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Things to do in Milan

Dress up for a night at the opera

La Scala (tel: +39 02 88 79 1; is one of the world’s principal opera houses. Its performances are eagerly anticipated and a major event on the Milan social calendar. The venue’s looming red and gilt boxes are so sought after they are considered a highlight of the opera’s behind-the-scenes tour. Book early.

Get the best views of the city from the cathedral roof

Grandly gothic, Milan Cathedral (tel: +39 02 7202 2656; is perhaps the most striking of all of the city's religious buildings. Constructed using light-pink Candoglia marble, the Duomo's most famous features are its pointed roof top pinnacles. Those with a head for heights can walk among them.

See a game at the San Siro stadium

Inter Milan and A.C. Milan, two giants of European football, call the San Siro stadium (tel: +39 02 4879 8201; home. Tours explore the changing rooms and visitors can walk through the tunnel, and although the museum offers an insight into the rich history of these clubs, nothing beats the atmosphere of a game.

Take a seat at The Last Supper

As a destination, Basilica di Santa Maria (tel: +39 02 467 6111; is a triple threat. Leonardo Di Vinci’s The Last Supper is its biggest draw, but visitors shouldn’t miss Codex Atlanticus, a collection of 1700 drawings by the artist. Both are housed in a splendid UNESCO-listed building with exceptional Bramante dome.

Walk the Via Ferrata routes in the Dolomites

A natural playground for hikers and bikers in the summer (and skiers and boarders in the winter), the Dolomites are three hours from Milan by car. Here, limestone peaks rise above green valleys and glacial lakes. Adventurers should try the Via Ferrata trails equipped with ladders, bridges and iron ropes.

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Featured Hotels


Hotel Principe Di Savoia

David Beckham, Ben Affleck and Sophia Loren are among the celebrities to have graced this top-notch luxury hotel. With all the hustle and bustle of a large hotel, but the attentive service of a boutique, the swimming pool, spa and impressive bar make Principe Di Savoia one of Milan’s more fashionable stays.


Like staying inside a contemporary work of art, Straf has 64 individually styled rooms that make the most of texture and colour. This sensual approach extends into its wellbeing rooms, which offer aromatherapy and chromotherapy treatments. The hotel also boasts a small gym and a first-class location just opposite the Duomo.

Hotel Ariston

Only five minutes from the Duomo, this is Milan's first ecological hotel, which offers 52 plain, immaculate but tastefully furnished rooms that are comfortable yet inexpensive. Some come with a Jacuzzi while others offer city views. There's Wi-Fi, and free bicycles are available for guests to use.

Magna Pars Suites

If you want to spend the night as a supermodel might, then these huge stylish suites in a converted perfume factory are just the ticket. Located in the fashionable Forcella district, which is awash with designers in fashion week, this suite-only hotel has every mod con.

TownHouse Galleria

Just a stone's throw from the Duomo, this is Europe's first 7-star hotel. It offers guests an in-room coiffeur and spa service, free Wi-Fi, and a fully stocked minibar that is refurbished daily. They offer a choice of contemporary suites overlook the Galleria. Exclusive and opulent, it gives guests serious bragging rights.

Hotel Lancaster

Located near the calm of Parco Sempione, this simply furnished, art nouveau hotel is a good budget option. The rooms are clean, while staff are friendly and helpful. It is also outside the congestion charge zone, so a good choice if driving. We suggest asking for a room with a balcony for a fantastic view.