Milan Travel Guide
Milan, Milano in Italian, is arguably the design and fashion capital of the world, at once stylish and urbane. It has elegant model-lookalikes in cap-toe shoes and stiletto heels, as if straight out of Vogue, seemingly around every other corner. It has fashion houses and luxury shops by the score, together with fancy cafés, high-priced gourmet and Italian restaurants, boutique hotels, world-class museums and galleries, and a profusion of theaters and opera venues packed with well-heeled patrons. And if you need proof of Milan’s prosperity and fashion-centricity, just pop over to the Quadrilatero d’Oro – literally translated, “rectangle of gold,” with the pedestrians-only Via Della Spiga on one side of it, and the posh Via Monte Napoleone, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Manzione along the other three respectively – and you’ll be left with little doubt about the city’s snob appeal. For here, at this quadrangle and along these streets, you’ll find all the pricey name brands and designer labels under the sun, right alongside exquisite jewelry and watches, fine furs and leathers, and literally a full spectrum of luxury goods. And if that’s not enough, Milan has Italy’s most prestigious universities and media houses – think Silvio Berlusconi's media empire – and among the most impressive, centuries-old palaces and churches. Ultimately, Milan is like that debonair gentleman in a finely-crafted suit – pure style!
Milan is situated below the Alps in the country's northwest region of Lombardy, where the high plains rise steeply into alpine terrain.
Panettone was invented in Milan.
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