Italy’s northern powerhouse, Milan has an atmosphere quite different to Rome and the south. It’s a modern city – at once a centre of fashion, design and finance – where artistic treasures are mostly found in museums and galleries rather than architecture. Without question Milan’s most revered work of art is Leonardo’s Da Vinci’s The Last Supper in Santa Maria della Grazie. A different kind of art appreciation goes on at La Scala, the city’s famous opera house, and the shops of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Heading on from Milan, it’s possible to travel as far as Varese or Pavia on a day-trip, while historical sights such as Morimondo Abbey are closer to the city.