Meeting Milan

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Contemplate Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, dine next to Giorgio Armani, and close your eyes while listening to María Callas in La Scala. Anything is possible in Milan – the city of fashion.

"Europe’s runway"

In the design capital, any moment of the day inevitably leads you to contemplate beauty. Even shopping becomes an art. In Milan, not only the Duomo awaits, but also the sanctuaries of luxury (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele), football (San Siro Stadium), and music (Teatro alla Scala).
 
If you’re travelling on business and don’t have too much time and need to be very selective, there are two visits you can’t miss: The Duomo and 'The Last Supper', one of the highlights of Art History. It was made popular by Dan Brown’s 'The Da Vinci Code' and tickets must be reserved two weeks in advance. It can be found inside the Santa María delle Grazie church and in Milan it is known as the Cenacolo Vinciano.
 
Take caution when reserving tickets online. The only official and authorised page is offering a price of 8 euros. The admission only allows you to spend fifteen minutes in front of the fragile mural painted by Leonardo in the refectory of this Dominican convent.
 
In the Piazza del Duomo, the nerve centre of the Lombard capital city, you can discover one of the most elegant temples in the world, which holds up to 40,000 people. The Cathedral is one of the best examples of the Gothic period and took six centuries to build. It is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and admission is 2 euros. You can go up to Duomo’s terraces for 13 euros if you take the lift and 8 euros if you take the stairs.
 
Everything in Milan is magnificent and elegant. In the same square as the cathedral, the Galleria Vittiorio Emanuele awaits, an enclosed shopping promenade with crystal arcades and rot iron that was designed toward the end of the 19th century to protect high society while shopping and during their leisure time. In addition to Gucci, Prada, and Armani shops, you will also find in its interior the historic Biffi café, the Savini restaurant, or bars such as the Zucca, which was frequented by Verdi and Toscanini, and the Camparino, where trying a Campari is a must.
 
But Milan is not just the Duomo district. To the south of the city, the canals in the Navigli neighbourhood await, a charming place where you can have dinner or a drink. Visitors can have a similar experience in the bohemian and pedestrian-friendly area of Brera. They represent interesting alternatives to the traditional shopping streets known as the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Golden Square) surrounding the Duomo and La Scala: Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. Here you’ll not only find shops but the workshops of the great designers and even a club such as the Armani Privé where you can have a drink.

In the design capital, any moment of the day inevitably leads you to contemplate beauty. Even shopping becomes an art.

Milan is the Verdian city par excellence. Milan’s La Scala, dating back to 1778 offers guided tours. But the best thing to do is to reserve a seat for an opera or ballet performance and take a stroll through the splendid rooms of this majestic palace during the intermission. Tickets range from 20 to 300 euros and English or French translations of the scripts can be followed on screens. Even if you are seated in the upper galleries, the music of Verdi, Puccini, or Bizet in the Teatro alla Scala leaves no one unmoved.
 
On your way out, the Trussardi alla Scala awaits, a boutique restaurant that has been awarded a Michelin star, where you can enjoy meals starting at 55 euros. In the Duomo square, if you want to fully immerse yourself in the elegance of Art Deco, you can’t miss the Giacomo Arengario restaurant. Its bar is ideal for having an aperitif. In Milan you cannot escape good taste and the best design in the world. Such is the case of the popular restaurant Carlo e Camilla, located in the beautiful and minimalist establishment featuring industrial decor. It is Milan’s coolest restaurant.
 
Trattoria Madonina, on Via Gentilino near the Bocconi University offers the chance of experiencing an authentic trattoria where Milan locals eat. Here you can dine for 25 euros.
Another must-see “temple” in Milan is the San Siro Stadium. The San Siro or “Giuseppe Meaza” dates back to 1926 and is the shared headquarters of the Inter Milan and the AC Milan football clubs. It is the site where legendary duels of the Associazione Calcio Milan and the Champions League have been held, against Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. You can take a guided tour of the museum, which is open from March to September from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from October to April from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission ranges from 12 to 17 euros.
 
Game tickets can be purchased on the AC Milan and Inter websites. In the Galleria San Carlo shopping centre, at the end of Monte Napoleone, you will find the Rossoneri team megastore.
Getting around in Milan is inexpensive, despite what you might think. An underground railway, tram, or bus ticket costs €1.50 and a 24-hour pass can be purchased for €4.50. You can reach the Fiera Milano (Rho), the site of numerous congresses and events, by underground railway or train.
 
If you have room in your schedule of business meetings, let yourself get lost in the streets of Milan – an open, cosmopolitan city and a true indulgence of the senses.

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