Cheap flights to Milan
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.
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 'Pietas: 30 Years of Photojournalism', a powerful collection of the work of the American reportage photographer James Nachtwey (b. 1948). The show contains 200 images including scenes of war, often shot from close up. The venue, the Palazzo della Ragione, dates from the 13th century and is one of the oldest and most interesting buildings in Milan. Palazzo della Ragione, Piazza dei Mercanti, tel. 02 43353535. Until 5 March 2017.
It might not seem like a great visitor attraction at first, but Milan's Cimitero Monumentale is well worth a visit for those with a passing interest in history. Easily rivaling the great Père Lachaise in Paris, the cemetery is a vast, immaculately curated sculpture park to the city's famous departed with memorials to conductor Arturo Toscanini, painter Francesco Hayez, novelist Alessandro Manzoni and many more.
Bergamo, just 25 miles to the north east and easily reachable by train or motorway, makes a great day trip from Milan. It is a city in two parts, connected by a picturesque funicular: the Città alta, a medieval settlement surrounded by 16th-century walls and full of breathtaking architecture; and the more modern Città bassa, home to chic boutiques and restaurants. Among many sights are the historic Piazza Vecchia and the 14th-century Rocca (castle) in the old town, and the main shopping street, Via 20 Settembre, and Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAMeC) in the new.
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