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How to spend: 48 hours in… Milan

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Italy’s second largest city, known locally as Greater Milan, is one of the world’s four fashion capitals. If you plan on treating yourself to a weekend of luxury, book a room at The Hotel Principe Di Savoia, a modern, five-star hotel offering a top-floor spa and spacious rooms, classic design and opulent furniture.

The Hotel is just 100 yards from the city’s metro and train station, keeping you well connected.


Milan boasts plenty of traditional restaurants where you can taste the city’s heritage. For a touch of class, visit the Restaurant Savini, situated on the first floor of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

The eatery has several dining rooms, all set with antique furnishings and old-world charm, but for a true local experience, opt for the Toscanini room.

The seasonal menu boasts the best Italy has to offer, including pasta, risotto, fish and meat dishes – although a little on the pricier side, you’ll have a night to remember.


Milan remains the best place for enjoying an authentic aperitivo, a pre-meal drink designed to whet your appetite before dinner. Stop by Bar Basso in the Città Studi area, where you’ll rub shoulders with students, locals and tourists.

Drinkers flock to the traditional watering hole to sample the negroni sbagliato or “wrong” negroni, which was invented here. Cin cin!

The city’s must-see monument is Duomo di Milano (pictured above), the third largest cathedral in the world. Take a 90-minute guided tour to discover more than 3,000 statues, 55 stained glass windows and stunning Gothic architecture, before heading up to the roof for views over the city.

Then, just a short walk from the cathedral, you’ll find Sforza Castle, an iconic fortress built in the 15th Century. Wander through the courtyards, admire the collection of artwork, and snap a selfie at the Filarete Tower, which rises 70 metres into the sky.

Art lovers won’t want to miss a visit to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo da Vinci’s mural, The Last Supper, is on display.

The former convent is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, providing a beautiful setting for an afternoon stroll.