Destination Guide

Destination Guide

WHAT TO SEE
  DUOMO DI MILANO

It is the largest and most complex Gothic building in Italy, made of pink-veined white marble from the Candoglia quarries, in the Val d'Ossola. It is 157 metres in length and covers an area of 11,700 m2. The highest spire measures 108.5 and, in October 1774, the golden 4,16 metre-high statue of the Madonna by the sculptor Giuseppe Perego was placed on its pinnacle.

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  SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE

The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, situated in the heart of Milan, is an outstanding work of architecture, and an emblem within the Catholic tradition. Santa Maria delle Grazie is perhaps even more famous for its indissoluable connection to Leonardo Da Vinci's fresco of “The Last Supper,” preserved inside its refectory (dining hall). The Church is one of Renaissance art's most important testimonies and a shining symbol of creative human genius - thus it became a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.

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CASTELLO SFORZESCO

The Sforzesco Castle, standing since the 14th century in Milan, was a fortress in origin. Through the years, it was also the home of many illustrious people.

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BASILICA DI SANT' AMBROGIO

Together with the Duomo, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio is the cradle of history and spirituality in Milan and a treasure trove of sacred art. Great popular devotion revolves around the basilica that has always been a destination for pilgrims and visitors. The basilica’s entrance, the magnificent atrium consisting of four columns with capitals carved in relief, is a suitable introduction to the venerated atmosphere typical of ecclesiastical interiors. Today, the Basilica, dedicated to the bishop of Milan, is a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy.

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REST AND RELAX!
 

GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II

Considered one of the sites of Milanese luxury shopping, along with Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, it hosts many prestigious labels and brand shops, famous cafés and restaurants, as well as Feltrinelli Records, one of the largest megastores in Italy. You will surely enjoy visiting the Galleria, it will also feel like turning the clock back in time: for the construction, which started in 1865 (by Giuseppe Mengoni) were used mainly iron and glass as for the Parisian train stations, a well-advanced technique in those days

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  TEATRO ALLA SCALA

The Teatro alla Scala was founded, under the auspices of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, to replace the Royal Ducal Theatre, which was destroyed by fire on 26 February 1776 and had until then been the home of opera in Milan.

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  PARCO SEMPIONE

Located in northwest Milan, this large park (116 acres) is the perfect place to enjoy a walk or run among flowers and greenery, far from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle. But the park, constructed back in 1888, is also full of attractions—including an aquarium, sports stadium, Napoleonic arch, and even a medieval castle.

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  NAVIGLIO GRANDE

Naviglio Grande translates into English as "big canal". Established some 850 years ago, this major man-made river route has served important trade and transport purposes within the city. Historically associated with the city’s artists and creative types, the Naviglio Grande now plays a social role in the city. Locals and tourists enjoy romantic strolls filled with stores, galleries, bars and markets aplenty, plus the opportunity for a memorable boat trip. Lying slightly off the beaten track, the thriving Naviglio Grande is right at the top of alternative lists of things to do in Milan.

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