Milan: the Shopping Capital of the World
Being the birthplace of renowned brands such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, it is hard to dispute the view that Milan is a strong contender to be the fashion capital of the world. If you haven’t spoilt yourself in a while, and want a different experience to your usual peruse in high street shops, then Milan is the city for you. Widely thought to be one of the best shopping experiences in Europe, it is time to swap the crowds in Primark for an intimate shopping experience in some of Milan’s most luxury establishments.
A great place to start on this quest is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the most elegant and oldest shopping malls in the world. As well as housing some of Italy’s most prestigious brands, shopping aside the building itself showcases some of the most awe-inspiring works of human talent, including incredible artwork and sculpting. Especially notable are the mosaic floors and numerous arches that grace the building. Understandably, all this grandeur brings with it exorbitant prices, so expect any stop for a drink or bite to eat to be considerably expensive. It also goes without saying that shopping here does not come cheap, so perhaps a stroll soaking up the atmosphere will suffice for those on a budget. For those that have money to burn, other famous shopping streets in Milan include Via Montenapolene and Corso Venezia.
Of course, shopping isn’t for everyone, and Milan has far more to offer for those that are more interested in sports, history and art. To begin with sport, football fanatics can choose between watching AC Milan or Inter Milan at the famous shared San Siro stadium. If you are really lucky, your trip could be timed with a clash between these local clubs. Latest odds at bet365 tip AC Milan more likely to win Serie A at 7/1, as opposed to Inter’s chances at 12/1.
History wise, well Milan is one place where you can’t miss it. Being the 5th largest church in the world, Milan Duomo makes quite an impression on the eye. Decorated with gargoyles and statues, it is hard not to be in awe of this gothic masterpiece that took 6 centuries to build. This certainly proves that hard work pays! For a fairly modest 12 euros, you can explore the entirety of the Duomo site, including the terraces which offer fantastic views of the city as well as the intricacy of the Duomo’s architecture. For those that just want to see inside the cathedral, it only costs 3 euros.
Moving onto Art, a trip to Milan is unfinished without visiting Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous mural painting, ‘The Last Supper’. You can find this masterpiece at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Beware; due to its popularity, it is extremely wise to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Visitors that prefer modern art could instead visit the Gallery of Modern Art or the Museum of the 20th Century, both located in the city centre.
Milan and shopping are often used in the same sentence, and this is for good reason. But it is also a city rich with history, making it a very interesting city break destination.