IT’S THE ITALIAN FASHION CAPITAL FOR A REASON, BUT OFFERS FAR MORE THAN JUST STYLE. STILL, LEAVE THE TRACKIES AT HOME.
Milan is not so much a city, as a highly-interactive fashion shoot – with restaurants. Spend time in this almost preternaturally cool corner of northern Italy, and you’ll soon think you’ve wandered on to Planet of the Models. Which isn’t far off. But amid the fashion frenzy are rich historic monuments, secondto-none art and architecture, and a food scene that defes belief (and the Milanese’s skinny waistlines). It may not have Rome’s air of antiquity, but Milan has a richer mix of today and yesterday – and a nightlife that’s not only fabulous, but a feast for the eyes.
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2. COTTON POLO SHIRT, $508, BY FASHION FOOD LOAFERS Milan is best and busiest during Fashion Week (June for men; September for the ladies). Weather-wise, June is the better option, as days are long and you can promenade the length of Corso Garibaldi in short sleeves and drink in its many cool bars.
(the furniture fair), in mid-april, is a magnet for designloving types; early December features opening night for Walk and people-watch as much as possible, and you absolutely must see the Duomo. This colossal cathedral is darkly fascinating inside, with the most vibrant of stained glass. But what you can experience outside is even more memorable. An expensive ticket buys a lift to the rooftop, but we suggest taking the stairs to follow in the footsteps of the faithful who’ve climbed this way for hundreds of years. The view of Milan from the top is incomparable. Be sure, also, to