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Milan see + do
Nobody ever accused Milan of being too beautiful. However, it's a city that inspires deep love and loyalty thanks to its brio, its confident sense of style, and its winning combination of Mediterranean lifestyle and northern Italian efficiency. And, of course, its shopping. Sightseeing plays second fiddle to the city's endless retail opportunities, but while Milan is not in the same league as Rome, Florence, or Venice as a città d'arte, it does have plenty of worthwhile sights, from its spectacular Gothic Duomo to the opulent Teatro alla Scala. The contemporary-art scene is vibrant, playing out between long-running public institutions such as the Triennale museum, private exhibition spaces such as the Fondazione Prada, and a small army of commercial galleries. It's worth getting away from the central fashion strip to explore some of Milan's characterful quartieri. The Brera neighborhood northwest of the Duomo is a classy laid-back area full of cafés, antique shops, quirky left-field boutiques, and art-supply stores. To the southwest, the Navigli district takes its name from the network of canals that once gave landlocked Milan an outlet to the River Po and the sea; today, the area has an artsy, neo-Bohemian vibe, with funky clothes shops, artists' studios, craft workshops, and plenty of happening trattorias, bars, and nightclubs to choose from.