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MILAN AND THE ITALIAN LAKES

Milan and the Italian Lakes

High among the spires of Milan’s 500-year-old cathedral is a great spot to view Italy’s dynamic financial hub, the cathedral in its café-lined piazza lies at the heart of Milan. Close by is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the designer nirvana lies in the aptly named Quadrilatero (Golden Quadrilateral) where Prada, Valentino, Gucci and more await. Gaze at Leonardo’s Last Supper and be dazzled at La Scala, one of the world’s greatest opera houses. Milan also offers access to Verona, with its Roman arena and romantic associations with Romeo and Juliet. To the north of Milan lies Lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore, nestled at the foot of the Italian Alps. Sip wine, stroll beside the palazzi of the rich and famous, and share the high-flyers’ million-dollar views.






SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MILAN



The Last Supper THE LAST SUPPER

Visit Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Last Supper’ in the refectory of the 15th century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. 

Fashion Week FASHION WEEK
 

The Spring/Summer event is held in February-March and the Autumn/ Winter event is held in September-October of each year. Milan is one long catwalk for the elegant and sophisticated, and you can join them in the restaurants and clubs buzzing with attitude and glamour. 

Terraces of the Cathedral THE TERRACES
 

On the roof of the cathedral, these have a surface of 8,000 m2 which is covered by marble. Climb the 201 steps to the top, for a breath-taking view of the city. Admire magnificent arches, the 135 pinnacles of the cathedral, the numerous statues and breathe in the peaceful atmosphere over this constantly active city.

Navigli District NAVIGLI DISTRICT
 

There is a system of canals through Milan and the oldest one, Naviglio Grande, is bustling with canal-side cafés, old-fashioned gelaterie (ice-cream shops), boutiques, artists of Milan, restaurants and old moored barges fitted out as bars. 

Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
 

This elegant shopping arcade is considered to be one of the main centres for shopping in Milan and is one of the most beautiful covered galleries in Europe. 

Day Trip to the Lakes DAY TRIP TO THE LAKES

The magnificent Lake District is dotted with dozens of colourful small towns along the shorelines with spectacular mountain scenery as their backdrops. There is a dependable ferry service which will shuffle you from town to town. 
Parco Sempione PARCO SEMPIONE
 

A beautiful park that has a little something for everyone. The grounds are dappled with ponds and enchanting bridges; find a relaxing spot on the grass and watch the kids play on the playgrounds. 

Via Fauche VIA FAUCHE
 

Especially for the fashionistas, at these markets you will find discounted clothes and shoes from the most prestigious Italian stylists.

Lake Maggiore LAKE MAGGIORE
 

The delightful town of Stresa on the shores is a former fishing village that grew to the wealthy haven it is today. 

Lake Como LAKE COMO
 

The road around the lake is narrow and the shore is dotted with lovely villages. Wander around Como town then head to the ‘Pearl of the Lake’, Bellagio. The town has a medieval layout of winding streets, cobbled stairways and grand historic buildings, as well as 19th century villas on the shoreline. Take some time to soak up the atmosphere and the fabulous panoramas over the lake with an Alpine backdrop. 

Lake Garda LAKE GARDA
 

Sirmione is built on a narrow peninsula jutting into Italy’s largest lake and is a lovely spot to have lunch in a trattoria overlooking the lake. Take a cruise out to Castello Scaligero, the imposing castle and Roman ruins, Grottoes of Catullus and the Rocca de Manerba.  




MILAN ACCOMMODATION



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Miralgo BandB Apartments
MIRALGO B&B & APARTMENTS, BELLAGIO, LAKE COMO
★★
This family-run B & B is located in picturesque Pescallo bay, a ten-minute walk from the centre of Bellagio. A few steps from the lake you can enjoy the tranquility of the small fishing village, where the front rooms have lake views and the others have garden views. The apartments are inside renovated historic villas great for families.
Hotel Fenice
HOTEL FENICE, MILAN
★★★

Corso Buenos Aires is one of the main shopping streets, and you’re right at the beginning of it when staying here. It’s a great spot for bargains during the sales (after Christmas and mid summer) but if you’re after the famed designer gears then Via Montenapoleone is the place for you, and is en route to the Duomo.
Hotel Gardenia
HOTEL GARDENIA, SIMIONE, LAKE GARDA
★★
Located in Sirmione near the many monuments and churches of the old town. Enjoy the Lugana wine produced by local wineries, relax on one of the beaches on the peninsula or beside the swimming pool.
Regina Palace
REGINA PALACE, STRESE, LAKE MAGGIORE
★★★★
Overlooking the shores of Lake Maggiore, in the centre of Stresa and directly in front of the Borromean island, the hotel represents a prestigious realtiy in both the hotel and historic context. Furnished in period furniture and equipped with every comfort.





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