Life in Milan is most pleasant. The French writer Stendhal was captivated by its liveliness and gaiety. He wished his tomb to be inscribed with the words: "Henry Beyle Milanais". The most frequented parts of Milan are in the heart of the city. Near the Cathedral, at the Galleria, the centre of political and social life, the Milanese come to talk or read on the terraces of the big cafes. Fashionable shops are to be found in Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Corso Venezia and also along Via Monte Napoleone, where the antique shops are. The cabarets are around Piazza San Babila. The most remarkable gardens are the Parco Sempione and the Giardini Pubblici near the Bastioni Porta Venezia. The Scala Theatre is also a centre of attraction.


Lovers of artistic and literary restaurants will find their way to the Bagutta (Via Bagutta) and the Pesa (Viale Pasubio) in the north of town, once frequented by the writer Malaparte.