What do you think of when someone mentions Milan? We’re not talking football here; we’re talking designer boutiques round every corner and fine dining at its best. If you’d expect to see Ferrari’s lining the streets, women head-to-toe in Chanel and striking buildings surrounding you, you won’t be disappointed should you decide to take a trip to the remarkable city. If you’re there to experience the very best of designer brands (even if just to admire the flawless window-displays) be sure to stay in or near the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Rectangle of Gold) where four adjoining streets create a fashion-lovers dream.
During the winter months you’ll find plenty to do whether it’s taking full advantage of your hotel spa with relaxing beauty therapies and a dip in the bath-like pool (The Boscolo Hotel ‘swimming’ pool rather resembled a giant Jacuzzi… not that we were complaining) or shopping in the La Rinascente- one of the most prestigious department stores in the City. In the summer enjoy the weather and appreciate the beautiful sights Milan has to offer. An absolute must is to visit the Duomo di Milano- a spectacular gothic cathedral which took almost 600 years to build and is one of the largest in the world; take the lift to the roof top for a breath-taking view – truly amazing and not to be missed. In the evening you’ll be spoilt for choice with restaurants serving traditional Italian cuisine, not forgetting the wine… well, it would be rude not to try wouldn’t it.
The traffic and road system is one thing to be cautious of when in Milan. Almost not making it to our hotel due to a near-collision incident on the highway (involving one huge lorry and a crazy bus driver) was not quite the perfect start. Nevertheless, the limitless amount of shopping on offer totally makes up for keeping an extra cautious eye out when crossing the road (just don’t let that Prada handbag you really want and need on the other side of the road be a distraction). The Metro, Suburban Railway, Trams and Taxis are all suitable means of transport when exploring the city and surrounding areas.
Shopping aside (the other-half might be getting a little het up at this point) other wonderful things to do whilst in Milan include a visit to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church to admire Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” or if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city take a wander to the scenic Parco Sempione for a relaxing picnic in the park. Lastly, if you visit the Galleria there is one final recommendation- a Big Mac in one of the most amazing buildings ever.