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The largest city in Italy, Milan is a modern urban centre where old cathedrals, domes and castles stand it perfect contrast to the glass-clad towers and skyscrapers that reflect the sun and the surrounding Alpine peaks that rise on the horizon of the city. As you wander around Milan’s streets, you’ll discover a place where its charm and beauty are revealed in an elegant and alluring fashion. Start your discovery of Milan’s gems at the heart of the city. At the great Duomo di Milano, which is one of the largest cathedrals in the world, you can scale the 150 steps to the top (or do as us and take the lift). Here you can gaze across the roof-tops and domes of the city, as well as study some of the many spires that pierce the sky from the top of the cathedral. From the adjacent grand piazza, you’re surrounded by awe-inspiring buildings. Apart from the Duomo, you’ll also find the Palazzo Reale and the Palazzo della Ragione, where history and great artwork are blended perfectly, as well as the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – the shopping arcade that more than anything symbolises the importance of design, fashion and commerce in the city. Stroll through the arcade and marvel at the great arched roof that encase this stunning building. If you’re seeking to do really blow your budget on shopping, then head to the The Quadrilatero della moda – or Fashion Square, which surrounds the Via Montenapoleone. This district is home to some of the biggest fashion houses in the world, such as Armani, Prada, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana, and don’t worry, you can also just do a bit of window-shopping here. If you fancy something a bit more affordable, but equally alluring, then head to the Navigli Distict, where the flea markets and small shops, along with the cafés and beautiful canals make it a quaint little experience away from the more urban bustle of the centre. Alternatively you can also stroll around the Parco Sempione that surrounds the breathtaking Sforza Castle. Home to various museums of art that span across millennia, you can lose yourself in the many spectacular pieces of art that adorn the rooms of the castle. Art lovers should also stop by the Brera, which houses one of the most impressive art collections in the world. Milan is undoubtedly the culture capital of Italy, where every district will offer a new and enchanting experience for even the most seasoned of travellers.
Italy is all about great food, romantic cities and breathtaking scenery. The country, however, also has a strong cultural side to it. From some of the greatest artists in the world such as Caravaggio, Botticelli and Michelangelo, to visionaries like Da Vinci, Dante and Rossellini, there are plenty of gems to be discovered here. If you're looking to bring a book with you to read while holidaying in Italy, why not dip your toe in some of the country's own literary produce?
Each region in Spain is fiercely proud of its local identity and culture and regardless of where you find yourself in this vast and fascinating country, you’ll quickly discover that one of the cornerstones in every regional self-image is the local food. We’ve collected (and sampled) the five following dishes, yet these are just a few examples of the great variety of dishes you’ll find in Spain.
Spending an extended weekend in Iceland means making sure you pack in all the things worth seeing and doing here. Don't fret, though, we've kindly compiled a useful list that you are free to follow to make sure you get the full experience of this wonderful Viking island.