Milan is the main industrial, commercial, and financial center of Italy and a leading global city. Its business district hosts the Borsa Italiana (Italy’s main stock exchange) and the headquarters of the largest national banks and companies. The city is a major world fashion and design capital.
Milan’s museums, theaters and landmarks (including the Milan Cathedral, the Duomo, the fifth largest cathedral in the world)
Milan, the Cathedral (Duomo)
and the Basilica of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, decorated with the famous Leonardo da Vinci’ painting, the Last Supper, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) attract over 8 million annual visitors.
Milan hosts numerous cultural institutions and universities and is also well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world.
But Milan has much more to offer: great international restaurants, galleries, exhibits, shows, concerts, world class entertainment, opera at the famous theater La Scala, and the Basilica of San Lorenzo, built on the site of an ancient Roman temple.
Milan, the Basilica of San Lorenzo
Here are recommendation for a visit that includes elements beyond the “classical” touristy itineraries.
The big thing going on in Milan right now is Expo 2015. From May to October 2015 Milan is hosting for the second time an Universal Exposition, the Expo 2015, whose theme is food sustainability. If you go, make sure not to miss the Expo and buy tickets in advance.
There are interesting ongoing exhibits at the Prada foundation.
Not to miss: Bar Luce inside the foundation. Designed by film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè.
Fondazione Prada – Bar Luce (Courtesy of The Prada Foundation)
Worth seeing: a large farmer’s market under the stars: Mercato Metropolitano.
Not to miss: the Darsena, the area of ancient canals & port crossing Milan (designed by Leonardo da Vinci & recently restored) which used to connect Milan to the Ocean through a network of rivers and canals. Now you can stroll past art galleries, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and more.
Nearby you can eat a delicious meal at an old and traditional Milanese restaurant: El Brellin restaurant.
If you prefer to eat Vegan, try restaurant Alhambra.
Visit the interesting Italian photography exhibit at Palazzo della Ragione.
For a quick bite to eat while shopping downtown, go to Mercato del Duomo or grab a seat at another interesting & swanky restaurant: Asola.
Lastly, you can get free admission to Expo Milano 2015 when you purchase on your overseas air ticket on www.alitalia.com. Check all the Alitalia promotions to Milan!
If you go in the coming months you will find the city of Milan more alive and vibrant than ever!