Milan is a city full of elegance that offers cultural highlights as well as a wide range of relaxation and entertainment options. The perfect setting for an urban adventure with your best friend, your better half or another favorite person with whom you would like to enjoy an extraordinary short vacation - and of course shopping is not neglected in the Italian fashion metropolis.
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The Milanese are early risers - even on relaxed weekends there is a lot to discover in the morning. If you are in town on a Saturday, the Viale Papiniano open-air market is worth a visit: shopping enthusiasts will get their money's worth with the large selection of fashion at bargain prices. If you have a bit of stamina when browsing, you can get hold of heavily discounted designer goods and statement pieces from the runway as well as swimwear, accessories and kitchen utensils. At the nearby freshwater port of Darsena there are inviting restaurants and bars as well as market stalls offering local and exotic fruits, vegetables and other delicacies. The historic Porta Genova district is just one metro station away, and numerous bars and cafés invite you to take a leisurely stopover.
The Zona Tortona is a must-see for fashionistas: the heart of the legendary Fashion Week beats in the creative center of Milan, where up-and-coming designers and extraordinary shops with vintage flair are just as much at home as large fashion houses. A special attraction can be found in a former granary on Via Bergognone: Giorgio Armani himself founded the Museum Armani / Silos here, in which pieces from the ready-to-wear collections from 1980 to today provide an overview of the work of the iconic designer.
After crossing the Largo delle Culture roundabout, the art and culture center BASE awaits you, where creativity can be felt at every nook and cranny. Just a few steps further, the latest addition to the Milanese museum scene opened its doors in 2015: The MUDEC is dedicated to world cultures and houses a wide variety of permanent and changing exhibitions in a hypermodern building, whose imposing architectural design is worth a visit in itself.
The afternoon after visiting the museum is ideal for a detour to the Navigli. Milan's famous channels enchant with their romantic flair and countless photo spots that not only delight Instagrammers. The Navigli are flanked by outdoor bars, record stores, art stores, antique shops and more - a unique atmosphere that exudes its own charm in every season. From here you go back to the Darsena, where a successful day comes to an end.
After a hearty breakfast - for example in one of the many cafés in the picturesque Brera design district - the next morning is back to cultural enjoyment: in the Pinacoteca di Brera Art Museum, moving works such as Raphael's Marriage of the Virgin Mary or the Lamentation of Christ by Andrea Mantegna are waiting for you at the next Closeness to be marveled at. The Milan Cathedral and the Piazza della Scala are also among the highlights that you should not miss. The structural connection between these two sights is formed by the luxurious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping gallery, which not only impresses as an architectural jewel, but also represents the perfect transition to the next item on the program: shopping!
As a world-class fashion metropolis, Milan offers plenty of opportunities to stock up on new favorites - and to find a souvenir or two on the side. The pulsating shopping street Corso Vittorio Emanuele II should be mentioned here, but the fashion district around Via Montenapoleone is guaranteed to make the hearts of shopping fans beat faster - extravagant discoveries included.
After shopping, head to Porta Romana in the southeast of the old town to relax. The district that has developed around the city gate is particularly appreciated by foodies and wine lovers - you can find out why for yourself in one of the numerous charming restaurants.
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