From the enchanted rooftop world of the Duomo, you can see the graceful porticoes and ornate friezes of medieval Milan fade into the sharp lines and angles of the modern city. It’s a clear reminder that Milan isn’t just a relic from the past. It’s a bustling, forward-looking city whose fashion sense and robust economy drive northern Italy – if not the entire country. Often called the least Italian of the country’s cities, Milan doesn’t draw the tourists that tend to overrun Rome, Florence and Venice. But once you’ve strolled its narrow downtown streets and visited its spacious suburban parks, we think you’ll find its blend of old and new quite appealing. Yes, it’s a big-business city, with hundreds of banks and corporate offices. But it also has plenty of attractions – including its many-spired cathedral, a world-renowned opera house, the Galeria Vittorio Emanuele II (a soaring filigree structure of steel and glass that was the first indoor mall), and dozens of smart designer boutiques – to keep you busy for a few days, if not a full week.
Getting to Italy
Restaurants in Italy
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