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What do you think about when you are in Milan? One thing is certain — in Italy's fashion and design capital, there is beauty to be found around every corner.

The six experiences below vary in content, length, costs and maximum group size, but one offer a unique glimpse to this spectacular city has to offer:

Enjoy the art of the appetizer

A two-hour twilight tour of Milan's Navigli district is a great way to spend a night in the city. Just like the locals, participants take a traditional early evening stroll (walk), guided by a local insider who creates an introduction apertivo tour, or a pre-dinner cocktail hour — which typically means an Aperol spritz. Participants discover this charming area, a favorite among locals, where to hopping bars and nightlife line the placid canal. In addition, tour guides delve into the history of the appetizer, finishing with a delicious cocktail and a chance to savor local Milanese snacks. The residents of the city And visitors who enjoy drinking and nightlife might even enjoy visiting the elegant Mandarin Bar & Bistro at the elegant Mandarin Oriental Milan.

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Take a Milan Fashion Tour

Armani, Prada, Tods, Zegna — these are just some of the many fashion houses that call Milan home. During this fashion-in-milan” target=”_blank” class=”color-link”>3-hour Milan Fashion Tour, guests explore the city's fashion-forward destinations, including the Quadrilatero D’Oro (Golden Quad) and smaller shops showcasing Milanese trends. You’ll learn about Milan’s rise to power in the fashion world and visit a number of different glamorous designer stores. In the process, you will discover why all the top designers have set up headquarters here and what this means for world fashion. To truly take that passion for fashion to the next level, stay at the armani-milano.en-gb.html?aid=356980;label=gog235jc-1DCAsocUINYXJtYW5pLW1pbGFub0gzWANopAKIAQGYAQm4AQfIAQzYAQPoAQGIAgGoAgO4ArLqmOkFwAIB;sid=cc02d422d24445817f7edc60792a0e41;dist=0&keep_landing=1&sb_price_type=total&type=total&” target=”_blank” class=”color-link”>Armani Hotel Milan, a hotel whose name is synonymous with high fashion and design.

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Savor the city’s culture

For those visitors who have limited time in the city — perhaps, even just a long layover — one option is to take a private walking tour that includes stops at the citys top cultural attractions. En route, participants visit the iconic Cathedral cathedral, the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, the renown The Scala Theater, the Sforza Castle and more. Plus, they get to taste Campari and learn why Milan is considered the capital of the aperitif. Skip-the-line tickets are a great time-saver. And for those staying longer, the Hotel Principe di Savoia Milan is conveniently located near the railways station.

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Head to Lake Como

Milan is considered the gateway to Italy’s Lakes Region: The drive from Milan to Lake Como or Lake Maggiore is about 90 minutes; to Lake Garda, about two hours. This full-day private excursion to Lake Como—Home to everyone from George Clooney to Giorgio Armani — allows participants to sink into an air-conditioned car with passionate guide who points out to the gems of the area both sides of the lake. Guests will also enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Como. And if you don't want to leave Lake Como, stay at the elegant Villa D’Este in Cernobbio.

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Decode Da Vinci

Guests who book The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci offer at the Mandarin Oriental, Milan (which requires a two-night minimum stay) will have a special treat in store. In addition to enjoying sumptuous hotel accommodations (including a full breakfast), you´ll take a private four-hour tour for two that features an opportunity to see Da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper, at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. You also visit the nearby Da Vinci Vineyard, which the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sorza, gave to Leonardo as payment for that masterpiece, and get to view the twelve-volume Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection of drawings, writing, sketches and descriptions of Da Vinci’s inventions.

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This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products we think you’ll love. Featured products are selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

What do you think about when you are in Milan? One thing is certain — in Italy's fashion and design capital, there is beauty to be found around every corner.

The six experiences below vary in content, length, costs and maximum group size, but one offer a unique glimpse to this spectacular city has to offer:

Enjoy the art of the appetizer

A two-hour twilight tour of Milan's Navigli district is a great way to spend a night in the city. Just like the locals, participants take a traditional early evening stroll (walk), guided by a local insider who creates an introduction apertivo tour, or a pre-dinner cocktail hour — which typically means an Aperol spritz. Participants discover this charming area, a favorite among locals, where to hopping bars and nightlife line the placid canal. In addition, tour guides delve into the history of the appetizer, finishing with a delicious cocktail and a chance to savor local Milanese snacks. The residents of the city And visitors who enjoy drinking and nightlife might even enjoy visiting the elegant Mandarin Bar & Bistro at the elegant Mandarin Oriental Milan.

Book Now

Take a Milan Fashion Tour

Armani, Prada, Tods, Zegna — these are just some of the many fashion houses that call Milan home. During this fashion-in-milan” target=”_blank” class=”color-link”>3-hour Milan Fashion Tour, guests explore the city's fashion-forward destinations, including the Quadrilatero D’Oro (Golden Quad) and smaller shops showcasing Milanese trends. You’ll learn about Milan’s rise to power in the fashion world and visit a number of different glamorous designer stores. In the process, you will discover why all the top designers have set up headquarters here and what this means for world fashion. To truly take that passion for fashion to the next level, stay at the armani-milano.en-gb.html?aid=356980;label=gog235jc-1DCAsocUINYXJtYW5pLW1pbGFub0gzWANopAKIAQGYAQm4AQfIAQzYAQPoAQGIAgGoAgO4ArLqmOkFwAIB;sid=cc02d422d24445817f7edc60792a0e41;dist=0&keep_landing=1&sb_price_type=total&type=total&” target=”_blank” class=”color-link”>Armani Hotel Milan, a hotel whose name is synonymous with high fashion and design.

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Savor the city’s culture

For those visitors who have limited time in the city — perhaps, even just a long layover — one option is to take a private walking tour that includes stops at the citys top cultural attractions. En route, participants visit the iconic Cathedral cathedral, the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, the renown The Scala Theater, the Sforza Castle and more. Plus, they get to taste Campari and learn why Milan is considered the capital of the aperitif. Skip-the-line tickets are a great time-saver. And for those staying longer, the Hotel Principe di Savoia Milan is conveniently located near the railways station.

Book Now

Head to Lake Como

Milan is considered the gateway to Italy’s Lakes Region: The drive from Milan to Lake Como or Lake Maggiore is about 90 minutes; to Lake Garda, about two hours. This full-day private excursion to Lake Como—Home to everyone from George Clooney to Giorgio Armani — allows participants to sink into an air-conditioned car with passionate guide who points out to the gems of the area both sides of the lake. Guests will also enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Como. And if you don't want to leave Lake Como, stay at the elegant Villa D’Este in Cernobbio.

Book Now

Decode Da Vinci

Guests who book The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci offer at the Mandarin Oriental, Milan (which requires a two-night minimum stay) will have a special treat in store. In addition to enjoying sumptuous hotel accommodations (including a full breakfast), you´ll take a private four-hour tour for two that features an opportunity to see Da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper, at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. You also visit the nearby Da Vinci Vineyard, which the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sorza, gave to Leonardo as payment for that masterpiece, and get to view the twelve-volume Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection of drawings, writing, sketches and descriptions of Da Vinci’s inventions.

Book Now

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