Milan is Italy’s city of the future, a fast-paced metropolis where creativity is big business, looking good is compulsory and after-work drinks, aperitivi, are an artform.

It’s also a city with ancient roots and extraordinary treasures, that, unlike the rest of Italy, you’ll quite often get to experience without queues of tourists. It's a welcome change after the 11 million people in Paris.

Finally with a frenzy of flying buttresses, 135 spires and a staggering 3200 statues, Milan’s Gothic Duomo is the world’s largest of its kind, and third largest in any style in Europe. This vision of pink-tinged Candoglia marble was commissioned in 1386 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti and has a capacity for a congregation of 40,000 (Milan’s population at the time). It took about 500 years to complete.

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