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Postcard from Milan

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If you believe the guidebooks then you may think that Milan is little more than an industrial city, the financial hub of Italy and one great big catwalk of high-end fashion boutiques. It may not have the big tourist pull of Rome or Florence, but that’s why I like it.

I’ve been to Milan twice this year and it’s truly managed to get under my skin.

A cosmopolitan city that oozes style (it is the fashion capital of the world after all), it’s refined and cultured, and the Milanese are effortlessly cool and stylish. It’s attractions may not be as immediately obvious, but that’s part of the attraction.

Home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the Duomo, an array of modern art galleries and every designer brand you could ever want, you can’t come to this city without sampling it’s fabulous food – you must try the Milanese risotto infused with saffron.

My picks of top things to do:

Visit: Villa Necchi Campiglio – the 1930’s built villa used in the film “I am Love”

Eat: Il Solferino – established in 1909 and the best Milanese risotto

Stay: Hotel Principe di Savoia

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