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This is the home of fashion, rivalling Paris, London or New York for its importance in the style stakes. However, there is much more to see...
Reachable from three airports - Malpensa (MXP), Linate (LIN) and Bergamo (BGO) - this stylish city features many stunning buildings, including the Duomo, a Gothic cathedral where you can see da Vinci's Last Supper, the Italian stock exchange, La Scala opera house and Castello Sforzesco.
If you're a football fan, head to the San Siro Stadium, home to both AC Milan and Inter Milan, or simply enjoy the huge range of bars and restaurants along the Nagili Canal or in the upmarket district of Isola.
Milan's beautiful church, the Santa Maria della Grazie, houses 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci and you can explore the cathedral or Duomo and scale the staircase to walk on its huge roof. The Pinacoteca di Brera houses a wonderful art collection and you can shop in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with its famous glass roof and elegant shops before heading off for an evening rendez-vous at La Scala for world-class opera.
Situated at the centre of major traffic routes from all corners of Italy, Milan is one of the country's most prosperous cities and considered to be its main financial centre. It is a city with a rich history, having first been settled by the Gauls in around 600 BC and has a significant number of museums, galleries, libraries and theatres - more than enough to keep even the most demanding cultural traveller more than happy.
If you book Milan car hire, you can also get out of the city and visit the many nearby lakes and, of course, the Alps...
Think Lake Garda, Como and Maggiore as starting points, or take a drive through the majestic beauty of the Alps and the many mountain villages and resorts. Turin is a short drive away and you could even go further afield and drive across northern Italy to visit Verona and even Venice.
The extensive road network that stretches out from Milan makes it the ideal location from which to explore the rest of Italy as well as other parts of Europe, with both France and Switzerland only a few hours drive away. If you plan to spend most of your time in Milan itself, Linate airport is only six miles to the east while Malpensa is around 30 miles to the north west. Bergamo is around 30 miles to the east but is the most convenient airport if you wish to visit Lake Garda.