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Milan – more than just shopping

Milan is a historic city that draws millions every year.

 

Ciao, welcome to Milan!

Located in northern Italy, Milan is the perfect location to travel in Europe. With the fabulous Italian countryside to the south, the rugged mountains of Switzerland to the north and the vibrant vineyards of France to the west, Milan is truly a destination for all ages and desires.

FBI Travel Manager, Hayley Serebero, recently returned from a trip to Milan with support from British Airlines and Mandarin Oriental. To give you inspiration for your next Italian adventure, we spoke to Hayley about the best accommodation and the hottest spots to check out.

Stress-free from airport to hotel

Hayley flew British Airways from Heathrow into Milan’s Linate Airport – the closest and most convenient of the city’s two airports. With the highway from Linate to central Milan lined with ancient architecture, classical Italian designs and modern buildings, Hayley explained that the city wows you before you even step off the plane.

Staying at the Mandarin Oriental, Hayley enjoyed the beautiful surrounds of a contemporary deluxe room, which highlights quality Italian workmanship with a selection of custom-made furniture. The room offered a fantastic balcony view, allowing warm sunrays to light up the room through large windows.

The Feng Shui inspired hotel has a beautiful warm embrace, something that Hayley enjoyed right from the doorman greeting her on arrival. She noted that this personality translated perfectly through to the detail in the marble bathroom which offered a double vanity shower, among other luxuries.

If you are keen to explore Italian cuisine, you don’t even need to leave the hotel with Michelin-starred Seta restaurant located in the second courtyard. Led by Antonio Guida, one of Italy’s most celebrated chefs, you can take your taste buds on a true journey – sampling innovative culinary techniques across the contemporary Italian menu. With its black and white mosaic decor, wide glass windows and visible kitchen, Seta is more than a meal – it is a dining experience!

Milan – a city of wonder

Whether you have a day or week in Milan, Hayley suggests wearing a good pair of walking shoes. In-between shopping in the some of the world’s top fashion spots and enjoying an authentic Italian dinner, you’ll be jumping on the modern, reliable tram network – connecting Milan from all directions.

So, where else should you head?

1) Teatro alla Scala – Inaugurated in 1778, the world famous opera house draws emotions, regardless of whether you love opera or not. Of course, attending a show isn’t the only drawcard – you can also enjoy the works of art in the museum and explore the historical archives.

2) Sforza Castle – This beautiful Italian castle was built in the 15th century as a Visconti fortress. Visually, the castle is still amazing with its red-brick shining brightly across the grounds and moat on a sunny day.

3) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Milan is the world capital for fashion and this shopping centres is home to everything from Prada and Versase through to Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Of course, just make sure you have room in your luggage!

4) Maio restaurant – Located on the top floor of the La Rinascente shopping center, the Maio restaurant provides great views of the Duomo. With the choice to sit either inside or out, you can soak in the beautiful surroundings while enjoying the French bistro with Italian flair and style!

Planning an escape to Milan? Feel free to get in touch with Hayley and the team on call 1800 FLY FBI.

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