Many visit Milan to admire its magnificent Gothic cathedral, gaze at Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper, or for a night of opera at La Scala. But Italy's most cosmopolitan city takes pride in its modern attitude, flourishing design scene and excellent sense of style.
1/4No trip to Milan would be complete without visiting the Colonne di San Lorenzo Roman ruinPhoto: Alamy/Argusphoto
2/4Shop till you drop in Milan's luxurious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele IIPhoto: Getty Images
3/4La Scala will forever be associated with Verdi. Book your tickets in advance to hear his work in this iconic opera housePhoto: Getty Images
We've chosen the must-see highlights of this fantastic city.
Fioraio Bianchi Caffè
Exotic flowers and seasonal blooms are part of the ever-changing décor in this converted florist shop. Whether it's for a lovely lunch or a leisurely aperitivo, diners will be sure to appreciate the artful take on modern Italian cuisine.
The loud red exterior will demand your attention before you even step inside. White leather sofas and 1970s-style chandeliers give this joint a retro vibe. Grab a cocktail, join the hotel-style buffet and rub shoulders with the trendy regulars.
The city's unpredictable weather makes this eight-level department store a good alternative for picking up high-end labels. Scope out the slick designs in the basement; the top floor also boasts a well-stocked market, sushi bar and excellent views of the Duomo.
"Beautiful things don't have an end," says Claudia Jesi, owner of this stylish vintage clothing shop in the picturesque Brera district. This colourful store is a source of reinvigorated clothes, handbags and accessories from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Enjoy excellent espresso brewed at the wood-panelled bar of this pasticceria established in 1824. With so much time to perfect their craft, don't forget the pastries and the artisanal, hand-made chocolates to complement the expertly-brewed coffee.
Owner Maurizio Stochetto says he "literally grew up in this bar" where his father concocted the signature cocktail Negroni Sbagliato. Instead of finishing off the drink with gin, sparkling wine is used in this accidental invention.