When most people think of taking a vacation in Italy, they think of the major romantic, historic and artistic destinations such as Rome, Venice or Tuscany. But for an avid lover of all things Italian, there is no reason to overlook the important city of Milan, which is the second largest city in all of Italy today.
Milan (or Milano in Italian) is thought more of as a commercial and business center of Italy than a tourist destination, particularly as the city suffered extensive damage during World War II. Even so, one will find incredible art treasures in Milan - a city where Leonardo da Vinci left a significant mark and influence on many artists who followed in his footsteps. Milan is also close to Northern Italy's magnificent Lake District, easily reachable by rail or by road. Milan is a very metropolitan, modern city with much to enjoy for those who love fine food, trendy shopping and various forms of entertainment.
In 2011, I spent five days in Milan during a two-week vacation split between several wonderful Italian destinations. Let me share with you some of the reasons why I think you should try to spend some time in Milan in the future as well.