Fashion capital and home of some of the coolest people on the planet, Milan is one of those destinations which makes say ‘wow’. There are lots of reasons for this, the incredible designer shops, the architecture, if you’re a woman – the men, and if you’re a man – the women. Everyone is so beautiful, so well dressed, and so very aloof.
This is the city which most Italians aspire to be in, even the ones who say it’s too cold, rainy, or busy. This is where the money is made, and it shows. Fine dining, gorgeous cars, and excellent nightlife means that only the most successful can really live here, but as a visitor, you can take a peak and maybe dream about enjoying the lifestyle here.
One of my favourite buildings, and as a visitor one of the places you may pass through, is the magnificent Art Deco/Liberty style Milano Centro railway station. This beautiful old building has arches and high ceilings, and is complimented with modern additions of glass and steel; a truly beautiful station, although not originally designed this way. Today’s grand appearance is thanks to the dictator Mussolini who wanted to show off the power of his fascist regime.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is another building with the wow factor. Formed by two glass vaulted arcades supported by steel, this building dates back to 1865. Its glass domes and double vaulted arches are as exquisite today, as they were when they were built. When you visit, just underneath the dome, there is an additional wow to look out for – people spinning on their heels. Why would such elegant people been seen doing this? When you spin on the bull you will ward off evil.
Right next to the galleria is perhaps the most magnificent building in the city, Milan Cathedral, or the Duomo. One of the city’s landmarks, the gothic and baroque cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete, and is the worlds largest cathedral. Napoleon was crowned here, but the highlight is on the roof, from atop the forest of pinnacles and statues the views stretch as far as the snow covered Alps.