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Your wardrobe is beginning to resemble the land time forgot, and you can’t remember when you last bought a shirt. Quick! Before your friends and family sign you up for What Not to Wear, scoot off to Milan, the fashion capital of the world. Where is Milan, exactly? It’s in the north of Italy, where style is a birthright. Let lastminute.com.au get you started on your sartorial journey with flights to Milan and smart Milan accommodation.
Time is money in Milan, a town where all that glitters is most likely gold. From the statue of the Virgin Mary atop the famous Duomo to the jewellery in shop windows along Via Monte Napoleone, Milan has a long-standing love of glitz. Visit the tile mosaics and glass dome roof of the sparkling shopping arcade, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Get blinged out by Italy’s most important designers in the fashion district Quadrilatero della moda. Some of the ritziest hotels in Milan are also in this quarter, so really live it up and stay in “Fashion Square.”
Eke out an hour or two for prime people-watching. It’s a Milanese pastime the eye-catching locals were made for—you’ll be lapping up fashion eye candy at every turn. Indulge the taste buds and stop into a gourmet deli. Treat yo’ self to a serious bottle of red from the cellar at Peck and grab swanky picnic supplies from the impeccable meat, cheese, pasta and dessert displays. Take your pick of beautiful parks and have the best lunch of your life.
Refill your spiritual coffers at the Duomo. It’s the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and a truly religious experience. Walk the roof for the best views of the city, and feel history come alive beneath your feet. Continue raking in the beauty at La Scala, an 18th-century opera house known for its opulence. Sforza Castle offers sprawling public grounds perfect for an afternoon riposo (nap). Wake up, refresh at whichever of the swanky Milan hotels you’re calling home, and don your new fine duds while sipping and snacking on apertivi. The party starts at 11 p.m. and continues until dawn at the clubs in the romantic, canal-lined Navigli district, so get ready to break in those dancing shoes!
Four airports serve Milan, but your best bet for international flights is Milano-Malpensa (MXP). Your fashion mission can begin at one of the many fine airport stores as soon as you land. You’ve got a range of options to reach your accommodation in Milan: train, coach, taxi or car hire with a personal driver. If you’re rolling in from accommodation in Italy or other parts of Europe, you’re in luck. As a key hub for southern Europe’s trains, it houses five major stations. You’ll practically be hand delivered to your new life of style.
Within the city, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) runs the public trams, buses and underground lines. ATM also offers the on-call mini Radiobus, GuidaMi car sharing and BikeMi bike sharing. With so many ways to get around, you’ll hardly put a scuff on your shiny new shoes.
On Milan holidays, the sky is the limit. Pile on the style, take in the art, savour the cuisine and rest happy knowing you’ve achieved your best self. Thanks to lastminute.com.au, you’ve never looked or felt better. You’re welcome.