Italy’s most stylish city is more than just a hotbed of fashion innovation. Discover lakes, mountains and Old Masters on a holiday to Milan from Glasgow Airport.
Milan stands with London and Paris as one of Europe’s major fashion capitals. Alongside a world-famous bi-annual fashion week and a glittering string of high-end stores, the city is packed with independent designer boutiques, flea markets and vintage outlets. Pick up a bargain on Tuesdays and Sundays at the Viale Papiniano market, discover luxury labels at low prices at the Serravalle Designer Outlet (Via della Moda 1), or admire the glorious architecture and the haute couture window displays at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Piazza Duomo), one of the world’s oldest malls. Of course, even bargain-minded fashionistas shouldn’t leave this stylish city without window shopping in the Quadrilatero d’Oro (‘Golden Rectangle’), which hosts most of the world’s biggest designer brands.
If you can squeeze in some sightseeing between shopping trips then indulge your inner culture junkie with a trip to one of the city’s stunning art galleries. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, secreted away in the refectory adjoining Santa Maria delle Grazie (Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie), is Milan’s most famous artwork; but the Pinacoteca di Brera (Via Brera 28) and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Piazza Pio 11) also house some incredible Old Masters. The new collections in the Gallerie d’Italia (Piazza della Scala 6) are well worth a visit as well.
Sun and snow
Milan is the gateway to the scenic shores of Lake Como and the recreational opportunities of the Italian Alps. Lake Como is just a one-and-a-half-hour journey north from the city centre and is famous for its celebrity following, with A-list visitors flocking to enjoy its historic waterfront villas, glorious gardens and pretty villages. In summer it’s possible to enjoy every activity from sailing and kitesurfing to hiking, boat trips and cycling around this famously beautiful lake. Winter opens up opportunities of its own, thanks to the easily accessed ski resorts in the surrounding mountains – big names such as St Moritz, Livigno and Courmayeur are all within easy transfer distance.