Sitting at the forefront of international fashion, Milan’s sophisticated glitzy facade has afforded it a reputation for superficiality and excessive consumerism. It is indeed rife with wealthy fashionistas carrying ridiculously small dogs in designer handbags frequenting the slew of boutiques run by Gucci, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. However, beneath its apparent pretentious exterior, hides a treasure trove of historical and architectural delights: From its glorious Gothic churches, Baroque mansions and Art Nouveau palazzos to the striking, modern skyscrapers of the Porta Nuova financial district. Must-see sites include the the spectacular Duomo cathedral, the glass-vaulted Galleria, and of course La Scala, one of the world’s most famous opera houses. Milan caters for a broad range of interests. Those in search of some glorious designer retail therapy will be well sated, but so too will those looking for fascinating historical sites and remarkable architectural marvels. Milan has a little bit of everything for everyone.

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