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.
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.
September sees the launch of an exciting new art show at the Palazzo Reale: 'Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro'. The exhibition celebrates the great Japanese artist and printmaker, with 200 images and illustrated books from the Honolulu Museum of Arts featuring the themes of nature, landscape and feminine beauty. From 22 September, palazzorealemilano.it
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.
Lake Garda, around an hour and a half from Milan by car or train, is Italy's largest lake and one of the country's top attractions. The town of Sirmione has restaurants, bars and fashion stores, while the towns of Riva and Torbole are popular with windsurfers and kiteboarders. The town of Garda itself is situated on the eastern shore in a magnificent bay surrounded by hills. It's a perfect base for exploring the northern shores as well as the southern towns and wine regions to the east. A short drive away is Gardaland, Italy's best known theme park and a must for the kids. gardaland.it.
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