Experience the city of Milan at its most glamorous on a 3-hour tour of the city’s fashion landmarks, elegant boutiques and cutting-edge shopping areas. Get an insider’s view of the fashion scene as you take walk along Via della Spiga and Via Monte Napoleone. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. Your first stop will outside the impressive Palazzo Morando, right in the heart of Milan’s famous Quadrilatero della Moda. Once the home of Countess Lydia Morando Bolognini, who bequeathed it to the city council in 1945, it is now the civic Costume and Portrait Museum. The stately mansion has been maintained in the style of a private 18th-century aristocratic dwelling and houses a delightful collection of period costumes and paintings of historical Milan. In an hour you are back on the streets, which exude that unique blend of style and understated elegance so typical of Milan. As you window-shop your way around the top names in designer heaven and get a tantalizing glimpse of the following season’s collections, your fashion-loving guide will reveal what life was like here before this small patch of the city became the most sought-after location for the leading ateliers, making Milan the undisputed style capital of Italy. Beautifully austere neo-classical façades closely guard the lives of Milan’s haute-bourgeoisie and aristocracy, who decided to build their homes here on the grounds of medieval convents with sheltered cloisters. It’s hard to imagine a more charming place dedicated to luxury than the cobbled street of Via della Spiga or a more dazzling display of windows than Via Monte Napoleone. It’s then time to sample that other great Milanese invention, the ritual aperitivo, at one of the city’s most exclusive locations.

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