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Milan is the financial and economic centre of Italy and also the heart of its communications and fashion industry.  It is renowned for its rich cultural life and numbers among its many attractions the Brera gallery.
It is a magnetic point for designers, artists, photographers and models. Milan has an ancient city centre with high and interesting buildings and palazzos, that is why so many people from all over the world want to see the city of glamour.
The Duomo (Cathedral) is second largest Catholic cathedral in the world: only the Cathedral of Seville is larger (St. Peter's Bascilica doesn't count because it's not a cathedral). It is 157 meters long and 40,000 people can fit comfortably within it.

The roofline of the Cathedral dissolves into openwork pinnacles that are punctuated by a grove of spires, topped with statues that overlook the city. The main spire is 109 meters high. These can all be investigated up close on a breathtaking walk on the roof - this is an absolute must!

Leonardo Di Vinci's famous fresco of the Last Supper can be found in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie.  Be sure to book well in advance though, if you want to see it, as this is one of the tourist hot spots in Milan.
A trip to Milan just wouldn't be complete without some designer shopping (or window shopping), for which it is famous for.
The best area is the Quadrilatero, around Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. For an interesting ramble, try the Navigli, the shabby but fascinating canal district, or the Brera, a picturesque quarter with a trendy, arty vibe. These last two are also good areas for evening promenades and nightlife.
The city is a big attraction for the 'Beckhams'! David Beckham has just signed for AC Milan on a 3 month loan from LA Galaxy. 

The Duomo (Cathedral)

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Bergamo is two towns in one – a high level, walled old town and a lower, modern town - connected by funicular. There are tourist offices in both parts.  This is an extremely pretty old town and there is little traffic and the narrow lanes offer a pleasant place to wander.
Here you will find on offer many sights of interest and architecural beauty.  In the lower town there is the famous Carrara Academy, art gallery, which is said to be one of the best in Italy with pictures by Botticelli, Bellini, Mantegna and Fra Angelico.  Nearby is the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum. 
At the heart of the old town is the Piazza Vechia; a wide square with pavement cafes and a fountain, surrounded by impressive medieval and renaissance buildings with a mixture of medieval and Renaisance architecture. 
Visit the 12th Century church of Santa Maria Maggiore.  The interior of the church has an octagonal dome and rich Flemish tapestries.  One of the church's most spectaular ornaments though is a 1705 wooden confesional, carved by Andrea Fantoni.  The tomb of the composer, Donizetti, is also in the church, whose operas include ‘Lucia da Lammemoor’ and ‘Elisir D’Amore’.
Next door is the ‘fabulously ornate’ Colleoni Chapel, which includes a statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni, a professional soldier, on a gold horse.
Not to be missed, is the weekly ”Naturalbergamo“ event in the lower town, held on a Saturday.  Wander down the Sentierone tree-lined avenue where you can purchase a whole range of natural products from ornamental candles, to cosmetics, herbal teas and liqueurs, as well as organic produce.


It may be a cliche, but Monza really does ooze history.  The track is not what it was, but the place is amazing.

Famous the world over as one of Formula One's greatest venues, with an ambience like no other race track in the world.

You really can feel the ghosts of races past in this autodrome that has held Grands Prix for more than 60 years.

The concrete banking on which F1 cars raced in the 1950s is still in place and the track, in a protected park, looks very much like it always has.

The Monza track has been hosting F1 races for over 80 years and is the favorite racing ground of Team Ferrari and the Italian spectators. Affectionately known as the "Cathedral of Speed" and the "Magic Race Track", F1 cars routinely exceed speeds of 360 km/h. Watch Formula 1 at Monza is normally September every year and a 90 minute drive from the apartment. 

For more information or to buy tickets visit www.italy-grand-prix.com or www.formula1.com


Colleoni Chapel