opera houses in the world. Over the years, its stage has been graced by some of the most famous musicians and composers in the world, including Italy’s own Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, and Gioachino Rossini.
Be dazzled by La Duomo. Duomo di Milano, Milan’s cathedral, is an impressive Gothic structure that took nearly five centuries to construct. I recommend taking a trip up to the roof for a breathtaking view of the city and a chance to see the famous gilded Madonna up close. The area around La Duomo is quite lively with various specialty shops and restaurants.
Dine with DaVinci. DaVinci’s massive masterpiece (15 x 29 feet!), The Last Supper, is located in Milan’s Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Savor Savini. I suggest enjoying dinner (or lunch) at the renowned Ristorante Savini Milano (located in the same area as La Scala). Savini’s talented chefs serve up savory Italian dishes (and vino, of course) in a stylish ambiance. They are especially known for their ossobuco a la milanese (braised veal shanks).
Give your credit card a workout on Montenapo. Via Montenapoleone, affectionately referred to as “Montenapo” by locals, is an upscale shopping street in the heart of Milan’s shopping district. Most of the shops carry ready-to-wear fashion, accessories and shoes. Even if you’re budget isn’t up to shopping, strolling down this chic street will make you feel oh so Italian.