With its vast wealth of culture and marvellous cuisine, Milan is a city where you can stroll around squares and monuments, go shopping, explore the many attractions or simply relax. So it’s clear to see that there are endless reasons for visiting the city.
Fly to Milan from Faro Airport with easyJet or Ryanair.
Milan, the “capital of northern Italy”, is one of the foremost names in art, design, fashion, culture and history. Boasting immense cultural wealth, Milan offers no end of things to do, attractions and places to visit. Built entirely in marble and with many statues, arches and columns, the Duomo, Milan’s largest cathedral, is also the third-biggest church in the world. With its 3,400 statues and 135 gargoyles, this is truly an impressive work of architecture. If you take the stairs to the top (there is a lift too), you will be rewarded with a magnificent view over the city. From up there, you also get a better view of the Madonna, a gold statue of the virgin that stands atop the cathedral. On a clear day, you can even see the snow-capped peaks of the Alps.
Milan also boasts many palaces, including the Palazzo Reale, which is worth visiting. If you are a fan of monuments and history, you must not miss Leonardo da Vinci’s famous work, The Last Supper, which can be found inside the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. If you do want to see The Last Supper, we highly recommend you book it well in advance – several weeks should be enough – to ensure you are able to get in to see the world-famous masterpiece.
For those who enjoy visiting cathedrals (now, we mean those of the sporting variety), football is hugely popular in Milan. The city has two top teams: Inter Milan and AC Milan.
Known worldwide as one of the fashion capitals of the world and home to Italy’s leading luxury brands, Milan hosts a twice-yearly fashion week. You can almost expect to be tripping over models at these times of year. Naomi Campbell, for example, is one of the personalities regularly seen in Milan and just last summer she shared the stage with Monica Bellucci during Fashion Week.
If shopping is your thing, Milan is like a dream come true. In parallel, the city stages an annual design week, the biggest event in its category, which brings together many designers from every corner of the globe.
Shops and businesses have extended opening hours making it possible to enjoy exploring and shopping on the same day. The museums and art galleries are open from 10 am to 6 pm and are closed on Mondays. Shops are open daily from 10 am to 8 pm, while shopping centres generally stay open until 8 pm or 9 pm.
And if you’re concerned that Milan has no beach then perhaps you ought to think again: every year, the local government creates an artificial beach in the gardens near the Sforzesco Castle, with a pool, loungers, volleyball court, human table football and plenty of showers to keep you cool all day long.
Milan is one of the best destinations for this spring and summer. You will find it hard not to fall in love with the city! So what are you waiting for to book your flight from Faro Airport?
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