If the beautiful cities of Rome, Venice and Florence are Italy’s show ponies, Milan is the country’s workhorse. But beneath its industrious veneer are plenty of hidden treats.
Fashion is a good place to start in Milan. The capital of chic is replete with cool concept stores, ritzy boutiques and the couture flagships of Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace.
The golden rectangle, just north of the Duomo cathedral, is probably the most famous retail area while The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy's oldest shopping mall. For a culture fix wander around Pinacoteca di Brera and the Fondazione Prada design centre and take pictures of Milan’s world-famous opera house Teatro alla Scala.
And just like any Italian city, an indulgent feed is never far away. If you wish to dine out as the locals do, join in the pleasant evening ritual of aperitivo. This pastime sees friends come together over delicious small plates and an ice-cold, citrus-flecked Aperol Spritz and it takes place all over the city, from the cool canalside bars of Navigli to the vivacious eateries that border Piazza Del Duomo and Colonne di San Lorenzo. Needless to say, this northern Italian icon is more than just a place to get your fashion fix.
Brought to you this summer with Aperol Spritz