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In Milan, even the police are fashionable

The Life: Italy's economic and cultural capital is designed for tourists.

The uniforms of Milan's police officers have been styled by an Italian designer. 
Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters
The uniforms of Milan's police officers have been styled by an Italian designer. Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters

As Italy's economic and cultural capital, Milan offers business travellers an excellent opportunity to combine a work trip with a spot of sightseeing and leisure.

The centre of the northern Italian city and many of its attractions can easily be navigated on foot.

Wander through the streets and the well-dressed locals stand out. Even the uniforms of the city's police officers have been styled by an Italian designer.

One of the highlights of any trip to Italy is of course the cuisine. The city's array of trattorias for some delicious Italian food, followed by a rich, smooth espresso, is ideal for a business lunch.

Towards the end of the working day, Italian businessmen in their neatly fitted suits gather at the gelaterias in the economic district and discuss work and politics over ice cream.

A lot can be done with just one free day in Milan. A must see attraction is the Duomo. For €10 (Dh49), take the lift up to the top of the roof to admire the cathedral's architecture up close and enjoy views across the city.

Milan's Castello Sforzesco houses a number of museums and art galleries and it is well worth at least wandering around the grounds to admire the huge structure.

Check out an opera at La Scala. Splash out on clothes - or just window shop - in Via Montenapoleone, the city's fashion district, where you can find all the famous Italian designer names in one area.

If you are hoping to get a glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, which is housed in Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, be sure to book in advance. To preserve the condition of the famous painting, only 25 visitors are allowed in every 15 minutes.

And if you have more time and have had enough of the city, hire a car and escape it all by heading out to the picturesque Lake Como in the northern Italian lakes district.

rbundhun@thenational.ae

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