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The epicentre of the Italian fashion industry, Milan is the epitome of sophisticated and effortless style and luxury living. A flight to Milan with Qatar Airways introduces you to a paradise for high-end shopping, exclusive restaurants and opulent hotels. But fly to Milan and you’ll also discover a city with nearly three thousand years of history, culture and heritage.
A trip to Milan is a journey to the cultural centre of Italy. Twice a year the paparazzi, catwalk models and designers descend on the city for the Milan Fashion Shows, but during the rest of the year this remarkable city continues to revolve around sartorial elegance, fashion and couture.
However, there are also plenty of attractions to visit throughout the city. The Duomo is located in the very heart of the city and is one of the most strikingly spectacular buildings in Italy. For true culture lovers, La Scala is Milan’s famous opera house, and home to the finest opera and ballet performances in the city.
La Scala opened in 1778 and has its own museum, the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, which is also well worth a visit. You can also visit any one of hundreds of museums, monuments and attractions. Ultra-modern contemporary art is housed in a huge hangar at Hangar Bicocca, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology offers a fascinating glimpse into both the man himself and the development of science and technology during the Renaissance and beyond. The Pinacoteca di Brera is a world-class museum that’s home to one of Italy’s most important collections of Old Masters
No trip to Milan would be complete without seeing one of the most famous paintings in the world – da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. However, tickets sell out months in advance, so if you know you are planning a trip to Milan you will need to buy your ticket online beforehand.
Milan is a city of piazzas, and they create the perfect surroundings for the Italian ‘café culture’ that lets visitors simply sit back and ‘people watch’ over a perfect cup of espresso. Discover more about Italian food with culinary courses and displays, or if all the indulgence has simply become a little too much, head for the many wellness spas that are dotted around the city. For a really unusual way to see the city, take a Segway guided tour – it’s easier on the feet than all that walking!
The Italians love their food, and any trip to Milan is a fantastic opportunity to taste some of the best Italian cuisine in the world. Northern Italian food isn’t as spicy as its southern cousin, but there are some local specialities to look out for, and they’re not all pasta-based dishes, either. Cotoletta alla Milanese is a thin, fried veal cutlet, and fried foccacia with chicory is another local favourite.
There are countless exceptional restaurants dotted throughout the city, as well as some international cuisine outlets such as the excellent Japanese restaurants and exotic Lebanese tastes. There are also plenty of bakeries, patisseries and ice cream shops for lighter, on-the-go snacks.
Most people travel to Milan to shop. This city really is a retail paradise and has street after street and piazza after piazza of outlets for international and top-name brands. The 18th Century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a magnificent glass and iron gallery that’s home to some of the most exclusive shops in Milan. But the must-visit area of the city for designer brands is the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ of Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga and the streets that interconnect including Via San’t Andrea, Via Gesù and Via Borgospesso.
Shoppers travelling to Milan don’t have to head for the exclusive designer outlets, though, as there are plenty of markets, malls and more affordable boutiques scattered around the city. One of the more eclectic malls is 10 Corso Como in the Garibaldi district, near the Centro Direzionale (take the Metro to P.ta Garibaldi). It’s a little more ‘laid back’ than the more exclusive flagstores around Piazza Duomo, Piazza Cavour and San Babila Square.
The majority of international flights to Milan arrive at Malpensa International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Milan please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / F / L
International dialing code: +39