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Country rank: 3 out of 8 Places To Visit In Italy

Sub-Region: Lombardy


Ideal duration: 3 days

Best time: April to May or Late September to October (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Milan (Check Flights)


"The moral capital of Italy "

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A leading global city and the capital of the Lombardy region, Milan is best known for its fashion.

Milan is one of the most important cities of Europe. It is best known for its fashion, art, culture and tourism. It is the first most populous city of Italy. It also hosts the Italian stock exchange. Milan's theatres, museums and landmarks make it a popular tourist destination and has a high number of accredition from the Michelin guide and is home to major football clubs including AC MIlan and FC Internazionale.

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Milanese nightlife is fun what with their happy hours starting from 17:00 in the evening. Dance clubs include the Rolling Stone, Milan's most famous club - a dance club in the weekends and live rock during the week.Other clubs include Caf_ Atlantique, Gasoline and Just Cavalli Hollywood which is the glitziest club in Milan.

Milan is known for its fashion so people can have their pick here. But prices soar and not everyone is willing to cut an arm and leg off for a dress. Some high end stores include - Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni (Armani superstore), Via Sant'Andrea, Via Montenapoleone, Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele II. The Gallerie is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and the flagship store of Prada. Il Salvagente, Dmagazine Outlet and Basement are more pocket friendly destinations. Basement is mostly for women's wear as is Dmagazine. Il Salvagante or Lifesaver is best for both men and women's fashion wear.

Italy, a member of the European Union, adopted the Euro in 2002. Some businesses accept the dollar but it is not widely accepted.

Using the ATM/Debit card is the best way to get a cheap exchange rate. Plastic money is acceptable all over Italy and getting cash exchanged is becoming harder.

Strict budgeting will bring down daily costs to around EUR 50 - 60.

Orthodox Roman Catholicism is the main religion of Venice. Other major religions are - Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Protestant Christinaity

Milan has no unique local customs that need to be observed

The official language is Italian and it is best to have some rudimentary language skills if one is to interact with people there. Some people also speak local northern dialects like milanese.

Celtic Insubres settled around Milan in 400 BC. The Romans renamed it Mediolanum in 222 BC. The name Milan comes from the Latin word Mediolanum. Milan later went on to be one of the leading cities of Italian Renaissance. Milan commercially dominated Northern Italy after being the political unification of Italy. In 1919 Mussolini's blackshirts rallied here for the first time. In the 21st century Milan has emerged from a tumultous history to again become one of the most important centres of finance and fashion in the world.

Milenese cuisine is rich, meat dominated and reflects the bourgeois luxurious preferences of the upper class. The dishes one must try in Milan are - Risotto alla Milanese(try it at Ratana) , Cotoletta alla Milanese (veal cutlet), Cannoncino (pastry).

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