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Milan Holidays Overview

Milan is a city like no other. It might have its problems of mosquito laden summers, hot weathers and foggy winters, but these problems are soon forgotten as the city begins to unfold one sight after the other. Unlike other cities of Italy, you won’t find tourists rushing from one place to the other checking off must see sights. On the contrary, Milan is one of those places which is famous for keeping tourists in one place and enthralling them with various forms of arts, architectural wonders and gorgeous vistas. The city is particularly famous as the business capital of Italy and is a major centre for fashion industries in the world.

Milan is a major attraction for art lovers as it is home to some of the greatest artworks of time. Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruits might be the most famous paintings, but Milan also has a fair share of Bellini, Raphael and Crivelli artworks. It is also known to be a major pilgrimage for fashion lovers and some of the greatest fashion brands of the world such as Prada, Pucci, Versace, Gucci and Armani are known to have started off from the various fashion shows of Milan. Emerging labels and designer boutiques can be found by the dozen and there is no shortage of shopping opportunities for the bargain hunters either.

History lovers would revel in the fact that the city is not just about its fashionistas, trendy boutiques and designer clothing. It is also known to have an extremely rich history and a deep culture that has been painstakingly built over centuries. The La Scala Opera, the National Museum of Science and Technology and the Milan Cathedral are some of the greatest historical sights in the city.

History and fashion might seem to be the main attractions of Milan, but they are just a part of the cosmopolitan mix that defines the city. It also caters to theatre lovers, foodies and sports freaks. There is a beautiful mix of football, shopping opportunities, cultural sights, an exotic nightlife and world class cuisines which ensure that there is something to do for all sorts of tourists entering the city. The iconic San Siro Stadium, the home of AC Milan and Inter Milan, is located in Milan. Tourists can also try to time their visits to catch iconic festivals such as the Feast Day of Sant’Ambrogio, a celebration which shuts down an entire neighbourhood and transforms it into one of the largest street fairs in the world.

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Milan holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Duomo (Cathedral)
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What is it? The looming Duomo, the world's largest Gothic cathedral, presides over the Piazza that bears its name. Its construction began in 1386 and continued sporadically until Napoleon ordered its completion in 1809. Its lengthy creation bestowed on it 3,400 statues, 135 spires and 96 gargoyles. It is best visited in full sunshine when the interior is illuminated by the colourful mosaic of its stained glass windows. The church is a five-aisled cruciform seating 40,000 worshippers. The 16th-century marble tomb of Giacomo de Medici lies in the south transept and lying buried at its heart is St Charles Borromeo, the cathedral's most important benefactor. Every year in May and September a nail from the cross of Christ is displayed to worshippers and is retrieved from its resting place by the bishop who is hoisted to the nivola to reach it. Across the piazza in the Palazzo Reale is the Museo del Duomo that displays the treasures from the cathedral. It also houses the Museo d'Arte Contomporanea, showcasing a collection of Italian Futurist art. Hours of Operation: Daily 7am to 7pm. The dome is open from 9am daily, closing between 5pm and 6.30pm depending on the season. Treasury: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm (Saturday until 5pm), Sunday 1.30pm to 4pm Phone:(02) 8646 3456



2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Piazza del Duomo
What is it? This four-storey, glass-domed arcade is entered from the Piazza in front of the Cathedral and extends to the Piazza della Scala. It was originally built as a link to the opera house but has become a fashionable place to hang out, sip coffee or camparis, or take a stroll through its many exclusive shops. Milanese gather in this conservatory to escape the winter rains or to socialise after a busy working day. Hours of Operation: Phone:



3. Theatre Museum at La Scala (Museo Teatrale alla Scala)
Largo Ghiringhelli 1, Piazza della Scala
What is it? This world famous opera house rests on the site of the Church of Santa Maria alla Scala, its namesake. The Museum provides a wealth of mementos from the opera house dedicated to the nation's beloved composers and performers. These include Rossini, Puccini and Toscanini. Two halls are devoted to Verdi alone and contain memorabilia such as the spinet on which he learnt to play, hand-written scores and the baton given to him after the momentous reception of Aida. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm Phone:(02) 8879 2473



Milan holidays - Top Events


1. Antiques Market

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What is it? The Naviglio Grande is the oldest canal in Milan, built in the 12th century, the stretch between the Darsena of Porta Ticinese and the bridge of Via Valenza being particularly drenched in olde worlde charm. Along the canal banks in this section about 400 vendors gather on the last Sunday of every month to set up stalls selling a fascinating selection of furniture, clocks, porcelain, silver, jewellery, dolls, books and numerous collector's items from comics to walking sticks. On market day the adjacent shops, bars and art studios all remain open, adding to the pleasure of browsing. Where is it? On the banks of the Naviglio Grande between Viale Gorizia and Via Valenza



2. Milan Fashion Weeks

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What is it? Milan has a well-deserved reputation for being the haute couture fashion centre of Europe, and a stroll around the downtown 'fashion block' bounded by Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia will have fashion fundis drooling over the collections of Italian and international designers concentrated here. The top designers' Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer collections are showcased on the catwalk during Milan's famed Fashion Weeks, when the big names of fashion come to town. Celebrity spotting is a favourite occupation during the week, but the fashion shows themselves are reserved for invitation only. There are many peripheral events in which visitors can be involved during the week, when the entire city celebrates fashion in high style. Where is it? Fiera Milano Exhibition Centre



3. Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Fair

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To 2006-12-08

What is it? The Milanese love Christmas, and start the festivities early on the feast day of the city's patron saint, Saint Ambrose, with the fair known as Oh Bej! Oh Bej! literally meaning 'So beautiful! So beautiful!'. The fair takes the form of a street market arranged around the Saint's Basilica, offering everything from antique stalls and buskers to roast chestnuts and candy floss. The fair provides an excellent opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, and is particularly enjoyed by children. The Saint's day also coincides with the opening of the season of the world famous Milan La Scala Opera. Contact the Milan Tourist Information Office for more information on +39 (0)2 725 24 301 or email [email protected] Where is it? Around the Basilica di San Ambrogio



4. Italian F1 Grand Prix

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What is it? Monza is one of the first tracks ever built, but for more than sentimental reasons it remains one of the highlights on the Formula One calender as it is also the fastest. The track is 10 miles (16km) north east of Milan. Where is it? Monza




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