They say that a journey through Italy is like travelling through an outdoor museum. There are so many sculptures and monuments that it is impossible to not stop at every corner to marvel at so much beautiful art. It comes as no surprise that half of the world's UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Italy.
Travelling through Italy, we can admire the works of famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Botticelli or Tintoretto and many others; genuine maestros of art and sculpture present in art galleries throughout the world.
But Italy is not just about art. Italian cuisine is another very good reason to visit Italy, where you can sample the wonderful fresh pasta dishes and rich sauces made with natural ingredients in the purest traditional styles.
The inhabitants are warm and friendly and will quickly have you engaged in conversation. They say Italians are very passionate and it's very normal to hear men flattering women as they walk by.
Description of the area
Milan is the largest city of northern Italy. Located in Lombardy, it is the regional capital of Italy and is located in the Padan Plains, one of the country's fastest-developing areas. The city's location has always supported the Milanese economic development.
Milan became one of the greatest powers of the north during the middle ages. Founded by the Celts, it was the Roman Imperial city of the west which was later to be plundered by the Ostrogoths.
A city steeped in history and traditions. There are currently 7 million inhabitants living within the metropolitan area. The streets, museums and shops are a must-visit, and if you get the chance, some of its famous fashion shows. Milan is one of the world's capitals of fashion and design.
Italian cuisine is very varied in spite of popular misconception. Each region of the country contributes in some way to this great variety.
Using a wealth of ingredients from the Mediterranean diet not only do they produce pizzas and fresh pasta dishes, but also a wide selection of Italian specialities including risotto (a creamy rice originally made with mushrooms), vitello tonnato (a dish of finely filleted beef accompanied with tuna and olives) and cold meat cuts such as prosciutto, mortadela and salami, to name but a few. To finish off any Italian meal, you must try the authentic tiramisu dessert.
The city has given its name to one of the most famous meat dishes in the world, Veal Milanese, prepared with veal, dipped in beaten egg and breadcrumbs
Naturally, we could not finish this section without mentioning the Italian coffee, one of the most famous coffees in the world.
Cathedral. It is the most famous site in the city. Better known as the Duomo, it is an enormous gothic cathedral right in the heart of Milan.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. A shopping centre built in the 19th century, also known as the Salon of Milan. Here you can find the city's finest and most famous shops.
La Scala Theatre If you love opera you can't miss this historical visit to one of the most famous theatres in the world. La Scala stages many famous operas and maintains a very special relationship with Giuseppe Verdi.
Sforzesco Castle. Built as a fortress in the 14th century, Sforzesco Castle is one of Milan's most emblematic monuments. It houses many museums.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. One of the most famous paintings in the world can be found in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church.
Fashion is a basic element of everyday Italian life. If you love shopping, Milan is the city for you.
Budget permitting, the best fashion labels can be found around the streets of Vittorio Emanuele II, corso di Porta Ticinese, Via Torino and Corso Buenos Aires. Here you can find world famous fashion by Dior, Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.
Milan is not a city of shopping centres but there is La Rinascente, a centre open every day of the week with very interesting restaurants and terraces.