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Florence or Milan?!

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Florence or Milan?!

I will be traveling to Italy on June, would like to choose either Florence or Milan to stay in, which one would you suggest to stay in?

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1. Re: Florence or Milan?!

It is completely dependent on what your interests are.

Get and read a guidebook.

Albion, New York
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2. Re: Florence or Milan?!

Milan is no doubt a fascinating city and one day I hope to explore it in some depth. However, for sheer number of historic, artistic, and culinary treasures, Florence is hard to beat. As stated above, a good guide book will outline your options.

Edited: 15 May 2018, 07:23
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I agree entirely with datthecoast.

The two cities are wildly different. The areas they are in are wildly different. People visit them for wildly different reasons. The kinds of people who live there are very different. The bread is different.

Do some research on your own, then come back to either this board or the Milan forum and ask specific questions.

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4. Re: Florence or Milan?!

Florence = art, history, galleries, you can also shop.

Milan = shopping, design, more modern.

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Google (for what it's worth):

Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.



Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”




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6. Re: Florence or Milan?!

Apples and oranges...

Milan is the financial capital of Italy and you won’t find hoards of tourists here. There’s plenty to see and do, it’s just not as obvious as other, more touristy, places.

Florence is all about art and one of the big tourist destinations.

If it’s your first time to Italy, would probably go to Florence.

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Florence!! I think you can enjoy more art and Italian rinascimento. Milan is awsome too, but is more for fashion addicted ;)

Enjoy italy, Alex


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I spent two nights, one day in Milan and could have used one more day, but that's all. OTOH, I have been to Florence three times and feel like I've just scratched the surface.

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