The bustling Via Dante, a fashionable shopping street leads into Largo Cairoli, dominated by the imposing Monument to Garibaldi, sculptured by Ettore Ximenes in 1895. The bronze figures on the pedestal symbolize Revolution and Liberty.
From either side of the monument extend the arms of the treeshaded boulevard, Foro Buonaparte, flanking the Sforzesco Castle in its semi-circular embrace. Behind the monument the short Via Beltrami leads right into the pleasantly landscaped Piazza Castello.
Before you get to Milan, check out the calendar of events at Fiera Milano. There are multiple exhibitions and fairs going on concurrently, and you can get there via the Metro.
We attended a trade show that was free to people in my field (I registered online before leaving home), and we found that it was an interesting way to spend an afternoon, and a fun way to mingle with Milanese families.
The horse sculptures in the photo were advertising a horse exhibition.
Metro tickets to Fiera Milano cost 1-2 euros more than a regular ticket, but on the other hand, your admissions badge is good for a 10% discount at 200+ participating restaurants in the city. Download a list on the Fiera Milano website.
Note: The ticket machines at Rho seem to be for trains rather than Metro, so buy your return tickets from a snack shop in the Metro station.
A block of Armani
Via Manzoni 31 is the address for all Armani fans visiting Milan. The whole block is filled with Armani shops, including (but no limited to) Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans and Armani Casa. Two full floors are devoted to items of high fashion. All aspects of life are catered -- may your need be a celebration, strict business suit or just something easy to wear, you should find something here.
The location of the store complex is good, just next to Montenapoleone metro station. One of the high fashion streets, Via Monte Napoleone, starts nearby the southern corner of the store.
There are also some extra perks, such as a Japanese restaurant Nobu, Armani Caffe and a chocolate delicatessen Armani Dolci. Prepare yourself with some time and thick wallet.
It's supposed to be frequented by Models, etc, but it wasn't really that nice. it has great music, but OVERPRICED drinks!!! 20,000 ITL..that's NUTS! Dress well..it might help you get in!
We arrived by train from...
We arrived by train from Venice. Be careful to get on the 'ES' train and not the 'IC' train. We accidentially got on the 'IC' train and it took a lot longer because you make a lot of stops.
We took the bus everywhere we needed to go in Milan. Its a pretty big city so you can't walk to everything there.