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Fashion and design reign supreme in Milan, Italy’s second largest city. Leave your quaint ambitions for Italy behind here — although there are plenty of historical sights to visit, you’re picking up the pace in the thriving metropolis, which is also home to Italy’s stock exchange and plenty of upscale restaurants and shopping to accommodate its well-heeled residents and visitors.

Cheat Sheet

Sleep in luxury when you book a Mosaic Room overlooking Piazza della Repubblica at Hotel Principe di Savoia — Make your way through all the frozen treats at La Bottega del Gelato, blow your mind with the avant-garde cocktails at Nottingham Forest, one of the world’s best bars — Indulge in haute cuisine at Cracc, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, and Mudec Enrico Bartolini — Explore iconic Gothic cathedral Il Duomo di Milano — Don’t miss your chance to see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

What to do in Milan

From shopping and dining to sightseeing, there’s no shortage of things to do in Milan. Some of the city’s top sights include the city’s iconic Gothic cathedral Il Duomo di Milano, which boasts 135 spires and 3400 statues. They city is also home to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper on view at Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. Opera lovers can put catching a performance at famed opera house Tatro alla Scalla, while fashionistas won’t want to miss shopping around  Quadrilatero d’Oro, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the cobblestone streets of Brera.

What to take to Milan

What you pack for Milan will vary wildly on the time of year you visit, but one thing is for sure — dress to impress. You’ll encounter hot and humid summers and cold winters so pack plenty of extra sun protection for the former and layers and rain-gear for the latter. If you’re not cruising around the city in a private car or taxi, pack comfortable shoes that will get you through this walkable city and standup to sometimes uneven pavement. Always pack something stylish for going out at night… and an extra suitcase for souvenirs.

What to buy in Milan

Milan is the perfect place to re-outfit your wardrobe with clothes, shoes and accessories. Well-known fashion houses are juxtaposed with bespoke artisans in this thriving city, you can also fill your luggage with finds from outlet malls a shot ways away. You also can’t visit Italy without engrossing yourself in its food and coffee culture. Coffee, dried pastas, and other gourmet products are perfect things to bring home.

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