The creative capital of Europe, Milan is forever open to zany, often genius, ideas. Think of the opera openings at La Scala, Milan Fashion Week, the International Furniture Fair, and the city's happy hours which last not one, but four alcohol-fueled hours. The city of decadence caters to anyone with imagination and taste—those in search of fusion restaurants, dance-until-dawn clubs, or fashion runways full of famous models and designers. The city is also ideal for taking strolls through its myriad parks while licking gelato and watching the city's gorgeous residents pass by. And let's not forget Milan's cultural offerings. In this historic city, you'll find treasures which escaped the bombs of the Second World War, such as the city's stunning cathedral, Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper and Castello Sforzesco.
Milan is also famous for calico (football) and home to two of Italy's top teams. Boisterous and enthralled crowded regularly fill San Siro Stadium on Sundays when their home teams are playing. The canal-side cafes of the Navigli and the numerous ice-cream shops known as gelateris are always popular with visitors and locals alike.
For historical sites, the center of Milan is where you'll find all the action. La Scala, Santa Maria presso San Satiro, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, The Duomo, and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana are all in the city core. Nearby are the accompanying hotels, cafes and numerous restaurants to take in after all the sightseeing. To the city's north is Quadrilatero d'Oro, the home of fashionistas, where the streets are full of designer window showcases. The cobblestone streets of Brera northwest of the city offer an artsy bohemian alternative with their sidewalk cafes and a taste of Italy's old-world charm.
As for nightlife, countless bars and clubs abound. Some notable ones include Atomic Bar, a popular hangout for the 20s and 30s crowd, complete with vintage sofas, walls covered with psychedelic swirls, glitter, and the dancing grooves of sixties and seventies music on Sundays. ‘Drama Queen’ Fridays are also fun, gay-friendly, and full of colorful sights sure to amaze. Also worth checking out is the G-Lounge, a laid back, cozy Moroccan lounge with velvety sofas and mood lighting, serving caipirinhias, a fully-loaded Brazilian drink made of sugar cane alcohol, lime and sugar. Bar Magent, popular with students, serves excellent sandwiches, snacks, beer and espresso.
Since locals take their holidays in August when it’s hottest, it’s best to visit Milan in the off-season (spring and fall) since many places close down during the entire month of August.