Milan quietly powered Italy for centuries but may be on the verge of a higher profile than ever before. With a gross domestic product of $245.9 billion in 2018, its Porta Nuova District alone boasts a larger economy than four-fifths of the world’s countries, making it the richest neighborhood in Europe. Already a leader in fashion, publishing, manufacturing, banking and more, as Milan steps further into the spotlight in the wake of Brexit, the timing is perfect for a business trip here.
It all starts with coffee in Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s spiritual and commercial heart. Meet clients for a standing espresso at Bar Duomo for a head-on view of the cathedral’s ghostly white spires, or sit down to a morning cappuccino and croissant around the corner at Giacomo Caffè. You’ll find the most luxurious breakfast at the historic Caffè Motta inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
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