Milan is a dynamic city full of contrasts. It’s the industrial centre of Italy, built on hard work and rare moments of relaxation. “Se sta mai coi man in man” (there’s never enough time to relax) is a popular local phrase. Once their work is done, Milanese people flock to bars to enjoy a true Italian ritual – the aperitivo! This tradition makes Milan a particularly lively and pleasant place from 7–9 pm, especially during the week. Weekends are usually devoted to spending time with family and close friends. In summer, locals generally meet in parks or at neighbourhood markets, while in winter, they prefer to meet in the numerous cafés and bars scattered throughout the city.