|The Duomo from Rinascente's rooftop restaurant
Bergamo is a good base to choose if you would like to visit Milan to do some fashion shopping.
There is an hourly train service from the railway station in Bergamo’s Città Bassa (lower town) to Milan and the journey takes less than an hour.
Rather than pay Milan prices for a hotel and meals you can return to Bergamo in the evening and enjoy the calm of the Città Alta (upper town) and choose from the wide range of good restaurants available.
When you arrive at Milano Centrale, the main railway station, take the Metro to Piazza Duomo where you will find the the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, which has plenty of upmarket shops and bars.
Opposite the Duomo is the department store Rinascente, which has several floors of fashion, cosmetics, jewellery and handbags as well as a restaurant with an amazing view of the roof of the Duomo and its gold statue.
One of the most exclusive streets in Milan for fashion is the Via Monte Napoleone, where the top designers have their studios and showcase their latest collections in their shop windows.
If you leave Piazza Duomo along Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II and walk to Piazza Babila you will find Milan’s famous shopping street goes off the square to the left.