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For all its workaholic reputation as the money and business center of Italy, it's a city with an influential past and a rich cultural heritage. Consider that St. Augustine was baptized in a basilica that stood at what is now Piazza del Duomo; artists Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, the composer Verdi, the great tenor Enrico Caruso, and designer Giorgio Armani all lived and worked here; Toscanini conducted regularly at La Scala; Napoleon was crowned (actually, he crowned himself) inside the Duomo;Mussolini founded the Fascist party here, and the entire fashion world looks to Milan's catwalks twice a year for the season's fashions. All this history, not to mention the considerable wealth generated by its favored commercial position, has left Milan with an abundance of art, cultural, and architectural treasures for you to enjoy.

  1. Il Duomo (Cathedral) - The massive Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, which the Milanese call just "Il Duomo" is among the world's largest (it holds up to 40,000 people) and most magnificent churches, the ultimate example of the Flamboyant Gothic style. It was begun in the 14th century, but its façade was not completed until the early 1800s, under Napoleon. Highlights include the seven-branched bronze candelabrum by Nicholas of Verdun (c. 1200) in the north transept, the 16th-century tomb of GianGiacomo Medici, and the jeweled gold reliquary of San Carlo Borromeo in the octagonal Borromeo Chapel leading off the crypt.

At the front of the Duomo, near the central doorway, you can descend under Piazza del Duomo into the foundations of the Basilica di Santa Tecla (fourth-fifth and seventh century) and the fourth-century baptistery, Battistero di San GiovannialleFonti, which were discovered during the construction of the Milan Metro system.

  1. Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper- The Gothic brick church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, was begun about 1465, and designed by Bramante, one of Italy’s most influential Renaissance architects. At the end of the north aisle is the Baroque chapel of the Madonna delle Grazie, with an altarpiece of the Madonna.But the reason most tourists visit Santa Maria delle Grazie is to see da Vinci's most famous work, painted on the refectory wall of the former Dominican monastery. The CenacoloVinciano, as it is called here, was painted on the wall in tempera between 1495 and 1497. Instead of earlier static representations of Christ's last meal with his disciples, Da Vinci presents a dramatic depiction of the scene, which was quite novel and marked an important new stage in the development of art.
  1. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Luxury Shops and Elegant Cafés - Forming one side of Piazza del Duomo and opening on the other side to Piazza dellaScala, the grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni and built between 1865 and 1877. It was then the largest shopping arcade in Europe, with a dome soaring 48 meters above its mosaic floor. And it's still a beautiful, vibrant place where locals meet for lunch or coffee in its elegant cafés and browse in its luxury shops. It is so much a part of local life that the inhabitants of Milan refer to it as "ilsalotto" (the salon).
  1. Opera at TeatroallaScala - 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. In the same building is the MuseoTeatraleallaScala, where you'll find a collection of costumes from landmark performances and historical and personal mementos of the greats who performed and whose works were performed at La Scala, including Verdi, Rossini, and the great conductor Arturo Toscanini.
  1. CastelloSforzesco -The CastelloSforzesco, held by the Visconti and the Sforza families who ruled Milan from 1277 to 1447 and from 1450 to 1535 respectively, houses the Musei del CastelloSforzesco, a series of museums. 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. The picture gallery includes paintings by Bellini, Correggio, Mantegna, Bergognone, Foppa, Lotto, Tintoretto, and Antonello da Messina.
  1. Pinacoteca di Brera - The Renaissance Palazzo di Brera, built between 1651 and 1773, was originally a Jesuit college, but since 1776 has been the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts). Along with a library and observatory, it contains the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Italy's finest art museums. Northern Italian masters acquired much of the art as churches closed or were demolished, and the museum is especially strong in paintings. As you enter through the courtyard, you'll see an 1809 monument to Napoleon I by the sculptor Canova.Most visitors miss the Brera's little secret: the OrtoBotanico di Brera, a charming garden in one of its inner courtyards, a hidden oasis of exotic trees, pools, and flower beds with a 19th-century greenhouse.Address: Via Brera 28, Milan
  1. Sant'Ambrogio - The present church is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, built in the 12th century around the choir from an earlier ninth-century church. Inside, be sure to see the pulpit with late Romanesque carving, and the richly carved 4th-century Stilicone sarcophagus underneath it. The casing (paliotto) of the high altar is a masterpiece of Carolingian art made in 835 at either Milan or Rheims. It's easy to miss the mosaic dome of the original 4th-century Sacello di San Vittore, accessed through the last chapel on the right.Address: Piazza Sant'Ambrogio 15,

