Milan, Italy travel tips

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If you want an excellent panettone, be sure to go to Garbagnati, the best-known baker in the city.

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Milan doesn't have many department stores, but one of the best and most prestigious is La Rinascente, which is just opposite the Duomo.

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If you have a sweet tooth, you have to go to Fabbica di Marroni Giovanni Galli, one of the best in the city.

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If you're shopping for wines, don't miss N'Ombra de Vin, which has an incredible selection.

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If you want designer fashion but don't want to pay the hefty prices, look at the Mercato del Sabato on Viale Papininao, where you can find designer apparel at bargain prices.

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Milan has an abundance of quality food shops. One of the best is Peck, which has been operating since the late 1800s.

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Keep in mind that many of the shops in Milan close for a couple of hours at midday.

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If you need to hail a taxi in Milan, keep in mind that the official ones are white.

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There is a lot of traffic in Milan, and it's not an overly pedestrian-friendly city, so be careful when you're walking.

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Even if Prada and Chanel are outside your budget, strolling through the Fashion District can still be a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Pickpockets tend to target the public transport system, so be wary and be careful with your belongings.

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As with any large city, avoid walking alone at night in deserted areas. This is especially true for women.

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Like any major city, Milan has its share of petty crime, so keep cameras and bags close to your body.

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Milan has a very efficient public transport system, so don't be shy about using it.

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Take a tour of the city on the Tram Turistico, a great way to see the city.

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Many Milanese nightclubs use the drinkcard system, in which you pay for your drinks at the door.

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The Shocking Club is one of the city's trendiest nightspots.

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If you want to experience Milan's nightlife and possibly spot some celebrities, head to Hollywood.

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If you're looking for English-language book stores, check out the American Bookstore or the English Bookshop.

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Everyone knows there are great fashion boutiques in Milan, but there are also great bookstores--check out Mondadori Multicenter, a whopper of a book store.

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