Italy is awash with numerous metropolitan cities that are must sees but which ones are on the top of your list? Of course with so many world famous sites it’s easy to pick cities like Rome or Naples, but what about fashion capital Milan? Milan is known for being the main site of some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses such as Armani, Bottega, Miu Miu, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana and plays host twice yearly to spring and autumn fashion shows during which time the city explodes into life with celebrities, models and paparazzi all descending on the city to lay their eyes on the next hottest thing from each of the fashion houses at their various shows. Do yourself a favour – add Milan to your must see list. You won’t regret it.
Getting In And Around
Milan is serviced by two international airports – Linate and Malpensa. Both are serviced by buses and taxis to get into the centre but you’re in Milan! Treat yourself and book a private car to pick you up and take you to your hotel and even around to the most popular sites to see around the city. Not only is it a hassle free, surprisingly affordable treat for yourself, but you will be wondering why you didn’t do this sooner! Live life like one of the major fashion models and get treated like royalty from the moment you step out of the plane. You never know – you might end up rubbing elbows with some of your favourite fashion houses along the way!
Milan – A City
Admittedly when it comes to things to see and do in Milan it may seem like it pales in comparison to other Italian cities such as Rome, Verona or Venice. Milan stands separate from these other cities due to a number of reasons: much of it was destroyed in the second world war, and it does have a more ‘rush rush’ work feel to it. It is after all, a working city with many of its inhabitants rushing off to and fro, drinking their coffees quickly at the bar of the cafe before rushing off again. The tourists in Milan are far more laid back than the residents, but don’t let that put you off. With the huge number of impressive museums, monuments, piazzas, theatres, opera houses, ristorantes and more there is more than enough to attract a visitor to this impressive cosmopolitan city.
Get Your Fashion On
If you’re remotely a fan of fashion or even just like to keep abreast of goings on in the fashion scene, be sure to hit up Milan around fashion seasons of spring and autumn when the major houses showcase their upcoming lines in a number of spectacular shows. Be sure to get tickets in advance if you’re hoping to attend, and even then sometimes it’s by special invite only. In truth, Milan is the perfect place for students of fashion to be in fashion season regardless of whether you can get a seat at a show or not.
So there you have a couple of great reasons Milan should be on your “to visit” list. With so much happening in this cosmopolitan city, it’s easy to see why it remains a favourite amongst travellers to come and check out the hustle and bustle of more corporate Italian life alongside centuries old traditions and shopping opportunities.