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The start of July sees the beginning of the annual season of summer sales. Europe's fashion capital throws open its doors and discounts of up to 70 per cent can be had on designer clothes and high end brands. The richest hunting ground is the boutiques of the 'golden quadrangle' or 'quadrilatero d'oro' centring around Via Monte Napoleone, but don't miss department stores such as Coin and La Rinascente. There are shuttle buses to out of town outlets such as Serravalle, Vicolungo and Fox Town (the last is just over the border in Switzerland).

Have a break from shopping and sample the great season of lunchtime concerts of jazz and world music at the Teatro Manzoni. There's appearances from Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith on 15 January, Joe Daley Tuba Trio on 22 January, and the Roscoe Mitchell Ensemble playing John Coltrane on 29 January. The season continues on 5 February with an ensemble of young Israeli musicians. All concerts run from 11am to 1pm. Teatro Manzoni, 42 Via Manzoni, tel. 02 7636901. aperitivoinconcerto.com

The festive season in Milan is a magical time, as the country's commercial capital vies with other Italian cities to put on the best street party. Piazza del Duomo features a giant Christmas tree and skating rink, and there are displays, celebrations and live music at Piazza Castello and other locations. New Year's Eve is an all-night marathon with fireworks, light shows and live music. Unique to Milan is the festival of O bej! O bej!, an atmospheric street market from 7 December onwards at the Sforza Castle selling food, gifts, toys, antiques and collectables.

See 'Art in the Years of the Italian Economic Boom of the 1960s', an innovative show focusing on visual culture and highlighting the role of Milan's editorial industry. The exhibition features paintings, graphic art, sculpture, design, fashion patterns and jewellery, as well as video installations. It's on at the Museo del Novecento until 22 March 2017. museodelnovecento.org.

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