Milan, a capital of the world, in the heart of Europe
Fashion capital, financial capital, and industrial capital are some of the "stamps" by which Milan is recognized in Europe. One of the great economic engines of Europe, it is just not the political capital of Italy, a place reserved for the also unmissable city of Rome, although it is the second largest city in the country in population.
Located in the north, closer to the center of Europe and the Alps than to the Mediterranean, Milan brings together traditions as Italian as good food and hospitality with the economic, creative drive of a truly cosmopolitan city.
On holiday or business, with family, as a couple or even alone, for one or two days, a week or longer seasons, this capital of the world, with daily TAP flights from Lisbon, is a must-see destination in Europe.
Look up and all around
On a visit to Milan, there are must-see places. Milan's Cathedral (Duomo) is undoubtedly the top spot not to be missed. The largest Gothic building in Italy and one of the largest in the world, this ancient building is a world to discover, where you can marvel at the thousands of sculptures that it collects, by the imposing galleries and even by the roofs, also open to visitors.
The Duomo is part of Milan's landscape, a very important old hallmark in the midst of modernity, but not the only one. Also not to be missed are the Castello Sforzesco - old fortress of the city and today house of museums as important as the Ancient Art Museum, the Pinacoteca, the Museum of Decorative Arts, or the Pietà Rondanini de Miguel Ângelo Museum, not forgetting the Sala delle Asse de Leonardo da Vinci –, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Italy's oldest commercial center, and, no doubt one of the most incredible - and Teatro alla Scala, where, if you have the chance, you should not miss the Opera.
Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper", celebrated all over the world, can be seen closely in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, an experience that promises to be unforgettable. The famous da Vinci is also one of the great reasons to visit the National Museum of Science and Technology, which houses the largest collection dedicated to the genius of the Renaissance.
Moreover, and because much of the experience of traveling is the discovery, we invite you to explore the streets and canals of Milan, to enter churches, museums, and shops, to walk around and to find places to rest, always looking around and registering everything - through pictures or memory - the most unforgettable moments of your trip.
At the end of a working day in Milan, you will see the bars of the city filled with locals, who come together after a day of work to a well-deserved gathering, seasoned with the best hospitality. When you join this movement, you will see that you will hardly find a place where, when ordering a drink, it is not accompanied by delicious delicacies. This "appetizer" why Milan is so famous for is part of the local culture and is increasingly associated with creative and cultural movements or, simply, with relaxed and convivial moments. Therefore, it should be part of any visitor's bucket list, who will thus have the opportunity to live authentic experiences and be part of the life of this vibrant city.
Ancient Culture, Modern Culture, Popular Culture
Here we do not only speak of Art, although its existence should be highlighted, in the same city, of the Duomo and of classical and Renaissance works, and of modern icons as the Fondazione Prada, dedicated to contemporary art, or Armani Silos, dedicated to fashion.
But culture is even more than all this, and football - an important cultural expression, particularly in Europe - is also one of the great cultural symbols of the city, which is home to two of the most well-known clubs in the world: AC Milan and Inter Milan. The football loving crowds are part of the cities and, therefore, if you like football and have the opportunity, why not be part of this movement?
Anyway, Milan deserves an exclusive visit - there is a lot to do and to visit - but it can also be part of a larger itinerary, for those who travel with time. Compare different cities such as Milan, Rome, Naples, or Florence, or enjoy the proximity to visit Geneva or Lyon. Old Continent or not, Europe always has new things for you to discover.