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Unmissable Milan

This irresistible Italian city combines architectural beauty, priceless artworks and colourful culture

Milan is compelling for many reasons. In this ancient city in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, world-leading fashion, magnificent architecture, a rich history and culture, and a collection of some of the world's most exquisite artworks collide to create a destination of unsurpassed beauty and fascination.

By the Middle Ages a city that began life as a Celtic settlement and subsequently became a stronghold of the Roman Empire was already established as a prosperous trade centre; an early indication of the business and financial powerhouse that Milan remains today. But a colourful and often turbulent history has bequeathed a far greater legacy to Milan in the form of outstanding buildings such as its breath-taking cathedral, La Scala opera house and the grandiose Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; an elegant and opulent shopping arcade quite unlike any other.

The sheer wealth of Milan's outstanding architecture is itself sufficient justification to visit, but this is just the beginning of the city's treasures. But amid the city's many excellent museums and galleries, masterpieces by Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Raphael, Modigliano and most every other notable Italian artist you could name demand attention.

Whatever your reason for visiting Milan, it is impossible not to succumb to the city's undeniable beauty, culture and history as every street, piazza, building and park  seems purpose-made to feast the senses and the soul.

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Lake Como All Inclusive

Relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Como on this all inclusive holiday. Discover delightful lakeside towns, cruise across sparkling water and experience the Swiss Alps, travelling on the Bernina Express.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
10 days from £1,345per personView tour details
Lake Como All Inclusive (Fly)

Relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Como on this all-inclusive holiday. Discover delightful lakeside towns, cruise across sparkling Lake Como and experience the Swiss Alps on the Bernina Express.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
8 days from £995per personView tour details
Lake Garda All Inclusive

On this wonderful all inclusive holiday, you have the chance to explore the charming towns and villages surrounding Lake Garda and enjoy excursions to the fabulous cities of Verona and Venice.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
10 days from £1,195per personView tour details
Lake Como & the Bernina Express

A delightful holiday to idyllic Lake Como, based on the shores of its shimmering waters. Cruise to sumptuous Villa Carlotta and Bellagio, journey through the majestic Swiss Alps on the Bernina Express and explore Milan.

7 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
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A selection of Milan's highlights:

No visit to Milan can be considered complete without a visit to the city's stunning 14th century Gothic cathedral; the largest in Europe. Clad in pink marble the cathedral's exterior features thousands of sculptures. Inside, 250 steps climb to the roof from which unparalleled views of Milan can be obtained.

Pinacoteca di Brera
Arguably the greatest of all of Milan's art galleries and housed in a former sixteenth-century convent, the Pinacoteca di Brera is considered of equivalent importance to the Louvre in Paris, and contains masterpieces by, among others, Tintoretto, Rubens, van Dyck, Titian, Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

Santa Maria delle Grazie
Milan's Church of Holy Mary of Grace is home to perhaps the world's most famous painting:The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Booking ahead to view this masterpiece is essential and viewers are limited to a strict fifteen-minute slot, but those who have seen this iconic fifteenth-century painting are unanimous in their agreement that the experience is truly unforgettable.

Sforzesco Castle
Milan's impressive fifteenth-century defensive castle and ducal palace is easily reached by public transport and houses a collection of excellent museums and galleries including the Archaeological Museum of Milan, the Museum of Musical Instruments, and the Applied Arts Collection.

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