Milan: serious shopping and stylish sightseeing
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Famous for being one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan has both style and substance with some of the most luxurious shopping, galleries and stunning architecture in all of Italy. There are important historical sites at every corner. Even the most discerning of travellers can't fail to be amazed by what Milan has to offer. In the heart of the city you'll find Milan's cathedral, Il Duomo. One of the largest in the world, the unusual gothic architecture and sheer magnitude of the building are incredibly impressive. Adorned with spires, turrets and statues from top to bottom, the best way to get up close and personal with the Duomo is by going up onto the roof. For a small fee, you can wander along the very top of the cathedral, enjoying a breath-taking panoramic view of Milan as well as getting a better look at the famous gold statue of the Virgin Mary which sits in pride of place on the roof. The pathways and stairs are small, so it's best to try and steer clear of the Duomo during peak times to avoid all the other tourists. It's well worth the queue to get in though for the spectacular view of Milan that you won't get anywhere else. On a clear day you can even see the Alps in the distance.
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