Destination Milano – Gateway to Italy

Destination Milano - Gateway to Italy. Milano is the gateway to Italy and one of the most important business centers of the world. As the second largest city in Italy after Rome, Milan with its population of 5 million is a hub of Italian culture, music, media and sports. It is renowned for its historical attractions, architecture, fashion, food and lifestyle.

Milano Piazza Duomo

Situated in the centre of Milan is one of the most iconic and recognisable buildings of the city and indeed Europe, its gothic Cathedral simply known as, Il Duomo. The Duomo of Milan, is a masterpiece of gothic architecture, a decorative mish mash of styles, partly due to the fact that it was started in the 14th Century and not finished until the facade was completed in the 18th Century. Il Duomo features over 135 stone pinnacles on its rooftop. Visitors who climb to the top are rewarded with spectacular views of the city and beyond to the snow capped Alps. Milano also has a wealth of ancient churches, museums and art exhibitions as well as a world renowned opera house 'La Scala' where great performances take place on a regular basis.

Many famous artists worked in Milano such as Michelangelo, Bramante and especially Leonardo da Vinci who lived in Milano for extensive periods as the guest of Duke Ludovico Sforza. In Milano you can see Leonardo's famous fresco 'The Last Supper' in the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie with its six sided dome designed by Bramante. You can also see Leonardo's famous Codex Atlanticus with sketches of war machines, diving suits, aircraft and agrarian machines housed in the beautiful Biblioteca Ambrosiana an artistic centre since the early 17th century.

Davinci Last Supper Codex Atlanticus Santa Maria della Grazie

Milano is the style capital of Italy and one of the world's great fashion destinations. The city's beautiful tree lined boulevards are home to famous Italian and International fashion designers such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Valentino who display their amazing designs and accessories in stunning window displays. Milan Fashion Week is held every year in September and attracts all the important designers and buyers from around the world. Milano is also noted for its design and the 'Salone Internazionale del Mobile' an annual world renowned furniture and furnishings design exhibition is held every year in April.

The idea of the Aperitivo, enjoying a bitter drink with snacks, took off in Milan in the 1920s and became a significant cultural aspect for locals and anyone visiting the city. Aperitivo, which simply translates as 'to open', a drink that opens and stimulates your appetite before going to enjoy your evening meal. In all the city's bars, expert barmen compete in developing unique cocktails for their guests. None more famous than Bar Basso which opened in 1947 and is famous for its signature drink Negroni Sbagliato. The drink was invented by the bars' owner Mirko Stocchetto who accidentally substituted gin for prosecco in a Negroni cocktail. The idea of getting together in the evening for a drink before dinner is a Milanese custom, a ritual and a must do experience at one of the many traditional and funky new bars when visiting the city.

As well as organsing private tours and private itineraries to Milan, Vita Italian Tours visit Milan on their boutique small group tour of 'The Northern Lakes and Dolomites'. The tour begins in Milano for a two night stay every year in June and travellers get to experience some of the most significant sights of the city as well as the ritual of the Aperitivo. The 11 day tour begins in Milan and also includes some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe with stays on Lake Como, Lake Garda and the spectacular Dolomites Mountain range.


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