Italy's finance metropolis Milan has developed into one of the world's most exciting cities for contemporary art, design and fashion.
Milan is simply a shopper's paradise and it's possible to find everything from luxury labels to funky local designers just a short trip from most Milan hotels. For exclusive names such as Gucci, Prada and Armani, head from your hotel in Milan to the Quadrilatero d'Oro (Golden Rectangle) area. The Corso Buenos Aires is lined with hundreds of more modestly-priced boutiques.
Milan is more than fashion though – the northern Italian city also sells some of the sexiest, most stylish furniture and homewares on the planet. If you are shopped out, visit the Triennale di Milano Design Museum for an insight into contemporary Italian design.
A stay in Milan wouldn't be complete without visiting its famous Duomo. Covered with thousands of delicately carved statues and reliefs, the ornately decorated cathedral is an extraordinary example of Italian Gothic architecture.
Milan is also home to two of the country's top soccer teams, AC Milan and Inter. For sport's fans, not much beats watching a game of calcio (soccer) at the San Siro stadium. Ask at your Milan hotel for more more information.