Milan is the capital of Lombardy and one of the largest cities in the north of Italy. It constitutes a major financial and economic center, it is one of the fashion capitals of the world, where Fashion Weeks take place twice a year, this is the place where an Armani or a Just Cavalli Hotel are an ordinary thing that locals take for granted, and most importantly, this is one of the few places, where in January and in July, you can purchase top designer apparel, shoes and accessories with major discounts of up to 50%. A couple of days in Milano will not be enough to explore the city that magically integrates its medieval, almost ominous, monuments with trendy business and fashion districts. Here are our top 5 things to do here.

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One of the first things to do in Milano is to enjoy the greatness of the Duomo cathedral, located in the heart of the city and photographed by every visitor. Its architecture and design are absolutely fascinating. This is the jewel of Italian Gothic style and one of the largest Catholic churches in the world. Some of the most recognised elements of the Duomo are the majestic spiers, as if towering over Milan from the top and the statue of Madonna, located on the tallest spire, which can be seen from various parts of the city. Don’t forget that you can get to the very top of the cathedral, by climbing some 500 stairs!

The next thing you have to do in Milan is to marvel at the extensive collection of impressive masterpieces by such famous artists as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Titian, da Vinci and Raphael at the Pinacoteca Ambrociana, which is a gallery that was opened in the 17th century.

Third, you must go shopping! If you have a day to spare, you can head out of the city, to one of the shopping villages, where there are sales all year round, and you can find not only high-end boutiques, but also affordable brands that will suit any budget. The most famous are Fox Town Village, Franciacorta Outlet Village and Serravalle Designer Outlet. Don’t forget to visit the Rinascente, world-famous department store, and the Via Monte Napoleone, which is filled with such famous brands as Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, La Perla, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Versace and more. Here the sales reach up to 50% and if you are lucky, you will even find your size, because things here disappear very quickly!

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Next, don’t forget that you are in Italia! This is the birthplace not only of famous fashion houses and profound designers, but also of delicious food! Try local gelato, eat pizza, order antipasti, including the world-famous Caprese, pasta with sumptuous sauces, fresh prosciutto and mozzarella du buffalo! Forget all your diets for a couple of days and really eat like an Italian! Sit in one of the street cafes, order a coffee with pastries and watch the hustle and bustle of this modern city.

Among the top 5 things to do in Milan is to spend the night dancing at one of the bars or clubs, which this city has plenty of to offer. Corso Como and Corso Garibaldi are the areas where most of the clubs and bars are situated, and you have a wide choice between quieter lounge bars like the 11 Clubroom, Gold by Dolce & Gabbana and Birrificio Lambrate, to such hip dancing clubs like Byblos, Plastic, The Hollywood and Just Cavalli.

Whatever your intentions or budget are, there are things to do and see in Milan, including marvelling at stunning architecture to giving in to desire and indulging yourself in pure gluttony and pleasure while trying Italian delicacies that will give you memories that will last a lifetime.