The city on the Lombardy plains is beautiful, dynamic and very well dressed. It's a financial centre, a city of the arts, a sporting town and a world-famous fashion capital. Like other cities in Italy - Rome, Florence, Venice - one almost falls over the art works, the churches, museums and statues.
The spiky-spired, statue-laden cathedral (Duomo) occupies a central position in Milan - the streets fan out from there. No less impressive - a different type of church perhaps - is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This enormous shopping mall is home to the likes of Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton.
The fashion district takes in Via Montenapoleone, Via Sant'Andrea, Via della Spiga and Via Manzoni - all high-end. Milan is where several designers started out including Armani, Missoni, Valentino, Versace and Prada.
The other Milanese passion is football. Milan is home to two football teams - Inter FC and AC Milan. The San Siro is one of the temples of football.
With three airports in the vicinity - Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio Airport near Bergamo - searching for cheap flights to Milan is no hard task.
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