Milan is regarded as the fashion capital of the world, and its long and storied history also means that it has a vibrant historical and cultural scene. Milan’s beautiful buildings play host to a number of major international events, including Milan Fashion Week, and it’s the perfect place to experience the best in Northern Italian hospitality.
Hidden away in the corner of the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, visitors can find themselves face-to-face with one of the most famous paintings of all time: da Vinci's The Last Supper. Booking in advance is essential.
The Duomo cathedral is a truly extravagant piece of Gothic architecture and took 600 years to complete. Built from pink Candoglia marble, it is adorned with 135 spires and 3400 statues and its interior is lit by sunlight pouring in through some of the largest stained-glass windows in the world.
Italian opera is some of the most highly regarded in the world and there is nowhere better to watch it than at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan's ancient opera house. The Teatro also showcases ballet, plays and musical performances, and has an adjoining museum.
For the foodie, Milan is home to Eataly, a massive food emporium, which is the pinnacle of Italian gastronomy. Not only does it offer everything from mozzarella to gelato, but Eataly also has nineteen different eateries and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Venturing off the beaten path in Milan could mean joining up with the Mazurka Klandestina, a group of guerilla folk dance fanatics who gather in the dead of night to fill public places with laughter, dancing, and wine. Mazurka Klandestina makes for a great night out that's easy on the wallet.
Located in northern Italy, Bergamo is a multi-faceted destination. The city is just 40km from Milan and 30km from the spectacularly serene and beautiful Lakes Como and Iseo. It’s also a gateway city to the Italian Alps. The city itself is split into two sections, the older ‘Upper City’ and the more modern ‘Lower City’. The Upper City is surrounded by Venetian walls and features many historical attractions, museums and places of interest including the Citadel, Cathedral and Castle. The ‘Lower City’ is defined as Bergamo’s business and residential district. Amongst the businesses based here are Italcementi, one of the world’s largest cement producers and UBI Group, an Italian banking group. The Lower City is also home to Bergamo’s shopping district, which is almost entirely located on one street. In 2017 Bergamo’s Venetian walls became Italy’s 53rd Unesco World Heritage site. The Venetian walls were built by the Republic of Venice between 15th and 17th centuries to defend the town of Bergamo and control its surrounding area. The walls are more than six kilometers long and at some points are over fifty meters in height.