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.