Fodor's To Europe!

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Milan, the business and fashion capital of Italy, is efficient in ways that most other Italian cities aren't, and it has a certain sophistication you won't find elsewhere in the country. Sometimes it looks as if everyone's draped in Armani. The city is famous for its shopping, but it's also filled with some Renaissance (and later) gems, besides being the home of La Scala, the world's greatest opera house.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife


  • Hire a guide to show you around Castello Sforzesco, filled with secret crypts, battlements, and tunnel.
  • Thrill to the trilling of high Cs at legendary La Scala, where Maria Callas and every other opera great has sung; book tickets well in advance.
  • You'll also need a reservation to see Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
  • Milan's top museums, including Museo Poldi-Pezzoli and Pinacoteca di Brera, hold notable works by Botticelli, Bellini, and Raphael.


  • Milan Fashion Week happens every March.
  • The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is the international furniture fair, a major event in April.

Side Trips

  • Bergamo, 32 mi/52 km east of Milan, has a seriously good museum (the Accademia) filled with Renaissance treasures, as well as lively local cuisine.

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