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IFLY tipsDuomo and more (1 hr)
The heart of the old centre of Milan is around the Milan Cathedral. The ‘Duomo’ as it’s called is often described as one of the greatest churches in the world.
You can spend some time at the square, Piazza Duomo, in front of the cathedral and watch the street artists perform. Tourists and pigeons crowd the area and it is a good place for photography. You can go inside the cathedral as well. The interior of the cathedral includes a huge number of monuments and artworks. The roof is open to tourists (for a fee), which allows many a close-up view of some spectacular sculpture that would otherwise be unappreciated.
You should also visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. This is on the north side of the Piazza. It is a covered double arcade formed of two glass-vaulted arcades. The central octagonal space is topped with a glass dome.
The Milanese Galleria was larger in scale than its predecessors and was an important step in the evolution of the modern glazed and enclosed shopping mall, of which it was the direct progenitor. It has inspired the use of the term ‘galleria’ for many other shopping arcades and malls.
Daytrip to Como (1 day)
If you like to escape the city and want to get some fresh air, you should go to Como at Lake Como. It’s very easy to go there by train. In less than one hour you are in a magic place of lakes, gardens and palaces. This is specially recommended in autumn and spring, when often you can leave the fog and cold of Milan to reach sun-shining lakefront views in the mild climate of Lake Como.
Once in Como you can visit the city before walking a few steps from the train station to the ferry landing station, and in a few minutes board the boat to Bellagio. There are two kinds of boat services, one with a slow, traditional boat, and a fast one. We recommend that you spend your time on the slow boat, and admire the environment and the small villages at every stop of the boat.
There are trains running from Milano Central Station to Como San Giovanni Station. For more information about the trains, click here. It’s already nice to have a look at the wonderful Central Station of Milan.
Shop till you drop (3 hrs)
Milan is one of the fashion centres of Europe and shopping here is like heaven for fashionistas. The stores are absolutely fabulous. And if you're lucky to come during sales there will be some unique bargains to be found here.
Besides fashion, there are many more shops of course, but going to Milan without buying some fashion is almost a crime. The fashion district or ‘Fashion Quadrilatero’ in Milan is definitely formed by Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and Via Sant'Andrea together with Via Manzoni, Via Borgospesso and Via Santo Spirito. Luxurious boutiques of top Italian and international designers, antique shops, and tearooms are the physical proofs of Milan’s status of Europe's fashion capital.
If you can’t find it here, it’s most probably not fashion. And if you want to do more then just window-shopping, you should at least have a platinum credit card. If you like it a bit less expensive, there are some other wonderful shopping streets, like Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Corso Buenos Aires, Via Torino and Corso di Porta Ticinese. So just take your city map, walk and shop till you drop.
Designer outlet (1 day)
Milan is known as the fashion capital of Italy, but if you can’t afford it, you have to do it another way. If you are serious about your shopping and looking for some real bargains you should go to an outlet mall.
These outlet malls are outside Milan but it’s absolutely worth going there. A good one can be found at the village Serravella Scrivia about an hour drive from Milan on the road to Genoa. It’s a village in Roman style with many shops like: Bulgari, Fornarina, Nike, Prada, Hilfiger, YSL, La Perla and many more.
You can arrange you own transportation (A7 from Milan to Genoa, Seravalle Scrivia exit), but there’s a shuttle service as well. It leaves at 10 am from Milan Foro Bonaparte near Piazza Castello. At 5 pm the bus will bring you back to Milan. A ticket is 20 Euro for an adult. Bookings can be made via: +39 02 867 131.
It is located at Via della Moda, 1 in Serravalle Scrivia. Opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. For more information, click here.
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Language of the world
Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Milan.