03_milan_944x450Milan is world-renown as one of the most beautiful and lively cities in Europe. In fact in the travel industry, Milan breaks are considered by many as the, say, epitome of grandiosity and style. If you’re planning a trip there you may already be excited enough about the various sights and change of scenery, but to really get the most out of this rare and wonderful opportunity, there are a few things in the city you simply must see and do.

This one was probably on your list from the start, but its magnificence bears repeating. Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper is one of the most famous paintings in the world, and on display in a refectory attached to the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. Though it is an incredible experience to see the piece with your own eyes, you should plan this particular outing in advance, as tickets are notoriously hard to come by.

If you find yourself a little overwhelmed by the size of the city, then why not find your bearings from the roof of the Duomo di Milano. This Gothic cathedral, which took almost 500 years to complete, is quite the spectacle from the outside, but for a truly breathtaking view visitors can climb the 150 steps to the roof. Here, you can see some 3,600 exhibited statues and 135 spires, and look out across a living, bustling map of the whole of Milan.

On the other hand, ancient history isn’t quite your thing, be sure to check out another icon of the city; the original yellow-orange trams with varnished wood and fluted glass lampshades, which cruise leisurely past some mesmerizing, and unmistakably Italian sights. Alternatively, you can now book a ride on the ATMosfera, a vintage tram which serves delicious food.

Of course, no trip to a European city would be complete without spoiling yourself with a good shopping spree! The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, boasting its glass dome, beautiful mosaics and marble floors, is one of the most glamorous malls you could ask for. Some of its famous traits include having the world’s first Prada store, erected in 1913. The famous Italian fashion scene has thrived since then, with Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani, and most recently Versace all having a presence there.

After all this, if you feel the need to wind down, you can always take a short trip to the south of the city to float lazily down the Navigli waterways. These pleasant canals are lined with pavement cafes, unique shops, and even the occasional gallery. Whatever your tastes, you’re bound to find something on the soothing boat journey to ignite your curiosity.