Milan city breaks 2014Experience a wealth of culture and fashion in one city
Milan is one of the most popular destinations for city breaks in the world, with tourists making the most of the city's designer boutiques, sporting arenas and just the beautiful architecture. Bearing the above in mind, it would be fair to say that the city appeals to many different types of tourist and both couples and families will be comfortably satisfied with what the Italian city has to offer. The countless tourist attractions combine with the laid-back Italian approach to gift visitors a relaxing yet intriguing trip to one of the most varied destinations in Europe.
With the city home to some of the world’s top boutiques and generally attracting exceedingly wealthy people, it will come as no surprise to see that visitors can pay a huge amount of money for accommodation in Milan. However, the Italians have made sure that they haven't priced the average tourist out of their beautiful province and there are certainly regions in which places to stay are affordable. This can probably be said about all activities in Milan as while there are some areas which require plenty of finance, there are many more which are affordable and can appeal to every type of tourist.
Places to visit in Milan
There is absolutely no doubt that most people associate Milan with the Duomo. In English terms, this is the cathedral of the city, although as you may expect it is a massively historic landmark. It is classed as the world's largest Gothic cathedral and its architecture holds stunning features. Boasting no less than 3200 statues and 135 spires, even those with absolutely no interest in history will be amazed at the experience the Duomo has to offer. Tours of the landmark are readily available and many people often climb right the way to the top to take a view of the city from the cathedral roof.
Every city break destination can probably boast very good shopping facilities, yet Milan certainly take this to the next level. There are a whole host of fashion boutiques dotted around the city, while tourists will also find the standard high-street outlets. For those looking for the latest catwalk outfits, a trip to Quadrilatero d'Oro should undoubtedly be on the agenda. This houses the majority of luxury boutiques although considering the fact that this area translates as the "rectangle of gold", you should certainly make sure you arrive well prepared.
In terms of sightseeing, the Castello Sforzesco is probably the second largest landmark in Milan. For those interested in history, this is the place to be with the attraction boasting 12 mini museums. First and foremost, the Castello Sforzesco is primarily a castle and is certainly a piece of beauty in itself. However, when this is combined with the historical features courtesy of the museums, visitors can spend hours of time here and barely notice. Guides will talk though the construction of the castle as well as touch on other subjects such as the French, Spanish and Austrian dominations.
Amongst the hustle and bustle of shopping facilities and historic landmarks, Milan is also a highly regarded for its sport. The city is home to the San Siro, a football stadium designed for bitter rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan. Having been officially opened in 1925, there is certainly plenty of history associated with the venue and its size and architecture means that people flock to visit the area on a daily basis. It’s possible to arrange an official tour of the stadium, with visitors not only being provided access to the stadium, but also the Milan football museum that accompanies it.
La Scala Opera House and Museum
Having been opened in 1778, it will be no surprise to hear that the La Scala Opera House and Museum is awash with interesting history. Just like practically every landmark in Milan, the opera house boasts superb architecture and this alone makes it one of the most recognised attractions in the city. While it’s definitely recommended to attend an opera event at the venue, La Scala is also open during the day and many tourists take tours around the landmark during these times.
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