What to Do and See in Milan

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DUOMO DI MILANO

The Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, better known as the Duomo di Milano is the cathedral of the archdiocese of Milan. Symbol of the Lombard capital, and located in the square of the same name in the center of the metropolis, it is dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente. For surface it is the sixth Christian church in the world. Through the lift contained in the eastern buttress of the north arm of the transept, you can access the terraces of the Duomo, from which you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the dense embroidery of spiers, flying buttresses, pinnacles and statues, as well as the city.

Galleria Vittorio
Emanuele II

The Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery is a commercial gallery in Milan that, in the form of a covered pedestrian street, connects Piazza Duomo to Piazza della Scala. Due to the presence of elegant shops and clubs, since its inauguration it has been the meeting place of the Milanese bourgeoisie so much to be nicknamed the “Milan salon”: built in Neo-Renaissance style, it is among the most famous examples of European iron architecture and represents the archetype of the nineteenth century shopping arcade. Called simply “the Gallery” by the Milanese, it is often considered as one of the first examples of shopping center in the world.
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Castello Sforzesco

The Castello Sforzesco (Sforzesco Castle) is one of the main symbols of Milan and its history. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza (from which it takes its name), who has recently become Duke of Milan, on the remains of a previous fortification dating back to the 14th century known as Castrum Porte Jovis (Castle of porta Giovia or Zobia), and over the centuries has immediately noticeable transformations. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was one of the main military cities of Europe; restored in a historicist style by Luca Beltrami between 1890 and 1905, it is now home to important cultural institutions and a tourist destination. It is one of the largest castles in Europe.

Teatro alla Scala

The Teatro alla Scala, often referred to informally as “La Scala”, is the main opera house in Milan. Considered as one of the most prestigious theaters in the world, it has been hosting for 240 years the main artists in the international field of opera, and, more generally, of classical music, often commissioning works still present in the billboards of the major theaters in the world. The theater was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 with the Europe recognized composed for the occasion by Antonio Salieri and took its name from the church of Santa Maria alla Scala demolished to make room for the New Royal Ducal Teatro alla Scala.
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Pinacoteca di Brera

The Pinacoteca di Brera is a national gallery of ancient and modern art, located in the homonymous palace, one of the largest in Milan with over 24000 square meters. The museum exhibits one of the most famous collections in Italy of painting, specializing in Venetian and Lombard painting, with important pieces from other schools. Moreover, thanks to donations, it proposes an exhibition itinerary that ranges from prehistory to contemporary art, with masterpieces by 20th century artists.

Navigli

When we talk about the Navigli district in Milan we refer to the area of ​​the Darsena, the port of Milan adjacent to Piazza XXIV Maggio, and to the streets that border the Naviglio Grande, which connect Milan to Switzerland, and the Naviglio Pavese, which connect the city ​​with Pavia. Today this area has been much revalued and is considered one of the most fascinating residential areas of the city. In fact, it is possible to admire nearby reborn palatial buildings that recall the Milan of the past. The neighborhood is very popular: during the day, as it is home to numerous markets (the last Sunday of each month is the setting for the important antique market), art galleries and artisan shops; in the evening, the lights of the thousand rooms and restaurants light up, making it one of the most fun and attractive areas of the city. NOT TO BE MISSED: The alley of the lavatories; The antique market on the last Sunday of the month; Le Scimmie: historic live music venue.

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