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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.

Join in Milan's historic Carnevale celebrations. The traditions of this religious festival go back centuries and these days it features parades, exhibitions, events and concerts in the run up to Shrove Tuesday (9 February 2016). In Milan the festivities go on until the following Saturday (13 February). The event is very popular with children who dress up in ornate costumes as characters such as Harlequin, Pulcinella or Colombina.

Central Milan is surprisingly small and one of the best ways to appreciate it is on a guided walking tour. Pick of the bunch is Walkabout Milano, which offers a range of different options including Photobike, combining a bicycle tour with a photography class, and Cooktown, a tour plus a masterclass in Milanese cuisine at the cookery school La Cucinoteca. 34 Via Muratori, tel. 02 56568487, walkaboutmilano.it. (Tours are offered in English, though the website is in Italian.)

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