Since Leonardo da Vinci broke with his Last Supper, Milan go straight from Renaissance to the 21st-century. Today the city leads the European way with the largest post-war re-development in Italy, impressive, sustainable architecture and a futuristic skyline modelled by ZahaHadid, Daniel Libeskind and César Pelli.
And there’s more to come with ambitious plans to mould the city into a hi-tech hub, home to the likes of Google, Microsoft, Alibaba and Apple.
Milan is home to all the major design showrooms and an endless round of trade fairs.
And it’s not just insiders who have all the fun. Milanese fashion houses have branched out into spas, bars, hotels, galleries and restaurants. So, why not join them for a touch of ‘vita alla moda’ (the fashion life).