Smart business travelers make time in their schedule to see the sights and get to know their destination. Turn a work trip to into a relaxing city break with these ideas on where to go and what to see in Italy’s style capital.
Milan – the ideal destination for a “bleisure trip” ©GETTY IMAGES
“Bleisure” travel, building downtime into a business trip or adding a vacation day or two at the end, is increasingly popular. It’s a trend that benefits companies and their employees, as it creates a better work/life balance, which in turn boosts productivity and leads to greater job satisfaction.
Milan, the undisputed business, fashion and media capital of Italy, is the perfect destination for a bleisure trip. Famed for its designer shopping, chic restaurants and bars, the city is an intriguing mix of old and new.
Ancient And Modern
There’s a wealth of historic buildings and art treasures to explore in Milan, but this forward-looking metropolis also boasts some stunning contemporary architecture. Gleaming skyscrapers punctuate the skyline in Porta Nuova, the new business district where many international businesses are headquartered. Nearby, a pair of lushly planted residential towers, the “Bosco Verticali” (vertical forests), have won numerous design awards.
Get to know what to see in Italy’s style capital with useful travel companions ©GETTY IMAGES
The centrally located Duomo, Milan’s most iconic building, is the ideal place to start a city tour—the impressive Gothic architecture is matched by the spectacular views from the roof. North of the Duomo is the fashion district, with Via Monte Napoleone at its beating heart. With a host of flagship designer stores, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon of browsing and window shopping.
No trip to Milan would be complete without “aperitivi”. After a day’s sightseeing, head to the Navigli, a hip canalside neighborhood, for an early evening cocktail or glass of wine.
In a city where business and fashion go hand in hand, bleisure travelers to Milan will appreciate a gift that is discreet but effortlessly stylish. Earrings that add an elegant finishing touch to an outfit in a fashion-forward setting; a sleek pen in a refined vintage rose for making notes on the go; or a chic luggage tag that will add a note of sophistication to a travel case or suit carrier will be estimated.
Swarovski has an unrivalled selection of stylish jewelry and accessories to make bleisure travel even more enjoyable—perfect gifts for business partners, co-workers and customers.
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