Though possibly best known internationally as the capital of Italian design and fashion, Milan is also a city of art, home to masterpieces by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, among many others.
Therefore, being in Milan for tourism, shopping, to visit the Furniture Fair or Fashion Week, is also a good opportunity to visit one of its many museums and art galleries.
In general, most of the city’s cultural venues are located in central Milan and can be easily reached by the public transport network, quite efficient for an Italian city.
Local cuisine is typically north-Italian and famous for dishes such as the Risotto alla Milanese, the Milanese veal cutlet (cotoletta), and the Ossobuco with rice, also very popular is the aperitivo, a pre-dinner drink usually served with abundant complimentary finger food.
Milan is the city with the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy; one of them, the 3-star Ristorante Enrico Bartolini, is located inside the MUDEC Museum of Cultures.
If you are planning traveling to Milan, please consider that its climate is not that of a typically Mediterranean city, winter’s weather is often wet, foggy and gloomy, and summers are frequently torrid and humid; usually, the capital of Lombardy is at its best from early spring to mid-autumn.
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