Next Stop: Milan, Italy!
While Milan may not be the first city a tourist thinks of when planning a trip to Italy, it has more than its share of attractions. In this Milan City Guide that we have been giving you, this week you will see our top 10 of tourist attractions to visit there. We are present it in a peculiar way, from the bottom to the top. No sneak peek, ok? You have to read till the end to find out what’s in the 1st place. It’s ok, you can thank us later, just enjoy now!
10th- Piazza Mercanti
The administrative center of the vintage city during the Middle Ages, the Piazza Mercanti offers visitors a glimpse of Medieval life in Milan. The square is smaller now – the 13th-century Broletto Nuovo that once stood at the center of the piazza now marks the square’s northeast boundary – but the buildings look much as they did centuries ago.
On the southeastern side is the Loggia Degli Osii where the city’s authorities once addressed the populace from the structure’s balconies. During the winter holidays, the square is turned into a lively Christmas market. If you want to do it Italia style, this is the perfect place to start!
9th- Poldi-Pezzoli Museum
This is one of the best historical monuments in Milan. An elegant old patrician house is the setting for this art museum with paintings by Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Guardí, and other artists, as well jewelry, silver, bronzes, porcelains, Etruscan pottery, armor, and weapons. Textiles in the museum include Flemish and Persian carpets, tapestries, a large collection of hand-worked lace and a very rare embroidery designed by Botticelli.
8th- Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
This unique vintage Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio is named after its founder, the 4th-century bishop of Milan and the city’s patron saint. Ambrose’s remains are still housed in the church. While there’s little left of the original structure, the current church dates back to the 11th century.
The Basilica is one of the most worth-seeing tourist attractions and its treasures include a gold 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.
7th- Opera at Teatro Alla Scala
Considered the most prestigious opera house in the world, La Scala has rung with the music of all the great operatic composers and singers, and its audiences – the theater seats 2,800 people – are known (and feared) as the most demanding in Italy.
The best way of getting tickets is through your hotel concierge, but it’s worth checking at the box office. In the same building is the Museo Teatrale Alla Scala, where you’ll find a collection of costumes from landmark performances and historical monuments of the greats who performed and whose works were performed at La Scala, including Verdi, Rossini, and the great conductor Arturo Toscanini. If there is not a rehearsal in progress, the museum offers access to see the inside of the opera house itself, one of the world’s grandest.
6th- Cimitero Monumentale
One of the best-known tourist attractions in Milan! With all of Italy’s magnificent architecture and art from Ancient Greek and Roman, medieval, and Renaissance eras, it’s easy to forget that Italy also has some outstanding examples from the Art Nouveau period, known here as Stile Liberty.
Cimitero Monumentale, near Stazione Porta Garibaldi rail station, is an outdoor gallery of Art Nouveau sculptures, many by noted Italian sculptors. Behind a monumental and flamboyant striped marble portico, these historical monuments mark the tombs of Milan’s rich and famous from the late 1800s through the mid-20th century. A map in English helps you find the most outstanding examples.
5th- Navigli Lombardi
Next on our top 10 is Milan’s Navigli or canals, date back as far as the 12th century when they were constructed to facilitate irrigation. In the 1300s, the canal system was expanded for the transportation of goods, a use that continued well into the 19th century. Today, visitors to Milan can enjoy a 55-minute cruise along the remaining Navigli Lombardi. Tour boats depart from the point where Darsena, the city’s historic port, and the Naviglio Grande, Milan’s most important canal, meet. Strolling along the narrow towpaths is a popular way to explore the Navigli neighborhood too.
4th- Castello Sforzesco
The Castello Sforzesco, held by the Visconti and the Sforza families who ruled Milan from 1277 to 1447 and from 1450 to 1535 respectively, was built in 1368 and rebuilt in 1450. The Castello houses the Musei del Castello Sforzesco, a series of museums, one of which features sculpture. The collection includes the Pietà Rondanini, Michelangelo’s last masterpiece, brought here in 1953 from the Palazzo Rondanini in Rome.
Other museums feature a collection of decorative art, prehistoric and Egyptian antiquities, a collection of musical history, and an armory of weapons and medieval armor. Between the two rear courtyards of the Castello, a passage leads into the park, originally the garden of the dukes of Milan and later a military training ground. The perfect vintage style place to visit while you’re in iSaloni 2018.
3rd- Santa Maria Delle Grazie
We are getting closer and closer to the top in this tourist attractions. Designed and built in the late 1400s by renowned Renaissance architect Donato Bramate, the Church of Santa Maria Della Grazie is best known for its most famous artifact: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
Despite a 21-year-long restoration process completed in 1999, the painting gives only hints of its original glory, yet its artistry is so great that viewing it is still a powerful and moving experience for many visitors. Only 25 visitors are allowed to view the masterpiece at a time, making reservations mandatory for the must-see masterpiece.
2nd- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
We feel like you were already predicting this place. Built during the late 1800s, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest unique vintage enclosed shopping malls in the world. With its blue glass vaulted ceilings, mosaic flooring and towering central dome, the mall’s architecture is as stunning as the high-end couture offered in its shops, which include Louis Vuitton, Borsalino, and Prada.
The shopping center’s popularity as meeting place as earned the Galleria the nickname “il salotto di Milano,” or Milan’s drawing room. Tradition has it that turning on one’s heel over the mosaic bull under the central dome brings good luck.
1st- Duomo di Milano cathedral
Of course. What else would it be? Yes, we are clichê, we know that. But you MUST visit this place if you want a really Italia style experience. One of the most elaborate Gothic cathedrals in Europe is the Milan Cathedral, also known as the Duomo di Milano.
Dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent, this cathedral is the largest cathedral in Italy and the fifth largest in the world. You can’t miss this historical monument! Construction of the cathedral began in 1386 and it was consecrated in 1418. However, it was not until 1965 that the finishing touches were applied to the building. This long construction period led to the use of various building styles, resulting in a masterpiece of architecture and art.
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