Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mallDay 1: Start exploring Milan with a short walking tour. Your first stop is the Duomo, the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Then visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, five minutes away. It is said to be the oldest shopping mall in the world, bursting with high-end stores. Marvel at La Scala, one of the worlds’s famed opera houses and visit the museum there. Then proceed to Castello Sforzesco, a former palace that houses an art museum today to view Michelangelo’s last work ‘Rondanini Pieta’. By now you would be starving so have your lunch at Di Gennaro (+39 2805 3454), the daddy of pizzerias in Milan. Concentrate your energy on shopping for the rest of the afternoon. The shopping quadrangle between Duomo Square, Cavoure Square and San Babila Square, filled with boutiques and showrooms, is the area to focus on today. Dine at Da Abele with locals and get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine and enjoy a musical performance at La Scala, the musical jewel of Milan.Day 2: Today you have a date with the snow-capped mountains at Lake Como, just 30 minutes away from Milan. The wonderful old churches and temples deserve a quick look. Take a look at the exquisite villas that Lake Como is known for when you take a boat tour on this magnificent lake. Disembark at the quaint town of Bellagio. Stop for lunch at La Punta (+39 031 951 888) and dine on fresh lake fish on its panoramic terrace. Bursting with handicraft, antique and souvenir shops Bellagio is the place to make a special buy. Water sport enthusiasts will find all they need at Cavalcalario Outdoor Club. Return to Milan and dine at Trattoria Milanese (+39 02 8645 1991), serving traditional Italian cuisine since 1933.advertisementDay 3: Get out of the city to discover one of Italy’s most scenic secrets when you tour Cinque Terre; meaning five lands. This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises of five lovely fishing islands interlinked by walking paths and a train line. The highlight here is the Via dell’Amore (Lovers Lane) walk, a gentle 20-minute stroll along a scenic coastal path to Riomaggiore, with romantic vistas over the Mediterranean Sea. After exploring the islands of Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, and La Spezia settle down at Riomaggiore and lunch at the quaint Ristorante and bar Gli Ulivi (+39 187 760 020). Tour the fishing wharfs and sample locally produced wine from historic vineyards.Day 4: Visit Santa Maria delle Grazie church to take in the magnificence of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’. Be sure to book this viewing in advance as this is the most sought after and protected historical item in Milan. No trip to Milan is complete without a glimpse of its many museums. Do try to see at least two of the top four–The Ambrosian Art Gallery, The Sforza Castle’s Art Gallery, Brera Art Gallery and the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum. As dusk falls make your way to the Navigli, a network of canals of which only two survive, a lively place in Milan. A boat trip on the canals makes for a perfect ending to your holiday.Must see: Duomo, the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world.Must shop: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, said to be the oldest shopping mall in the world. It is full of high-end designer stores.Must eat: Scrumptious pizzas at Di Gennaro, one of the best pizzerias in the city.