 

  1. Piazza deiMercanti- the tiny Piazza deiMercanti, where you will feel as though you've stepped back centuries into the Middle Ages. Forming one side is the Palazzo dellaRagione, 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. Enclosing the other side of the piazza is the 1316 Loggia degliOsii, faced in black and white marble and originally housing offices for judges and notaries. Be sure to notice the statues over the arcades; they are by the most outstanding stoneworkers of medieval Italy, the MaestriCampionesi from Lake Lugano. The tower, Torre del Comune, dates from 1272.
  1. MuseoBagattiValsecchi - Two brothers in the 19th century spent their lives collecting furnishings and decorative arts to make the interior of their Renaissance palazzo look as it might have appeared originally. It’s nice to see the furniture, tapestries, glassware, books, children's items, and paintings by Renaissance masters in a household setting.Address: Via S Spirito 10, Milan
  1. Poldi-Pezzoli Museum - An elegant old patrician house is the setting for this art museum with paintings by Botticelli, Mantegna, Pierodella 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.Address: Via Manzoni 12, Milan
  1. Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology - Housed in a former Olivetan monastery, the museum illustrates the history of science and technology from the work of early scientists into modern times. Of particular interest is the Leonardo da Vinci Gallery with working models of many of his inventions and machinery, created from da Vinci's drawings. Address: Via St Vittore 21, Milan
  1. Civica Galleria d'ArteModerna (Modern Art Gallery) - Napoleon's residence when he occupied Milan. Today, it retains its original stucco work and decorative details inside, which adds to its interest as a showcase for Milan's extensive collection of modern art. The emphasis is on Italian art, from 19th century Romanticism to post-impressionists, but the collections are far broader, with works by Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Rouault, Modigliani, Dufy, and Vuillard. Also adjoining the GiardiniPubblici is the MuseoCivico di StoriaNaturale (Museum of Natural History), where the biodiversity of the earth is shown in nearly 100 detailed dioramas. Address: Via Palestro 16, Milan
  1. Archaeology Museum - You can see some of Roman Milan, excavated on the lower floors of this museum in the former monastery of Monastero Maggiore. Along with the ancient history of Milan, you'll find Greek, Etruscan, and Roman finds from elsewhere in Italy, including sculptures in stone and bronze. Particularly good are the third-century sculptures of Maximilian, a bronze head, and a female statue with folded drapes.Address: Corso Magenta 15, Milan
  1. Trattoria del NuovoMacello(MILANESE cuisine), Address: Via Cesare Lombroso 20 - For authentic Milanese cotoletta take a ride out to the old meat district to NuovoMacello where you'll be presented with a thick, juicy slab of veal on the bone cooked slowly to perfection in butter.
  2. Sadler (modern Italian cuisine), address Via Ascanio Sforza 77 – Specialties: amberjack marinated in cherry vinegar with seaweed salad; pigeon ragout and cocoa; or horse tartare, with crisped Parmesan, peppers and fruity black truffles. Sadler's combinatorial creativity and reverential respect for ingredients are the reason why this two-starred Michelin establishment is one of the most awarded restaurants in Milan.
  3. TrussardiallaScala(MODERN ITALIAN cuisine), address Piazza dellaScala 5 – Specialties: French onion soup, violet parsnip tortelli with pine nuts and radicchio.
  4. Pescheria da Claudio (SEAFOOD), address Via Cusani 1–Specialties:pescecrudo (raw fish). Plates of marinated tuna, mixed salmon, tuna and white fish with pistachios, or lightly blanched octopus carpaccio are consumed with a glass of light fizz. Order and pay at the cashier, then collect your lunch from the servers.
  5. La Veranda (MODERN ITALIAN cuisine) address: Via Gesù 6/8 - from award-winning chef Sergio Mei. Artisanal products and seasonal ingredients.
  6. RistoranteSolferino(MILANESE cuisine) address: Via Castelfidardo 2 – classic specialties: ossobuco swathed in risotto, fish tortelloni, and an extensive vegetarian menu
  7. Grom(GELATERIA- Ice cream) address: Via Santa Margherita 16 – Specialties: pistachio made from nuts sourced from the slopes of Etna, a rich gianduja mixes roasted Piedmontese hazelnuts with Venezuelan chocolate, and all sorbets and granita come from organic, seasonal fruit.
  8. Un Posto a Milano (MODERN ITALIAN cuisine) address: Via Cuccagna 2 - restaurant, social hub and hostel. Specialties: Delicious salads, homemade foccacia, soups and snacks are served throughout the day at the bar, while the restaurant serves simple home cooking using locally sourced ingredients.
  9. Basara(SUSHI) address: Via Tortona 12 - chef Hiro's lobster maki roll sings a siren song that packs this place out for two sittings every evening. The raw-fish plates are superb, particularly the pretty block of red Sicilian shrimps served on a black slate slab with a sprinkle of sea salt.

