Milan, the economic "capital" of Italy, is a bustling and stylish city, elegant and rich in history and art. A trip to Milan begins with its landmarks: il Duomo, Sforza Castle, the Royal Palace, and the Ambrosiana and Brera picture galleries that preserve some of the major artistic masterpieces of Italy and the world. Enchanting roads that are like museums and religious buildings; Santa Maria delle Grazie bears the signatures of Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci for his masterpiece The Last Supper. At the San Siro stadium, where big games are played, there is an attached museum that recounts the history of Milan's soccer clubs, Inter and AC Milan.
Castles, villas, characteristic neighborhoods, and waterways; at sunset, meet for dinner or aperitifs in Brera or along the Navigli (canals).
There are many recently rehabilitated areas to visit in Milan, such as the New Marina and Piazza Gae Aulenti, futuristically designed square.
There is luxury shopping along the fashion district among the designer boutiques in the area along Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. At other times of the year there is shopping along the Navilio Grande and Pavese, with the navigli antiques market, the most important in Milan.
The city often changes and is never boring, offering unexpected views and many opportunities for leisure, with cultural events, shows, activities through the streets, and exhibitions. Milan is also an important center of trade.
The feast of the city's patron saint, St. Ambrose, is celebrated every year on December 7th. The Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8th. At Christmastime the Oh Bej festival is held: an immense, extravagant market in an atmosphere of Christmas spirit.