The global capital of fashion and design, Milan is a vibrant city nestled in Italy’s northern Lombardy region. This city of food is also a financial and economic hub and is known for its high-end shopping and restaurants. A stunning city, Bergamo is situated 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Milan and has a fascinating combination of rich mediaeval, renaissance and classic architecture.
Top things to see and do in Milan
- Discover the iconic 600-year-old symbol of Milan, The Gothic Duomo di Milano Cathedral, and learn about the cathedral’s role in the spiritual and cultural evolution of the city. Check out the 14th century Palazzo Regale’s-stained glass, tapestries and sculptures and admire the panoramic view of the city from the Duomo Terraces.
- Visit the Upper Town of Bergamo, encircled by Venetian walls, exquisitely maintained, and has wonderful mediaeval structures and charming stoned streets. Wander around the Bergamo Cathedral and see the statue of Alexander of Bergamo.
- Explore the 15th-century castle, Castello Sforzesco, set in extensive grounds and gardens. Be amazed by the size of the castle and the large guard towers. Visit the museum, admire the collection of interesting artefacts, and learn about the castles and Milan’s history.
- Discover Museo Donizettiano Museum and be astounded by the lovely paintings, spectacular frescoes, and serene courtyards inside the museum. Check out the legendary Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s life works and collections that are honoured in this museum.
- Visit one of the world’s most important museums, Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, and find collections and works of the legendary man. A true visionary, inventor, scholar and artist, Leonardo da Vinci presented scientific inventions and pieces of breakthrough technology that changed the world.
Try Milan’s signature dish, Risotto Alla Milanese, a creamy, delicious rice dish spiced with saffron. Enjoy Barbajada, a drink made with whipped chocolate, coffee, and milk after the meal or during teatime.
Tips for travellers
Enjoy a lovely spa surrounded by Roman ruins in the middle of one of Milan’s busiest intersections at QC Termemilano. Housed in a former tram depot, visit the garden area or the underground lair and find several saunas, stone rooms featuring warm and cold baths, a jacuzzi waterfall and elegant tea rooms.