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Exuding Italian style, Milan is everything you imagine; cosmopolitan, glamorous and chic. The fashion capital of Italy, this modern city is also home to the world's largest Gothic Cathedral, the magnificent San Siro football stadium and the best known of all the great opera houses, La Scala.

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For a special occasion take the opportunity to see an opera at the world-famous La Scala Opera House. There is a magical atmosphere which will make for an enchanting evening an is perfect for a celebration.

Typical Milanese dishes are risotto all Milanese, rice simmered in a saffron-flavoured stock, and the traditionally heavier dishes such as polenta and salamis are all considered as specialities of this city.

The Emporio Caffe Armani in Piazza Duomo is ideal for a light lunch or frothy cappuccino in stylish surroundings. For an authentic Milanese experience, the quirky Ristorante Bagutta restaurant is considered an historical landmark, and the melt-in-your-mouth spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola are popular with locals and visitors alike.

The heart of Italian fashion and the city in which all the latest trends and designs are decided, a visit to Milan is not complete without a touch of shopping! Home to fashion greats like Armani and Versace the streets of Milan are sure to delight fashionistas with their range of stores and arcades.

For the designer boutiques that the city is best-known, make your way to Via Monte Napoleone and Via Della Spiga, where you will find all the famous names from Gucci and Prada to Valentino and Versace. For the more price conscious head to the wide shopping street, Corso Buenos Aires, where you are sure to find plenty to please at all budgets. There are also many designer outlets in the vicinity of Milan which offer some serious retail therapy opportunities. Around the Naviglio Grand, to the south of the city, antiques fairs are popular at the weekends, and there is a street market on the Viale Papiniano on Saturday.