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Three Perfect Days: Milan

Italy’s financial hub may not have the historical flourishes of cities like Rome, Venice and Florence, but scratch its famously stylish surface and you’ll find a wealth of world-class art, architecture and design

Author Clodagh Kinsella Photography Susan wright

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world’s oldest shopping mall, opened in 1867

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1.3 million

Number of fashion weeks each year

Year of the first Milan fashion week

Years it took to finish the most recent restoration of Da Vinci’s “The last supper”

Estimated 2014 revenue of the Milan-based Italian fashion industry
$85 Billion

Capacity of the Duomo, Italy’s largest church



3pd_sidebarKicking and Screaming

Sibling rivalry animates Milan’s top soccer clubs

The power tussles between Mil comparison to those of its two Serie A soccer teams—A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano, aka Inter—which share a home in the massive San Siro stadium. The bitter rivalry dates back to 1908, when a single Milanese club had an acrimonious split. The enmity extends to politics: Traditionally Inter has appealed to the city’s affluent classes, while A.C. Milan is popular with blue-collar residents. And, while the lines between the teams blurred after media tycoon and former PM Silvio Berlusconi bought A.C. Milan in 1986, there’s little in the way of fraternity between the two sets of fans.

 (Image by Fabio Iona/Corbis)

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The inside scoop from those in the know

3pd_face_1Giuseppe Ielasi


“HangarBicocca is an amazing gallery that organizes several large-scale shows each year. Recent exhibitions by Mike Kelley and Dieter Roth were fantastic.”

3pd_face_2Alessia Rizzetto

PR professional

“In Porta Ticinese you’ll find the best bakery in town, Panificio Zerbino. The chefs at Al Mercato Burger Bar order their bread here. Go early for tiny, crisp and oily focaccine warm from the oven.”

3pd_face_3Federico Dalla Chiusa

Palazzo Parigi concierge

“Nottingham Forest, Milan’s best cocktail bar, is cozy, and there’s no VIP treatment for anyone—no matter if you are George Clooney, you line up!”

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