Located in the Lombardy region, Milan is the second largest city in Italy. It is also considered to be one of the most important fashion capitals in the world. During the 20th century, Milan developed as a centre for fashion, becoming one of the top cities for fashion by the 1980s.
With the reasonable cost of airline tickets, the journey to Milan does not have to be expensive. Flights depart to Milan from most major cities, with tickets available from as little as £30.00, although this will depend on where the flight departs from and the time of year. It is also possible to get there by train, taking the Eurostar from London followed by the TGV from Paris.
Where to stay
The most central area of Milan is the Duomo district. The are several hotels here, which are within easy reach of the station and the main shopping area. The Brera district is located just north of the Duomo district, and is an area well known for its boutiques, art galleries and bars. Some may prefer to stay near Parco Sempione, the largest green space in Milan, or by Navigli, the canal district.
Things to do
Anyone who is interested in fashion won’t want to miss visiting Via Monte Napoleone while in Milan. Many of the leading names in fashion have stores here, such as Gucci, Louis Vitton and Versace. Often thought of as the most glamorous street in Milan, the area is popular for window shopping. It is also a good spot to stop for a drink, with nice cafés and pastry shops found here. A directory of the shops in the area can be found at www.viamontenapoleone.org. Near to Via Monte Napoleone, there are several other streets with designer boutiques and stores. Via Andrea, Via della Spiga, Via Borgospesso and Via Gesú are known as the ‘Quadrangle of fashion’.
Twice a year, Milan hosts the Milan Fashion Week 2013 event. The first event of the year is usually in February or March, with the second event being in September or October. The aim of the event is to promote Italian fashion designers, with a program of runway shows revealing the latest designs. Further information on the latest collections can be found at milanfashionweek.com.
Although well known for being a fashion centre, there are many other attractions in Milan. It is possible to visit the Milan Duomo, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. As well as looking around inside the cathedral, visitors can also take a lift up to the roof for a view of the city.
La Scala Museum would be of interest to anyone who enjoys opera or ballet. There are exhibits including costumes worn by Maria Callas and Rudolf Nureyev, as well as historic instruments. Information on the current performances at La Scala are detailed on the website, www.teatroallascala.org
For a break from the busy city streets, visitors can take a walk around one of the city parks or a boat trip along one of the canals. A trip to Milan is definitely a must for any lovers of fashion, but the city also has plenty of other attractions to offer.