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With American Airlines flights to Milan, it's simple to visit this center of art, fashion and culture. From spectacular museums with priceless works of art to some of the world's best shopping (and everything in between, including pausing for a glass of wine in the afternoon to take it all in), there is no shortage of things to do in Milan. Your amazing trip to this Italian bastion of enduring style starts here.
One of our favorite activities in Milan is a visit to the prestigious Pinacoteca di Brera, or the Brera Art Gallery. It houses a breathtaking collection of Italian paintings -- one of the finest in the world. You'll be able to see works by Caravaggio, Raphael, Tintoretto and Rubens, whose well-known Last Supper resides here. We also recommend the Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco in Italian). Once one of the largest citadels in Europe, today the castle contains an impressive collection of art. One portion of the castle still features surviving ceiling frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci. The collections themselves (there are several here) include the final known sculpture by Michelangelo, the Rondanini Pieta, along with the Codex Trivulzianus manuscript by da Vinci.
Another item on our list of can't-miss things to do in Milan is a visit to the Duomo, or Milan Cathedral. This gothic masterpiece took almost 600 years to complete, with the first stone laid in 1386, and it's the largest in Italy. The streets in Milan radiate outward from the Duomo, or at least circle around it, making it the heart of the city. The cathedral contains a veritable bounty of artwork, including splendid altars by Pellegrini. Inside you'll even find the largest organ in Italy.
Of course, after soaking up all this history, art and culture, it's time for more modern activities in Milan, such as shopping. The Quadrilatero d'Oro, or Golden Quadrilateral, is well worth exploring. Just north of the Duomo, this area is home to esteemed Italian brands such as Prada, Fendi, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. After all, Milan is home to one of the world's most influential fashion weeks, with groundbreaking runway shows from premier designers. Looking for slightly more affordable apparel to bring home as a souvenir? Head to the outlets, as the locals do (try Il Salvagente on Via Fratelli Bronzetti).
And if you need to rest before you've shopped until you drop, there are many bars and restaurants where you can sip a glass or wine or an espresso to recharge. It would be a pity to be in Italy without sampling either!
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