Endless shopping, fine dining and heaps of exploring. A simple but winning combination which is guaranteed to ensure your vacation is always thoroughly enjoyable. And that is what you can look forward to in one of Italy’s trendiest cities. Milan is one of Italy’s cities which is closest to its northern border and is situated relatively close to Switzerland.  It lies to the northeast of Turin, the north of Genoa while Verona and Venice lie to its east and Bologna and Florence are located to its south east. If your dream vacation involves shopping for exquisite designer gear, sampling world famous food and wine and exploring all the sights and sounds of a new city, you will love experiencing all that Milan has to offer.

No matter what part of Italy you happen to be vacationing in, Milan is merely a flight away and once you arrive at its bustling Malpensa airport, you will be able to get to the city center in less than an hour by train. Taking the bus is also another option although the trip would last about 90 minutes. Alternatively, you could also opt for traveling by high speed train.  A journey from Italy’s main cities or from neighboring countries such as France, Spain and Switzerland will see you arrive at the city’s principal station, Milano Centrale. Once you arrive in Milan, you will find that its extensive tram network is one of the best ways of getting around. Alternatively, you could also choose to travel by bus, rail or metro, or even walk since most tourist spots are pretty close to each other.

A visit to the world’s fashion capital is a golden opportunity to treat yourself to designs from some of the industry’s biggest names. One of the best places to start off your shopping adventure is the Via Montenapoleone which not only contains a plethora of shops and jewelers, but also contains cafes where you will be able to grab a bite to keep your energy levels up while having loads of fun. Via Dante and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele are also worth marking out on your map while Via della Spiga is a veritable shopper’s paradise. Fans of fashion mogul, Giorgio Armani will be thrilled at being able to visit Via Manzoni which contains the brand’s megastore.

During your vacation in Milan, you will also be able to admire Renaissance masterpieces and the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is an excellent starting point for viewing these stunning works of art. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is also another ideal venue for admiring paintings by famous artists such as Carvaggio, Leonardo and Raphael.