- By Kevin
- On Oct 24, 2017
- Travel Tips
Milan guides help you find the Milan city spots and plan your trip to Milan. Capital of Italy’s Lombardy region, Milan is home to more than 5 million residents. While Florence may be known as the cradle of the Renaissance world, the elegant and sophisticated Milan seems to have jumped right into the 21st century and is home to multiple buildings and works of art that reflect everything from 20th century art to art deco.
Lunch with the locals at Luini
You’ll know you’re entering Luini Land when you see the crowds of youngsters crouching on doorsteps on a backstreet beside the Duomo, clutching greasy paper bags. On weekends, the queue snakes right down via Santa Radegonda. Come to this hole-in-the-wall take-away at off-peak moments to try the legendary panzerotti – a fried pastry triangle stuffed with tomato and oozing mozzarella – originally from Puglia, but definitely one of Milan’s most recognisable treats.
Find something precious in the Golden Rectangle
Purveying hot-off-the-catwalk clothes by the likes of Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace, it’s little wonder that Milan’s upscale fashion shopping district is known as the Quadrilatero della Moda – the Rectangle of Gold. The merchandise at most of the area’s shops is most definitely not for those on a budget, though you can always poke your noses into DMagazine Outlet, a discount fashion shop on via Manzoni, or simply enjoy a spot of window shopping, whilst clocking the well-dressed fauna that inhabits these style-conscious streets.
Navigate the Navigli waterways
A network of canals, partly designed by Leonardo da Vinci, once stretched right across Milan, but these days the Navigli are confined to two long waterways – the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Pavese – in the city’s south. A welcome alternative to the slicker style associated with the fashion-obsessed centre, the bohemian canals are lined with pavement cafés, vintage shops and the occasional gallery. A popular antiques market is held on the Naviglio Grande on the last Sunday of every month.
Take a seat at Studio Achille Castiglioni
A hidden gem close to the Castello, the tiny Studio Achille Castiglioni museum was once the studio of legendary Milanese furniture and industrial designer Achille Castiglioni, who died in 2002. Shelves are crowded with gadgets, models and inventions; secret drawers and cupboards reveal some of the inspirations that led to his most ingenious ideas. Ask to see the miniature model of Castiglioni’s iconic Arco lamp for Flos.