Eurail train pass summer tour: Milan

With a Eurail Train pass you are guaranteed to enjoy a summer in Italy.  Italy has over 16,000km of railroad tracks across its beautiful landscape shows that your Eurail train pass is more than just for transportation.  When in Italy, Milan is the business, fashion and cultural center of Europe that is not to be missed.

Let’s start with a few historical sites worth visiting while in Milan.  The Duomo is the residence of the Archbishop of Milan and features incredible gothic architecture and is a beacon of the Catholic faith. The Sforza Castle is another landmark of Milan, home of the Sforza family who ruled here in the 14th and 15th centuries and surrounded by a walled hunting park. There are several museums; one is home to an art collection which includes Michelangelo’s last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà, Andrea Mantegna’s Trivulzio Madonna and Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Trivulzianus manuscript.  No Italian holiday in Milan would be complete without seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper which is a mural that covers the back wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Milan is the home of two of the biggest fashion houses in the world: Armani and Versace.  So you know it can fulfill all your shopping and fashion fantasies.  The star of Milan’s shopping is found in the Quadrilatero d’Oro or the Golden Quad. Here you’ll find the biggest names in fashion like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada and Valentino too all in one place. It’s also just a great place to window shop if it’s out of your budget.  For more affordable high-street shopping along with some of Milan’s bigger names, you can take a trip to the lovely Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – a 19th century shopping mall that’s been beautifully preserved – or to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a covered shopping street packed with popular international brands.

So with your Eurail train pass, Milan is the main stop in Italy for shopping and fashion, and can be a lot of fun just exploring and window shopping.

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