Centro Storico and the Fashion District: the must-sees
Central Milan is dominated by the city’s cathedral, the Duomo – Italy’s largest church and the fifth largest in the world. Though not strictly cool, the Centro Storico deserves to be on the list because of its multiple attractions. Palazzo Reale (the city’s former Royal Palace) and the Museo del Novecento (a museum dedicated to 20th-century Italian art) are both right next to the cathedral. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest active shopping mall since 1877, is next door. Other landmarks include the Scala Theatre, with its leading opera season and star-studded premieres, and the 15th-century Castello Sforzesco. Once you’ve paid tribute to the local history, enjoy a stroll in the nearby Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan’s Fashion District, where all the big names in the fashion world have their flagship stores. During fashion week this area hosts catwalks and shows and the streets are packed with models, celebrities and street-style photographers chasing the perfect shot.