Cathedral Milan horse Milan Stained glass Garden and fountain

Milan & Lombardy

Praying figures

For most of the world, Milan means fashion. But Milan is so much more than la moda: from its spectacular Gothic cathedral to its gigantic Renaissance castle, Milan is full of art treasures. It is a private city and many of its most beautiful sights are hidden ones. Wandering along the city's canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci, you can discover art from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. Ponder the famous Last Supper by Leonardo in the monastery complex of Santa Maria delle Grazie, or enjoy an opera at the world-renowned La Scala.

Milan serves as a base for exploring the jewels of Lombardy: the Italian Lakes, from Lake Como to Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, with their villas and churches; the art city of Bergamo, one of Italy's delights; and the barbarian Lombard capital of Monza, which preserves the Iron Crown of the Holy Roman Emperors.

"Milan is studded with treasures. James McDonaugh guided me expertly around... My perfect weekend."
Clive Aslet, Country Life