Cathedral in Milan, Italy (Sami Sarkis/Photodisc)

Crowds in Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle, Milan, Italy (Digital Vision)

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Milan’s reputation as a haven for old buildings and young models is about to change. (Well, not the models.) The current skyline is dominated by oldies but goodies like Il Duomo cathedral, La Galleria arcade, and the 500-year-old Castello Sforzesco. But it has been undergoing a massive urban renewal in the historical district of Fiera di Milano. The "CityLife" project plans to add three modern skyscrapers (one of them slated to be Italy’s tallest) designed by some of the world’s top architects. The high-rises will be built around a massive city park the size of 30 football fields. It’s rare to find something that can compete with the romance evaporating off the canal waters, the flocks of fashionistas storming high-end flagship stores, and the ball-gown-lined sidewalks outside the opera—but this modern makeover may just stand a chance.

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