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If it’s style and sophistication you’re after then look no further than Milan; Italy’s largest city has it in abundance.  A fantastic holiday and city break option all year round, Milan is a city that never slows down. Whether you come for a bit of sightseeing, world-class shopping, or to sample the varied nightlife, you won’t go home disappointed.

There is over two and a half thousand year’s worth of history in this city, so you self-confessed culture vultures out there are in for a treat. If you like your cathedrals Gothic, your castles Renaissance and your palaces Neoclassical then look no further. Even the shopping comes with a historical twist in the form of the 19th century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade. Now that is what we call shopping in style. And this is of course the real reason you came to Milan isn’t it? If you want to satisfy that shopping bug further, then head down to the picturesque Brera district with its winding streets, flower-draped balconies and expensive little boutique stores. Or, for an even more upmarket experience, then head to the Quadrilatero d’Oro, or Gold Quarter to you and me.

July 2017
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).

July 2017
Check out 'Future City', an innovative photography show celebrating cities of the future by Roberto Polillo at the Bocconi Art Gallery. The exhibition focuses on capitals that are undergoing the most rapid change and draws on a mobile camera technique that intentionally blurs the images to create a vibrant dynamic effect. Bocconi University, 25 Via Sarfatti, unibocconi.it (site in Italian). Runs until 11 September.

May 2017
The public gardens near Porta Venezia are home to Milan's annual horticultural show, now in its 22nd year. Stalls and displays of plants take over the whole park in a relaxing event for the whole family. From Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May, 9.30 to 7pm each day. orticola.org.

June 2017
With its central Piazza della Vittoria listed by the Italian Touring Club among the most beautiful squares in Italy, Lodi, 30km south east of Milan, is ideal for a day trip. Among the many churches and monuments the cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, overlooks the piazza and is one of the largest churches in the north. Lodi is known for its picturesque side streets of upmarket restaurants and boutiques while the Bridge Pub on the north side of town (6 Via X Maggio) is a late opening bar with an international feel.

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