When unable to decide whether heading for the fresh and busy North or the hot and lazy South (forgive us for the use of cliches) you're well advised go to Milan: A city that has everything up its sleeve to counterbalance any complex traveller's ambivalence. But even when you're the type who knows exactly what he wants, the strong character of this North Italian metropolis will satisfy your wanderlust.
With the Alps massif always in sight distance, it might be the closeness to North Europe and a fresh mountain breeze that make Milan such a busy, rich and successful place. With a focus on fashion, design and furniture the city regularly turns into a hotspot for the international scene. Crowds of visitors do then indulge in the stylishness of shops, yummyness of restaurants and hipness of galleries. It's especially easy to get on overdose of these in the Navigli district, a historic quarter named for the canals that run through this area. Its modern offerings and its historic location will make you feel out of space, like in a fantastic wonderland somewhere between the North and the South.
The latter is an immanent character that adds an important zest to Milan's atmosphere. There are these incredibly well dressed Italians with their excellent leather shoes; there is this hot Italian temperament; there is the best Italian food that will make you wish for a stomach enlargement; there are these picturesque old houses wherefrom the color is unexcitedly peeling off; there is this surreal amount and beauty of domes and historic artworks remind that remind you that you're in one of those countries that strongly shaped European culture; there is the heat in August when everyone takes off and an easy going atmosphere takes over. In short, Milan features all these things that we love the South of Europe for – just without those squat toilets.