Leonardo da Vinci lived in Milano for over 20 years, the place where he lived the longest, and the city is steeped in the history, masterpieces and legacy of his genius.
Undoubtedly, the most celebrated example of Leonardo’s work is the Last Supper wall painting, located in the refectory of the convent annex to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The masterpiece is very fragile and visitors’ entry is limited, so advance planning is advised. Find out how to buy tickets for the Ultima Cena.
After a morning dedicated to cultural enrichment, we invite you to discover Milano as the world capital of fashion and shopping.
The most famous Italian alta moda brands were established here and, every year, Milan hosts the top seasonal menswear and womenswear fashion weeks with runway shows and collections.
But Milan is not only about haute couture; it’s also a pret-a-porter shopper's paradise. We suggest you start from Piazza Duomo and walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, which has an endless array of shops including La Rinascente, the famous up-market department store with 8 floors of exclusive ranges. Each is dedicated to a department: starting from the ground-floor: beauty counters to womenswear, menswear, home accessories, kitchen and tableware to, last but not least, the Food Hall and a stunning accessible rooftop terrace where you can admire the architectural intricacy of the Duomo up close.
Continuing along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II you reach the famous Quadrilatero della Moda with all the top international fashion brands’ stores.
The beating heart of this upscale district is super-sophisticated via Monte Napoleone, one of the most expensive retail streets in the world, with its very own refined yet classy style.
The whole area is also culturally vibrant with various historical and architecturally prestigious mansions such as the Poldi Pezzoli and Bagatti Valsecchi-House Museums with their precious collections of artworks, and Palazzo Morando, which houses the museum of fashion, costume and image.
Shopping in Milano is not only about high fashion brands: Corso Buenos Aires, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via Torino, Corso Magenta, Corso Vercelli and the City Life district offer an endless array of shops suitable for all budgets and all tastes.
Two days are not enough to discover all that Milano has to offer: find out how to spend three unforgettable days here.