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Exploring the Quadrilatero on a Milan Fashion Tour

February 17, 2015

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Milan Fashion

Whenever I tell people that I live in Italy, I’m met with oohs and ahhs and, “Italians are so fashionable!” My reality is that I live in a tiny town where I’m often transported back to the ‘80s. Perhaps it is a good thing, because it squashes my urge to shop. Until I hop the train to Milan, that is. Stepping off the metro at Via Montenapoleone is like walking in to runway fashion show. Elegant European women strut down the avenue in couture, Dior handbags dangling off their slender arms. It can be a little daunting, but with the help of an expert local guide on a Milan Fashion Tour, you’ll have the confidence to shop until you drop.

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Monza’s Racing History

February 3, 2015

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Racing Monza

One of the most popular Italian sports is motor racing, thanks in large part to the dominance of home-grown Ferrari over the years. Formula One is one of the best-loved series, and the home of the annual Formula One Italian Grand Prix is in Monza, just outside Milan.

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Milan Expo 2015

January 27, 2015

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Milan Trade Show Building

Starting in May of 2015, Milan will be hosting Expo 2015 – otherwise known as the 2015 World’s Fair – which will last for six months and draw countless visitors to the northern Italian city.

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Milan from Above: Hot Air Balloon Tour

January 13, 2015

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Lombardy countryside from above

One of the best ways to get your bearings in a place is to get up high – really high. Looking down over a city gives you a chance to see how one monument relates to another in space, not to mention the ability to see what might lie in the distance beyond the city limits. In Milan, you can climb to the top of the Duomo for a look around, but to get an even better view you’ve got to take to the skies – with, for instance, a hot air balloon flight.

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Milan Spa Tours

January 6, 2015

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Hot stone massage at a Milan spa

Milan may be home to one of the most delicately ornate cathedrals on earth and the exquisite “Last Supper” fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, but on the whole this isn’t a city known for its laid back qualities. This is Italy’s financial and business (not to mention fashion) center, and the pace can be a little fast for those of you who want to spend your vacation in a relaxing way. You don’t have to suffer through it, however, or skip the city entirely – just plan on spending a little time in one of the luxurious spas in Milan after a day or two of sightseeing to get your relaxation back on track.

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Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan

December 23, 2014

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Beautiful Lake Garda

Italy’s most famous lakes might be Lake Como or maybe Lake Maggiore, but the largest lake in Italy – and a popular day trip from many cities in the north – is Lake Garda.

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Visiting the Swiss Alps by Rail from Milan

December 10, 2014

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St Moritz

You could count me in the moment I saw the photo of the bright red train chugging along through Switzerland. On the Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan, the train ride is only part of the package – it’s so much more than a rail tour. Before stepping on the train, you first venture up north by bus, through the Lake District to the northern Italian town of Tirano, nestled amongst the Alps. From there, it’s all aboard the Bernina Express, a UNESCO world heritage route that travels through the Alps to the town of St. Moritz. Two countries and a handful of different towns all in one day? Right up my alley!

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Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

October 28, 2014

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Santa Maria della Grazie, where "The Last Supper" is in the refectory

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Tuscany and is often associated with the Florentine Renaissance, but many of his productive years were spent in Milan. Evidence of his artistic and scientific work is still in many areas of the city. Here is an overview of the places where you can see Leonardo’s handiwork in Milan.

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Leonardo da Vinci Half-Day Walking Tour including ‘The Last Supper’

October 15, 2014

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Santa Maria delle Grazie

The first stop in our Leonardo da Vinci walking tour of Milan was to the museum of the Codex Atlanticus. Made famous in recent years from the novel and Hollywood film the Codex Atlanticus is a collection of his notes and sketches. After his death the thousands of drawing and sketches were scattered. Recently collectors have brought them back to Milan and reassembled portions of his work. The sketches on display in the museum are from a period of time when Leonardo was experimenting with optics.

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Lake Como Day Trip from Milan

October 7, 2014

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Lake Como

Milan may be home to one of Italy’s busiest airports, but it’s not a city in which many tourists want to spend much time. It is, however, an ideal base from which to explore the gorgeous scenery around Lake Como.

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