@citysickness I did visit Milan 14 years ago so admit a lot may have changed. My reasons for disliking it were:
- repeatedly (like 20 times) approached and flashed by random men
- people were very shovey and rude, a bit like London
- we were backpackers and couldn't find basic things like supermarkets anywhere
- lots of stuff was closed when we were there
So it's completely reasonable that someone visiting now with a bit of money might experience none of these problems and think it was great.
@mroc with regards to Brescia, I saw no more than 100m from the train station. I was staying there overnight on a Sunday before getting an early flight. My friend and I, both pale young females who definitely did not look local arrived at the train station and were immediately accosted by dozens of men all hanging around the square outside the station. Not so much in a negative way, more 'let me take you home to meet my mum' but it's really hard to gauge in a foreign country when multiple men are invading your personal space. Spent 10 minutes trying to work out where to go and eventually settled in the nearest guesthouse, complete with used needles in the doorway. Didn't eat that night because we simply didn't feel safe leaving. Again it's quite possible that the rest of the town is lovely, and a man may have had a very different experience, but you have to judge on what you see yourself.