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Milan is known for being one of Europe's most modern, cosmopolitan cities. It's well established as the fashion, business and financial capital of Italy. Yet it's also a historical, cultural treasure trove, filled with amazing churches, museums, parks, architecture, music, restaurants, and first-class shopping experiences. There's even a trendy canal district lined with boutiques, eateries and artisan booths.

There are so many things to do in Milan; you could easily enjoy a week in this city that was once the capital of the Western Roman Empire.

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1. Walk on the Rooftop of Il Duomo

The Milan Cathedral is over 650 years old and is certainly one of Italy's largest, most impressive duomos. The architecture is awe-inspiring, both inside and out. Take the steps or elevator to the rooftop terrace for an amazing view of the city, fantastic photo opportunities and close-up looks at the many towers and statues. The cathedral is the heart and soul of Milan, and a sight not to be missed. Go back again at night and see it lit up.

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