There is so much to say about Milan Tourism. This is a huge metropolis in Italy’s northern Lombardy region. It is a fashion hub as well as a financial center, home to the National Stock Exchange.
This is a city with a look to the future without forgetting its past glories. It is home to designers like Versace, Armani and Prada it combines fashion with centuries old monuments like the Duomo, La Scala and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Here are a few of the top attractions in Milan Tourism.
Santa Maria Nascente Cathedral known as Il Duomo in Milan
It is for a reason that this Gothic style cathedral is the number one attraction in Milan. The enormous white marble façade of Milan’s Santa Maria Nascente Cathedral also known as “Il Duomo” is the city’s most famous building, which took centuries to build, has been restored several times and keeps looking as impressive as ever. It is the largest cathedral in Italy and the fifth largest in the world.
First walk around it to grasp the immensity of the building and then go inside for an audio tour. Make sure to enjoy the fantastic stained glass windows. Take an elevator ride to the top to have an amazing view of the city. In the square in front of the cathedral, the city hosts many events and festivities.
The exterior is decorated by 2,245 statues and the interior features 52 gigantic pillars and the above mentioned stained glass windows are the largest in the world.
Museo del Novecento
This new art museum is located outside the Duomo. It houses many masterpieces of Italian 20th century modern art, like the magnificent “Quarto Stato” painting of Pellizza di Volpeda; also the famous Unique Forms of Continuity in Space statue by Boccioni.
Once inside, go straight to the top floor for a unique view of the Duomo, especially after sunset.
A Renaissance style castle owned by Sforzesco family.
Today is a
collection of civic museums with pieces of art such as Michelangelo’s Rondanini
Pietà, his final masterpiece; Mantenga’s T_Rivulzio Madonna and ceilings
painted according to designs by Leonardo da Vinci.
La Scala is the top venue for Opera Singers in the world
It has enjoyed a reputation as one the best opera houses, since its first performance of “L’Europa Riconosciuta,” by Antonio Salieri, in 1778.
Designed by architect Giuseppe Piermarini in a neoclassical style, this red and gold theater is known for its acoustics. The true abilities of a singer are tested here and for many it is considered a real trial to perform here.
The theater seats 2,800 people that are considered the most demanding in Italy. The season begins in early December and continues through the month of May. Tickets are sometimes very difficult to be found, but you should always check at the box office or with the concierge of your hotel.
In the same building resides the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, with a collection of costumes and personal mementos of the most famous performers such as Verdi, Rossini and Arturo Toscanini.
Even though it is a cemetery, it is worth a visit to view the collection of Italian sculptures with some of the best works by major Italian sculptors of the 19th and 20th century. Many famous Italians like director and violinist Arturo Toscanini are buried here, as well as the writer Alessandro Manzoni.
Also known as the Quadrilatero della moda, this is Milan’s most important and exclusive shopping district. It is also considered one of the world’s most important centers for fashion.
The “Golden Quadrilateral” is surrounded by several city blocks, most of which are of Neoclassical architecture.
The Last Supper painting by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo’s Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie
Called “Il Cenacolo”, it is one more reason to visit Milan. This iconic fresco is located next to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, not far from downtown.
Tickets are almost impossible to get, therefore you should book one of the guided tours that have prearranged tickets. Visitors are allowed a visit of only 15 minutes in small groups. And after watching the painting, visit the Renaissance church with its frescoes and paintings.
The Church of Santa Maria della Grazie was built in the middle of the 15th century and was designed by Bramante, one of Italy’s most famous Renaissance architects.
The elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
This is one of the oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world. This mall is a meeting place in Milan and therefore has been named “Il salotto di Milano”
From one side is the Piazza del Duomo and on the other side the Piazza della Scala. This grand gallery was designed by Giuseppe Megnoni and built between 1865 and 1877. At that moment it was the largest shopping arcade in Europe. Today is a vivid example of 19th century iron and glass construction
The shops include Louis Vuitton, Borsalino and Prada. It is also a place for cafes and restaurants in an elegant environment.
Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology
It is housed in a former monastery illustrating the history of science and technology from the work of early scientists into modern times.
Don’t miss Leonardo Da Vinci Gallery with a collection of works, machinery and inventions by the grand maestro.
The physics exhibits are the apparatus used by Newton, Volta and Galileo. As well as sections relating to transport, shipping, railroads, flying. Optics, acoustics and telegraphy.
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Pinacoteca di Brera
It features large collections of Works by Mantegna, Raphael, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio, Bellini, Canaletto, Tintoretto and many more. European masters like Rembrandt, van Dyck and Goya are well represented as well.
Housed in more than 40 rooms, the collection is located upstairs from the Accademia di Belle Arti.
Parco Sempione and Giardini Pubblici
This park is adjacent to Sforza Castle. Opened in 1888 it was designed by architect Emilio Alemagna. Here you may see an outdoor sculpture gallery as well as an aquarium.
Giardini, located in Porta Venezia is home to the city’s planetarium with interesting guided tours.
Sant Ambrogio Basilica in Milan Italy
Sant Ambrogio Basilica
This basilica is in the name of Ambrose, Milan’s patron saint. This one is second only to the Duomo. The remains of Ambrose, Milan’s 4th century archbishop are still buried in the church.
The current church dates to the 11th century, but there is little left of the original. The treasures to be seen here are a Golden Altar added by Charlemagne, a 10th century marble pulpit and an atrium lined with columns made to look like tree trunks. A small chapel off the right aisle of the nave known as the Sacello di San Vittore in Ciel d’Oro features 5th century mosaics.
Piazza dei Mercanti
This was the administrative Center of the City offering the visitor a view of Medieval Milan.
The buildings look almost as they did centuries ago. On the southeastern side is the Loggia degli Osii from where the city’s authorities addressed the people from the balconies.
On the other side is the Palazzo della Ragione, the old town hall dating from 1233. This made the little square the political heart of Milan, while the stone market arcade made it the commercial heart as well.
During the winter holidays, the square is turned into a lively Christmas market.
Piazza Mercanti is a sample of Medieval Milan
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duomo by oded frank
novescento by art blunt
sforzesco by filip maljkovic
la scala by yayoirc
cimitero by dallosoto
last supper n/a
quadrilatero by mario mendez
pimacoteca by paolo di reggio
parco sempione by nicolago
sant ambrogio by dallorto
galeria vittorio by ruben ortega
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