Venture beyond the ruins of Rome and the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, and you’ll discover an entirely new side of Italy. Situated between the foothills of the Alps and the River Po, the sprawling metropolis of Milan is recognised as Italy’s financial hub and one of the world’s fashion capitals. Glass skyscrapers share the skyline with intricate Gothic spires, shops and restaurants are nestled among 15th-century canals, and contemporary art museums overlook cobblestoned piazzas.
Header Image: The Duomo, or cathedral, is one Milan’s most iconic monuments. A feat of Gothic architecture, its Italian marble facade, intricately carved windows, and lacelike ornamentation took five centuries to complete. It is one of the largest churches in modern Europe, able to accommodate more than 20,000 people. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREA FRAZZETTA