102nd Lions Clubs International Convention will take place from July 5th to July 9th, in the most attractive and charming Italian city, with a vibe that balances old-world romance and history with urban grit and cosmopolitanism.

Team up with Lions and Leos from around the world for a special convention service project

In fact,  both on July 5th and July 8th there will be seven service projects you can check https://lcicon.lionsclubs.org/experience/service-projects/ and join for free by sending an e-mail to registration@lionsclubs.org Let’s serve and have fun together!

Beautiful and diverse architecture

Milan, the financial capital of Italy, means there is an abundance of beautiful buildings from all periods. For example, Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Grazie that exemplifies Milanese Renaissance, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most famous examples of European iron architecture. All over the city, particularly in Navigli, you will spot charming yellow case di ringhiera, the traditional workers’ houses, characterised by iron railings that date from the turn of the 20th century. The Porta Venezia neighbourhood is celebrated for its many Art Nouveau (‘Stile Liberty’) buildings and Porta Nuova, surrounded by the stunning and contemporary Bosco Verticale.

Sampling traditional Milanese cuisine

The food in Milan draws on the bounty of the surrounding mountains, coastline, lakes and verdant farmland. It is rich and hearty with meat and rice taking centre stage. Signature Milanese dishes include saffron risotto (Risotto alla Milanese), breaded veal cutlet (Cotoletta alla Milanese) and the traditional Christmas loaf, Panettone. You won’t have Panettone during LCICon 2019 😉

Enjoying Aperitivo in the city of its origin

You can enjoy Aperitivo all over Italy, but in Milan it as a ritual and they do it best – between the hours of 6pm and 8pm, the whole city seems to be enjoying a drink and light snack before heading home or out to dinner.

Standing on the roof of a cathedral

Every major European city has an iconic architectural site: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Big Ben in London… and in Milan it is the majestic Duomo, situated at the very center of the city in Piazza del Duomo. Built with white marble from the quarries of Lake Maggiore, the cathedral is the biggest and arguably the most elaborate Gothic building in Italy.

Touring the Canals in Navigli

Canals are not confined to Venice only. Milan, too, has some really nice views of canals and waters. In fact you’ll be thrilled to know that one of them had beem designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself!

Because of its fashion heritage

If you lust after la dolce vita and favour the glamour of Italian fashion, then you will love shopping here. Milan boasts so many of the biggest names in luxury fashion – Valentino, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni – but it is also the country’s centre of emerging fashion talent.

Because of its design heritage

Pinacotera di Brera contains some very important art collections like the Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna and Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio. The contemporary art lovers who are up for something new and unique have Museo Del Novecento to check out.Alternatively, pay a visit to the Triennale Design Museum.

Experiencing Italian opera in the legendary Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala is Italy’s premiere destination to watch opera (as well as ballet and classical music). It plays host to leading operatic singers from around the world in a decadent interior of red and gold.

Riding a design icon – the tram

Europe’s oldest public transport alive and kicking, these public trams are literally a moving museum. The original ones dating back to 1920’s and 50’s have wooden seats and beautiful glass lampshades. Try out ATMosfera: this classic tram is run by the ATM transportation authority. It runs after dusk and serves good food with delicious wine.

Because it is a great base for exploring the rest of northern Italy

Northern Italy has an amazing train network of which Milan is the centre, making it a great jumping-off point for exploring. For example, Como and Turin are both reachable in one hour or less; Parma and Lake Garda in two hours or less; Venice in under three. If you have time on your hands you can also make it to the Alps or Dolomites.

Scoring at the Stadium

The San Siro Stadium was built in 1925 and later on expanded for the World Cup 1990. It holds ownership of two most famous Football Clubs of Italy- FC Internazionale and AC Milan.

It’s less touristy than Rome, Florence and Venice

When planning a city break in Italy, most people probably pick Venice, Rome or Florence, and that’s exactly why you should visit Milan instead. Of course, there are still crowded tourist hotspots, but most of the city still feels truly Italian. You can roam the streets in peace and pretend that you live there!


By Jack Giacomo Sillani