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Milan's Naviglio canal lights up over the first 10-days of June in celebration of the arrival of summer. Art stalls, live music, and theatrical performances lead up to the final day's climax of a parade, all showcasing the city's unique culture.
Though it's hard to imagine ever tiring of Italian culture, the Festival Latino Americano offers a change of pace from pasta and opera for over a month every year over July and August. A lively fiesta of workshops, music, food affairs and more, it puts Milano to a distinctly Latino tempo.
The city of Milan is renowned for its amazing curation of jazz bars, and in November of every year this culture fills the city for The Milan Jazz Festival. Known as JazzMi, it involves live music, photo exhibitions, documentaries and masterclasses held in various locations of the city including libraries, theatres, and archaeological sites.
Often hailed the most important collection of paintings in all of Italy - a country with plenty of important collections of paintings – Pinacoteca di Brera frequently sits atop recommendations when it comes to Milan sightseeing activities. Established in 1776, it is a lesson in both art and history.
The neo-classical building of the Royal Palace of Milan was once the city's most important government office. These days it serves as a culture centre and art museum, with past exhibitions featuring important figures like Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.
Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli are fashion royalty, the power couple at the head of Italian luxury label, Prada. Fondazione Prada is their playground, an ode to contemporary art and culture opened in 1995. The ultimate look into Milan's fashion scene, this museum is a must-do in the city.
From live Brazilian dance performances to African art instillations, the MUDEC aims to give an all encompassing view of the various cultures of our planet. A presentation of ethnography that's been in Milan less than 5-years, it offers a trip around the world without leaving central Milan.
Supposedly consumed in the 1st century BC, Costoletta alla Milanese has substantial history. A cut of veal usually served on the bone, it is crumbed, and butter fried often served with potato or salad. Try it at Trattoria Madonnina complete with authentic red and white chequered tablecloths.
You need not head to Naples for an authentic pizza experience, the world's beloved cheesy covered dough dish can be found right here in Milan. The city is often touted as inventing the mini pizza pockets (perhaps for the models?), but the best pizza in town is found at Gino Sorbillo.
Though in many parts of the world the word 'cornetto' refers to a wooden wind instrument or brand of ice-cream, here in Italy it's a pastry akin to the croissant. Sweeter and softer than the famed pastry of France, try it here in Milan at Pasticcerie Marchesi.
What would a stint in an Italian city be without a few scoops of gelato, the rich Italian take on ice-cream adored the world over? Head to Milan's Gelateria della Musica to try varieties like baked ricotta cheese with citrus or Sicilian brioche. They are known as the best crafters of mouth-watering artisanal gelato in the city.