The New York Times has included Milan as one of its 41 places to visit in 2011. These include obvious centres such as London, Singapore, Budapest and Zanzibar but also unusual choices such as Kurdistan, the Republic of Georgia, Kosovo, Antwerp and Gdansk.

Milan has been singled out as an alternative to the predictable round of Rome, Florence and Venice in Italy. According to The New York Times the new Museo del Novecento, which opened in December 2010, the Hangar Bicocca and the factories being converted into design studios outside the historic centre, together with the beautiful restoration of the Duomo, make Milan a valid change from the usual sightseeing spots in Italy.

However the venerable New York newspaper didn