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There is no better place to begin a tour of Milan than at its spiritual hub, the Duomo. The gargantuan Gothic cathedral (the third-largest church in Europe after St Peter’s in Rome and Seville’s cathedral) was begun in 1386 but not finished until 1813. Decorating the exterior are 135 pinnacles and over 3,400 marble statues from all periods.
You'll also want to be sure not to miss the Piazza del Duomo, or the Duomo rooftops while visiting this iconic area. Busy by day, Duomo is quieter in the evening so it's good for peaceful hotels.
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Walk down the 'washerwoman alley' for a truly beautiful stroll. Or try some of the many local food and restaurants along the canals. Partly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, Navigli is historic as well as lively, so be sure to explore its two remaining canals, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese.
This area is also known for its young and contemporary art galleries, such as Miradoli Arte Contemporanea.
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You'll find here plenty of streets to walk and cafes to people watch at. This area is also known for its trendy fashion boutiques. Porta Garibaldi is where to stay in Milan for those hoping to experience the local culture and art scene.
Plus, Porta Garibaldi is very well connected. Brera, Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como close neighbours. In addition there's a major railway station nearby and Milan city centre is only a Metro ride away.
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Take a stroll at the Brera Botanical Garden, originally created in 1300. Or try vintage shopping at one of the area's many boutiques (we recommend Cavalli e Nastri). Brera is also known for up-and-coming trendy restaurants and bars.
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Don't miss a visit to the Fondazione Prada. Created in 1993, this art centre hosts an eclectic selection of art shows and cinema showings. Or try your hand at the mix of experimental shops here. Mercatone dell’Antiquariato is a weekly antique market where many treasures can be found.
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If luxury shopping is your thing, Quadrilatero della Moda is a must stop. Some of the world's best high-end shops can be found here. Fashion lovers will also want to visit this area to see historical house museums such as The Museum of Costume, Fashion and Image (Palazzo Morando), Bagatti Valsecchi and Poldi Pezzoli.
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