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Earthly Enchantments on a Milan Holiday

Street cafés, fashion houses, and art museums… Milan is a city that offers countless delights. Once a Celtic village, it is now a thriving business centre and the fashion capital of Italy, as well as a must-visit for tourists all over the world on their holidays.

A trendy area in Milan was once a Little Bohemia. Brera, a lively nightspot where artists and writers used to roam, is the site of Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the major art collections in the world. Within are works of Raphael, Jacopo Tintoretto, and Giambattista Tiepolo, among other greats.

Enjoy a stage play at the Piccolo Teatro della Città di Milano, one of the best in Europe. Though “piccolo teatro” means “the small theatre,” it is actually quite spacious inside. Teatro alla Scala, the first Opera House in Europe, is another magnificent building promising an equally glorious experience. On the 2008 calendar were performances of classics such as Tristan und Isolde, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Macbeth.

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Another intriguing spot to see on a Milan holiday is Sforzesco Castle, where much drama has occurred throughout the history of the city. Foreign control, military occupation, and bomb raids are just a few. Renovated to its original grandeur, it is now host to various exhibitions.

Take a detour through Milan's most elegant street, Monte Napoleone, where the original Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace stores were built. Museo Poldi Pezzoli is not to be missed, with a collection of fabrics, sundials, and armours from ages ago, while Museo Bagatti Valsecchi jumps straight out of the Renaissance period.

Hang out at Ticinese on your Milan holiday. Once a bustling port, it features bars and restaurants that get more animated as the sun sets. Try Sadler in the Navigli district for excellent Italian meals. With two Michelin stars, on the menu are such creations as “ravioli fresh pasta filled with duck, cream of pumpkin, and porcini wild mushrooms.”

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