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.
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
It's well worth the trip north to the ex-industrial area of Bicocca to check out Pirelli's super cool artspace, HangarBicocca. Opened 12 years ago on the site of the old tyre factories and offices, the complex features the permanent display of the installation The Seven Heavenly Palaces by German artist Anselm Kiefer, consisting of seven reinforced concrete towers up to 18 metres tall. Current temporary shows are 'Situations', by Japanese artist Kishio Suga (b.1944) until 29 January 2017, and 'GDM: Grand Dad's visitor center' by Laure Prouvost (b.1978) until 9 April 2017. HangarBicocca, 2 Via Chiese, tel. 02 6611 1573. hangarbicocca.org.
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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