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Known as Italy’s centre of industry, Milan has the same reputation when it comes to its urban architecture: industrial with lots of grey tones. And though the city was heavily bombed in the Second World War, there are still many beautiful attractions and excellent examples of Milan’s varied architectural and design history, such as the Duomo with its gothic spires and flying buttresses, or clusters of Liberty-style apartment buildings which knit together Art Nouveau flourishes and classical elements.
Today, Milan is booming as new high-rises and skyscrapers, like Bosco Verticale, are rearranging the skyline and arts institutions like Fondazione Prada are bolstering an already-bright cultural scene dotted with bars, restaurants, galleries and plenty of shops.