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
Once a bit of a niche event, the Milan Tattoo Convention is now mainstream and the 22nd incarnation runs from 3 to 5 February at the Fiera MilanoCity convention centre. There are more than 200 international tattoo artists, competitions and more. Via Gattamelata, gate 13/14. milanotattooconvention.it.
Check out the weekly Fiera di Sinigaglia, a historic fleamarket held along the Navigli (canals) every Saturday. This Milanese institution dates back to the 19th century and is a mecca for collectors and bargain hunters with more than 100 stalls offering bric-à-brac and antiques of all kinds. March's dates are 4, 11, 18 and 25. fieradisinigaglia.it (website in Italian).
Milan sits on a flat plain surrounded by attractive countryside with its green spaces, lines of poplars and historic towns. Crema, 40km to the south east, is one of many worth visiting and it has three fine churches in the historic centre: the Basilica of Santa Maria della Croce, the Duomo (cathedral) and the Chiesa della Santissima Trinità. The museum (Museo Civico Cremasco) has fine architecture and art treasures, while Crema is known for its gastronomy, from street food to haut cuisine.
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