When Giovanni D'Anzi wrote 'O mia bela Madonina' to celebrate the vitality of his home city, he was no doubt thinking of its gothic heart: the cathedral. It is from here that the city's main streets branch off, so this is a good starting point for first-time visitors.
But to discover the city's hidden treasures, you need to get lost. Take a stroll through the old bohemian district of Brera, visit the Accademia and the antiquarian stores, and enjoy a cocktail in the historic Bar Jamaica. Or, for a more literary experience, head for Corso di Porta Ticinese and read the poems on the walls and gates.
Trendsetting since the 16th century, when it was already a centre of luxury, Milan retains its passion for bespoke craftsmanship and cutting-edge design. You can't really say you've experienced Italy's capital of finance, design and fashion until you have wandered through the Tortona Zone during the Fuorisalone, or visited Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga to admire the windows of the most renowned fashion houses.
Stay with us, and we'll help you to guide you through the many faces of Milan.