A trip to Milan will immerse you in the very heart of Italian elegance, its legendary verve and natural flair for aesthetic refinement. As the economic capital of the trans-alpine peninsula, Milan has a decidedly modern feel while still remaining true to its wonderful Lombard roots, resplendent with architectural gems.
Strolling through the streets of Milan, with its pleasant climate, visitors are sure to stumble upon the majestic cathedral, the Duomo. The word majesty, in the face of such a building, is an understatement since the architectural splendor and eternal whiteness of its gigantic facade make it one of the most striking buildings in Italy. As at the "Duomo", as the Milanese people call it, a typical Italian ambiance pervades the city, an ambiance of sophistication, sensuality and exuberance.
An afternoon in the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is bound to win over even the most skeptical about the attractions of the metropolis. Similar to the Galleria Umberto I in Naples, Milan's shopping arcade provides the thrilling sensation of being completely surrounded by elegance and style. The symmetry of its aisles and the brightness bouncing off its gigantic ceiling windows are enough to make your head spin. You'll want to lose yourself completely amid this old-fashioned luxury, to truly appreciate all its splendor.
It's only when you walk into the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie that you experience the true elegance that characterizes Milan. It is indeed within these four walls, relatively unfamiliar symbols of the Catholic religion, that the masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, the mysterious painting of The Last Supper can be found. The only work of this Italian genius that is still visible on the wall to this day, the painting has a beauty that exudes a mystical force, an artistic strength that's as rare as it's immortal.
After this cultural adventure, re-energize yourself with an aperitivo - such a key part of Milanese life - giving you the chance to sample some fine local produce, accompanied by a glass of Prosecco or Chianti.