Winning the 2015 World Expo hosting bid is only one of the significant markers of Milan’s recent revival during the past couple of years. After being found to have had the highest smog levels in Europe in 2006, a city-wide urban regeneration initiative created new green spaces, gardens and parks, and implemented a bike share program to help alleviate pollution and traffic jams.
As the fashion and financial capital, Milan is distinctly more modern than the country’s major touristic destinations like Rome, Florence and Venice, though, as with the rest of Italy, travelers can still find that old-world charm tucked away in little pockets amidst the busy metropolis, not unlike New York City.
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The Golden Quadrangle is the aptly-named district where flagship stores of the world’s most famous luxury brands can be found but savvy shoppers can get deep discounts (from 30 to 70% off) on designer brands like Gucci, Prada, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Bally, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari or Roberto Cavalli through City-Discovery’
Milan gastronomy tours like the Wine Tasting at a typical Italian bar matches traditional Lombardia fare with luxury wines specially selected by a sommelier. The Food Museums tour where travelers visit Felino Castle’s Salame Museum, the Museum of Parma Ham and the museum of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is also available a few hours away in nearby Parma. http://www.city-
After hours, the Milanese enjoy Happy Hour where the Milan by Night tour starts off with a drink and an appetizer before moving on to the next hot nightclub or bar. Travelers can fully experience the city’s nightlife districts from Navigli Canal to the trendy area of Corso Como and Corso Garibaldi and finally the artsy quarter of Brera. http://www.city-
City-discovery.com also has excursions and multi-day packages to see Genoa’s Romanesque churches, Cinque Terre’s hillside terraces, Lake Garda in Verona, Venice and Lake Como. The Bernina Train Tour departs from Milan by bus to St. Moritz where the railway’s north-south Alpine crossing passes through wild gorges, soaring bridges, fascinating loop tunnels and ice-age glaciers. http://www.city-
Travelers can also save on transport cost by using the city’s bike share program at 10% off with the Milano Card. More discounts apply for museum fees, services, restaurants. The card also bundles three days of free public transportation via metro, tram, bus, subway or city train. http://www.city-
Clients can also book their airport transfers through City-Discovery.com. Transfers for Linate, Malpensa, and nearby Bergamo’s Orio al Serio Airports are available on private basis and can be booked for small to large groups up to 50 persons. http://www.city-
For more activities and things to do in Milan, visit City-Discovery.com. For featured travel experiences and photos by customers, read the City Discovery Travel Blog (blog.city-discovery.com)
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