Milan has the best entertainment options of all Italian cities. Opera and ballet at La Scala are of the highest standard; there are more good nightclubs and concerts than anywhere else in Italy; and Milan’s restaurants, bars and theatres all add to the visitor’s experience.
La Scala is one of the world’s greatest opera houses, and is the best place in Italy for watching high-quality opera and ballet.
For a pleasant evening passeggiata, or stroll, the Brera district is one of the nicest places to wander, dropping into enticing bars or restaurants, or people-watching from a pavement table. There’s a trendy buzz, and on busy evenings the little streets are thronged with tourists, Milanesi and itinerant chancers trying to sell you trinkets or read your fortune.
There are many good restaurants in Milan offering all kinds of cuisine and ambience. Many cheaper options, including fast-food restaurants, can be found in the area close to the Duomo – head just off the main streets if you’re looking for a quieter trattoria or pizzeria. The Brera area has several stylish restaurants as well as bars, and other good areas for eating out include the Navigli and the Ticinese neighbourhoods. Regional specialities to sample include risotto alla milanese (rice which is yellow with saffron and bone marrow), ossobucco (a veal dish with vegetables), polenta and a wide range of cakes and desserts.
Milan is Italy’s clubbing capital, and there’s plenty to do at night, especially around the Navigli and Brera districts. Check a listings magazine like Hello Milano (www.hellomilano.it) or ViviMilano (www.vivimilano.it) to get an idea of which venues might suit your tastes.
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