Traveling to Milan can be quite a unique experience, as this city is like no other in Europe, and maybe throughout the world.
Within Italy Milan is the second largest city, but as far as wealth is concerned it is number one and Milan is considered the capital of international fashion.
People that know Italy and its cities well say that Milan is a mix of cultural Rome and romantic Venice, but it is not tourism that makes Milan rich.
Many important companies have their headquarters in the fashion city and the country's stock exchange is also housed in Milan. Because tourism is not the most important source of income most tourists feel less pressured to spend money and there is a more laidback atmosphere for those who do visit.
Among the best tourist attractions in Milan are the La Scala Opera House, the city's Cathedral, and the famous wall painting "The Last Supper" signed by Leonardo da Vinci that covers an entire wall inside the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery. Also, you should see the Castello Sforzesco.
Given Milan is the capital of fashion, you also should check out the brand designers' stores that include many prominent brands such as Versace, Prada, Armani, Gucci, or Dolce and Gabbana.
You should not let yourself get taken aback by the expensive prices that come attached to many of these fashionable creations, however, because of Milan's experience in fashion and design there are still great perks to enjoy that are more budget friendly. For instance, if you cannot afford a brand new bag or scarf, you can walk to the Golden Square and take your pick on the bargain deals for last year's models as well as second hand items that are still in fashion. Additionally, there are many other new designers that try to strike it big in Milan and their creative pieces do not come at the same prohibitive prices as the items from big name houses of fashion.
Milan is more than just fashionable shopping, it is also a great place to relax. Navigli is the place to be and chilling in one of the many cafes spread throughout the Canal side is a great way to enjoy the scenery while sipping a cup of exquisite beverage.
Making food and eating it are as important as the great arts in Italy. Do not be surprised to see Italians spend their evening in restaurants enjoying some of the most palatable meals served in the entire universe. Milan is reputed for its seafood and for its ice-cream, so be sure to try a little bit of everything.
If you want to travel to Milan when the place is not that overcrowded, August is the best month to book your flight ticket. Still, be aware that this month can be particularly hot, which is why most travelers prefer other times of the year to come here.
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