Italy’s financial heart is known for banking, fashion, design, publishing, as well as being the City of Bribes (Tangentopoli), and home to the former rogue prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

The Duomo

Reputed to be the third largest church in the world after St. Peter’s and Seville’s Cathedral, the Duomo is rightfully known for its imposing spires, and dominates the center of the city. On the very top of the church is the Madonnina, a statue of the Madonna, a well known symbol of the city.

Take time to tour the inside of the Duomo, and then pay the fee to walk on the roof-top terrace. The views from the top of the Duomo are unforgettable because the roof is replete with spires and affords amazing views of the city. Afterwards stroll through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, famous for its elegant and expensive shops and cafes.

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The southwest section of Milan is home to the Naviglio canals. What remains are only vestiges of a major network of canals, formerly used to transport marble to build the Duomo.An outstanding restaurant in this section on Ripa di Porta Ticinese 55, is Al Pont de Ferr’, Tel 02 8940 6277, closed Sundays. Reservations are highly recommended. The first course offerings are not only innovative but outstanding.