Milan Cathedral is a truly monumental building and is famed for its sublime architecture and took over 600 years to complete. Located in the centre of Milan in the self-named Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral was constructed in 1386 but not officially completed until 1965! With an Italian Gothic style, the front façade of the cathedral is truly magnificent and is crowned with countless towers, statues and decoration.
The interior is just as decorative and features some beautiful stained glass windows bursting with colour; furthermore in-between the central columns, there is a fantastic display of artwork and some finely detailed statues.
This immense structure is truly the heart of Milan and no trip to this city is complete without steeping foot inside its huge doors.
As you walk into the Grand Gallery, you might think you were stood inside the entrance hall to an opera house or palace – Not a shopping mall. But this is essentially what the Galleria is – An extremely opulent and extravagant indoor shopping area.
Created in 1877, it stands as one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and was designed by Guiseppe Mengoni. The cross shaped mall is covered via four glass panelled arms that let in the sunlight perfectly, whilst the walls and shop fronts are decorated with ornate panelling and stucco artwork. High-end designer shops line the mall and you can expect to find such names as Prada, Versace and Luis Vuitton – If you are looking for a bargain, this is definitely not the place!
There are few buildings in the world that have hosted as many great artists as the Scala Opera. Located to the north of the Duomo and the east of Castello Sforzesco this opera house is one of the finest in the world and is renowned for its acoustic qualities and opulence. Inside the main auditorium the decoration and grandeur of the seating and stage is fantastic – 6 tiers of seating and individual boxes frame the stage in a semi-circle and the whole place is full of red velvet drapes and gold furnishings.
Guided tours are available of the Opera House, but also consider purchasing tickets to see a show – An exciting and memorable evening is promised!
Napoleon had it built in Piazza Sempione, faced to Paris. It was inaugurated on the 10. September 1838 by the Imperator Ferdinand I of Austria.
Located in the Palazzo Brera, the Pinacoteca is a fine Art Gallery that contains a large collection of Italian art. In earlier years the palace served as a convent and as a national library and was not converted into a museum until the 19th century. Inside the gallery, you can find such works as the Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, Pieta by Bellini, the Last Supper by Rubens and the Adoration of the Magi by Correggio.
Located in close proximity to both the Sforzesco Castle and the Piazza del Duomo, the Pinacoteca di Brera is easily accessible.
This 15th century castle has a central location in Milan and is set in extensive grounds and gardens. Created in 1370, the original design has been modified and added too greatly but still retains its elegance and status of power.
At the front of the castle stands an immense brick wall lined with battlements and frame by a central guard tower.
As you walk through into the central courtyard, you will notice the large guard towers and the sheer size of the castle will amaze you. Aside from the castle itself, there is also a host of small museums and collections that contain a myriad of interesting artefacts and historical information about the castle and Milan.
In the dining hall of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie you can find one of the greatest masterpieces of art, il Cenacolo or L’ultima cena of Leonardo da Vinci, painted between 1494 and 1497. This is the only piece of Leonardo da Vinci that we still have and it represents the last supper of Jesus Christ. This painting has been restored carefully lots of times since the fifteenth century.
Located in Piazza del Duomo 12, has been renovated in 1772. Ancient seat of the city council, nowadays is mostly used for the organization of temporary exhibitions.
The Monumental Cemetery is one of the two largest cemeteries in Milan, the other one being the Cimitero Maggiore. It is noted for the abundance of artistic tombs and monuments. Designed by the architect Carlo Maciachini (1818–1899), it was planned to consolidate a number of small cemeteries that used to be scattered around the city into a single location. The main entrance is through the large Famedio, a massive Hall of Fame-like Neo-Medieval style building made of marble and stone that contains the tombs of some of the city's and the country's most honored citizens, including that of novelist Alessandro Manzoni.
The church has become established during the ages among the most meaningful places in Milan. Founded in 379 and transformed during the tenth century, it was partly rebuilt from 1080 with a Romanesque style: naves and in front the atrium. To remember are the Pergamum, the Ciborium, the gold Altar and the treasure of S. Ambrogio, which collect the precious antiquities of the history of the basilica: paintings, mosaics, goldsmithery, textiles, marbles, and tapestries.
Located within the Parco Sempione, the Torre Branca is a large observation tower that stands at a colossal 108.6m high. Constructed in 1933, the tower was designed by Gio Ponti and was originally called the Torre Littoria. During the 1970’s, the tower was closed for refurbishment but it is once again open to the public. Ascend the lift to the top of this amazing structure and step into the top of the tower – From here you have unparalleled views of the city of Milan and can see for miles.
On clear days it is possible to see the Alps and the Apennines, together with the expansive city laid out beneath your eyes.