• Milan

Milan

Gothic facade of the Duomo

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Milan

Rome might be the capital, but Milan’s the pulsating and dynamic heart of Italy. This is a wealthy city where fashion, finance, industry set the pace. Here is where things are made and trends are forged. Since Roman times this city has been at the crossroad of every trade; its ancient name, Mediolanum means exactly that – the crossroad. But despite its often frenetic rhythm, Milan holds also many quaint and romantic corners, especially around its old waterways, the Navigli. Be captivated by the mystery of Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ and admire the thousand candid spires of Milan’s most loved monument, the gothic Duomo.

LGBT Info – For many years the traditional heart of the LGBT community has been Via Sammartini, right to the side of the central railway station. Progressively new bars are opening in other zones, such as around the Porta Venezia area.


Gaytway Guide to Milan

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    • The Duomo & The Galleria
    • Milan’s Duomo, its pure Gothic cathedral with its forest of spires is truly enormous and the Milanese consider it the symbol of the city, especially the Virgin’s gilded statue on the top of the tallest spire. To the left of the Duomo is the covered shopping arcade known colloquially as The Galleria (its full name is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II), which is one of the oldest in the world and is also a symbol of the city, with its ornate floor and iron & glass cover.

    • The Scala
    • No introduction is needed for this temple of everything opera and classical music. If you’re into these arts your visit to Milan must include a trip to the Scala, though tickets can be difficult to get at short notice. The opera season traditionally starts on 7 December, St Ambrose’s Day, when the theatre sees a parade of every wealthy Milanese in their finest outfits.

    • Shopping 'till you Drop
    • Being the capital of Italian fashion, it is not difficult to imagine that most of the main names in the field have their flagship stores here in Milan. So predictably the city offers an amazing choice of shopping options but the best area for haute couture purchases is not far from the Duomo, around the Via Montenapoleone. You need to have a very substantial shopping budget to buy anything here, but if you don’t then go anyway and see the well heeled Milanese and visitors sporting the latest fashion trends.

    • The Last Supper
    • Leonardo painted the Last Supper on the wall of the refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in 1495. It is possibly one of the most famous art piece ever produced and no visit to Milan is complete without at least a quick glance at the masterpiece. However the queues can be horrendous, so pre-book your visit in advance to avoid disappointment!

    • Brera
    • Brera is an artists' neighbourhood and a place of bohemian atmosphere, sometimes referred to as "the milanese Montmartre”. It’s a great place to come in the evenings for the large concentration of bars & restaurants, as well as for its relaxed feel, while during the day it is a destination because of its famous Pinacoteca, which houses a world-class collection of Renaissance masters.

    • The Navigli
    • Back in the old days a lot of the trade that made Milan such a thriving city happened via a network of canals that connected the city to the main waterways and ultimately the sea. Today the canals are no longer used for that purpose but the area south of the city maintains a lot of these beautiful canals, called The Navigli. This neighbourhood is particularly pretty and at nights boasts many interesting restaurants and cosy bars.
  • Blanco Bar

    Born as a relative of Blanco Formentera and as the name suggests this gay friendly bar boasts an all-white decor and is famous for its trendy cocktails & aperitivi.

    Club 23

    A discobar located on the main gay street of Milan. A mostly youngish crowd and occasional shows.

    Confused

    A new discobar in the Via Sammartini gay area of Milan. Elegant and with a mixed crowd. Various shows, including strippers on Fridays.

    G Street

    A new gay bar located on the gay street Via Sammartini. Very good drinks selection and go-go dancers.

    KO Club

    A small bars with male strip shows and drag performances by Mercedes. Some cabins in the basement. Some escorts.

    LeccoMilano, Un Buco di Bar

    A popular bar with an international crowd, open since 2014 and expanded in 2015.

    Lelephant

    A gay lounge with some varied music, from the 80s to today.

    Mono Bar

    Located in the area of Porta Venezia, Mono has a retro & international feel and is a perfect place for an aperitivo or cocktail. Mixed crowd.
  • Magazzini Generali

    Magazzini Generali is a polyfunctional venue that hosts the popular MaGAYzzini Generali night on Saturdays.

    One Way Club

    A Saturday night club in Sesto San Giovanni. Attracts an older, bearish and more muscular crowd.

    Track Milano

    Track is a new club in Northeast Milan, open on Saturday night. 

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