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BENVENUTO ◆

MILAN'S NAVIGLI
DISTRICT

MILAN

Italy's northern financial
powerhouse, only an hour's
drive from the border with
Switzerland, is filled with
designer boutiques and
excellent restaurants.
I started with the
Duomo, an ornate cathedral
whose Gothic turrets rise
above the city centre.
Tickets cost €6 to enter
the beautiful building and
see the Crypt of St Charles
and the Duomo museum,
but I paid extra to climb
the steps to the roof, too.
It's a few Euros more to
take the lift, but seeing the
city skyline is well worth it.
Wandering behind the
flying buttresses allowed
me to admire the dozens
of gargoyles and statues
- I even got a peek at the
golden Madonnina statue,
which used to be the
highest point in Milan.
The neighbouring
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
II is one of the world's
oldest shopping malls. A

price, around €12, between
7pm and 9pm you get a
drink and all you can eat
from delicious platters of
regional nibbles.
After eating, I bar-hopped
down the Naviglio Grande
(Large Canal) and back
up the Naviglio Pavese until
the small hours.
Day two was more
sedate, due to a
The Navigli
is a canal system
slightly fuzzy head,
that took seven
but that didn't
centuries to construct.
stop me seeing
Work began in the
Leonardo
da Vinci's
stunning glass
12th century.
The Last Supper
roof rises above
inside a Dominican
four buildings
convent next to the Basilica
packed with shops. In
di Santa Maria delle Grazie.
the centre, beneath a
Tickets must be booked in
gorgeous glass dome, there
advance and cost €10.
are four mosaics portraying
My final stop was Sforza
the coat of arms of Turin,
Castle - an imposing
Florence, Rome and Milan.
fortress that hosts 18
museums, libraries and
Lucky mascot
archives. Day tickets cost
Turin's bull has a hole worn
€5, but I wandered through
in its nether regions - this is
the central courtyard
because spinning on one
for free to reach Parco
foot on the bull is believed
Sempione. The large green
to bring good luck. It's a big
space evokes an English
draw and I had to wait my
country garden and is home
turn to contribute to the
to a wealth of architectural
floor's destruction.
and horticultural delights.
It's easy to while away
the hours in the shopping
mall, but that night I really
wanted to get a taste of
Milan's nightlife.
When the sun goes down,
night owls flock to the
Navigli district, where
two canals are lined with
a parade of bars and
restaurants. I filled up with
aperitivo, which is happy
hour with food. For a set

SHOP IN
STYLE
The 19th
century
Galleria
Vittorio
Emanuele
II shopping
mall in Milan
offers belle
époque
splendour
as well as
a great
range of
high-end
shops,
bars and
restaurants.
The large
beautiful
spaces make
it perfect
for a stroll,
an aperitif
or peoplewatching.

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