Among Italian cities, Milan is one of the most modern and avant-garde. It is impossible to come in Milan, and not go to Via Montenapoleone or Via della Spiga, the two sides of the celebrated "fashion quadrilateral", the center of the Italy’s shopping capital, and the showcase for Italian design excellence.
Equally obligatory is a visit at a downtown bar to relax with an aperitif. When it comes to eating out, Milan offers a huge selection of flavors and tastes, with all of Italy’s regional cuisines richly represented.
A busy place at the best of times, Milan adds an extra spring to its step when Fashion Week hits town, which is in February and September, for womenswear, and January and June for menswear. Then, of course, there is the Milan International Furniture Fair, in April, when the whole city gets involved, with events both at the vast Rho Fiera, and all over the city.
In addition to being the home of the Italian publishing and media industry, Milan is well-known for its music venues, as well as sports.
The opera house, La Scala, needs no introduction, with tickets being hard, but not impossible, to obtain. Another challenge is gaining admission to Leonardo’s Last Supper, while getting to see the Brera Art Gallery, the Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco is a breeze.
Milan enriches the experience of foreign visitors in so many ways.
Few other cities can boast of having two soccer teams with an international following as passionate as Milan and Inter. For fans of Italian basketball, there’s Olimpia Milano, one of the most prestigious teams in Europe.