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Vacation in Milan: a guide to exploring the city

Milan is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, as it represents the perfect fusion of art, fashion, gastronomy and entertainment.

The Milanese city is most famous for being one of the fashion capitals of the world, full of luxurious shop windows from which you can admire the incredible designer clothes and furniture that Made in Italy has created.

A walk through the city’s historic center turns into a real journey to discover artistic and architectural gems capable of marveling at any age.

What to see in Milan: the most striking places to visit

Throughout the years, some of the greatest geniuses and artists from Italy and beyond have passed through the city of Milan, building small and large artistic beauties around the metropolis, which become witnesses to the various artistic currents that have alternated over the centuries.

Here is a brief guide of the must-see sights for a dream Milan vacation:

Duomo di Milano: The Duomo of Milan, in addition to being the center of the city, is also the iconic cathedral of the Gothic style. The structure, whose construction began in the late 1300s but took as many as 600 years to complete, features the typical spires of the Gothic style, and is dotted with numerous statues depicting the most diverse and curious subjects.

Brera: The Brera district represents one of Milan’s hidden gems, where history, culture, art and social life come together in a fascinating and cosmopolitan mix. Located in the city’s historic center, Brera is famous for its bohemian atmosphere, cobblestone streets, trendy cafes, art galleries and designer boutiques. Here you can find the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, a prestigious institution that houses a vast collection of artworks, including masterpieces by artists such as Caravaggio and Hayez. The Pinacoteca di Brera, located inside the academy, is a must-see for art lovers.

Castello Sforzesco: the imposing castle, whose construction was ordered by Francesco Sforza, was for centuries the home of the Sforza dynasty, while today it is one of the most fascinating structures in Milan, thanks to its marvelous defenses equipped with crenellated features.

Sempione Park: the park, located right next to the Castello Sforzesco, is one of the mandatory stops if you want to take a vacation in Milan. Sempione Park is the relaxing and green heart of downtown Milan that allows you to take a walk in the shade of the beautiful trees, or have a delicious lunch in the sun, thanks to the many kiosks inside.

Darsena and Navigli: Created to facilitate commercial transportation in Milan, Milan’s Navigli are nowadays a must-visit destination if you are planning to stay in the city. The center of Milan’s movida, the dock area offers many places to relax and enjoy the all-Italian vitality and fun.

Quadrilatero della moda: Italian fashion finds its heyday in the luxurious storefronts dotted around the fashion quadrilateral between  via Montenapoleone, Corso Venezia, Via Manzoni and the iconic Via della Spiga. In this luxurious and elegant area of Milan, it is possible to discover all the most refined and valuable garments displayed by the luxury brands that have written the history of Made in Italy. And this is precisely where the Portrait Milano luxury hotel is located, in the Quadrilateral Square, among luxury storefronts and restaurants, with access also from Via Sant’Andrea.

Luxury hotel: staying in the center of Milan

If you plan to spend a vacation in Milan, one of the most important aspects to consider is the location where you stay.

After a day spent strolling among the wonders the metropolis has to offer, there is nothing better than walking back to your hotel strolling through the fashionable stores in the center, and relaxing in your luxury suite.

Portrait Milano, located in the historic center of the city, precisely in the Quadrilatero della Moda, just a stone’s throw from the Duomo, is the perfect 5-star hotel for your vacation in Milan.

The hotel in Milan, which is part of Lungarno Collection, offers not only unparalleled attention to detail, but also numerous restaurants capable of satisfying the most refined palates, such as the 10_11 restaurant perfect for a sophisticated drink or dinner sampling Italian delicacies, or the Beefbar offering a wide range of the finest meats to make every dinner unforgettable.

The Portrait Milano has made hospitality and relaxation its core principles: for this reason, the hotel is the first in the world to host a signature spa, The Longevity Suite, including a swimming pool, round bath, sauna, relaxation area, gym and treatment rooms.