Public transportation in Milan is excellent, and is therefore the preferred method of getting around Milan. It includes:

  1. 1. Underground/subway- 4 lines (#1 - red, #2 - green, #3 - yellow, #5 - purple ); a fifth subway line (#4 - blue) is under construction (scheduled to be completed in 2022). This new line will reach out to Linate airport, East of the city center.
  1. Suburban rail link - (AKA "Passante", drawn in blue on subway maps);
  1. Trams, trolleys, and buses - about 70 surface lines operated.

The metro operates roughly from 6 AM to midnight every day (lines #1, 2, and 3 are operated by bus throughout the night 7 days a week). Trams and buses start about an hour earlier and run until an hour or so later, #90 and 91 buses operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, several 'night bus' lines run on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tickets (including daily passes and cumulative tickets) must always be bought before boarding, and must always be promptly stamped in the little red machine every time you board a bus or tram, or at subway turnstiles.

The standard ticket is € 1.50. This is valid 90 minutes from stamping for unlimited rides on surface transport, and/or one subway or suburban train ride. There are also 24-hour passes (€ 4.50) and 48-hour passes (€ 8.25), which are good value if you plan to use public transport extensively. Note: all children under 6 travel free. Up to 2 children between 6 and 10 accompanied by an adult travel free as well (proof of age required). Passes and tickets are available from most newspaper stands and tobacconists, or from multilingual, touchscreen vending machines at all subway stops (these also take credit cards).

Cathedrals/churches

Milan cathedral, Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano, Italy

Website: http://www.duomomilano.it/

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Address: Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milano, Italy

Website: http://legraziemilano.it/

Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio

Address: Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, 15, 20123 Milano, Italy

Website: http://www.basilicasantambrogio.it/

Top attractions

Sforca Castle, Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano, Italy

Phone: +39 02 8846 3700, Website: https://www.milanocastello.it/

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano, Italy

Website: http://www.turismo.milano.it/wps/portal/tur/it

BibliotecaAmbrosina,Address: Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano, Italy

Phone: +39 02 806921, Website: http://www.ambrosiana.eu/cms/

Planetario di Milano

Address: GiardiniPubbliciIndroMontanelli, GiardiniPubblici "IndroMontanelli", CorsoVenezia, 57, 20121 Milano, Italy, Phone: +39 02 8846 3340

Royal Palace of Milan

Address: Piazza delDuomo, 12, 20122 Milano, Italy, Phone: +39 02 8846 5230

Website: http://www.palazzorealemilano.it/wps/portal/luogo/palazzoreale

Museums

Pinacoteca di Brera, Address: Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano, Italy

Website: http://www.brera.beniculturali.it/

MuseoPoldiPezzoli

Address: Via Alessandro Manzoni, 12, 20121 Milano, Italy

Phone: +39 02 794889, Website: http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/#!/en/discover

MuseoTeatraleallaScala

Address: : Largo Antonio Ghiringhelli, 1, 20121 Milano, Italy

Phone: +39 02 8879 7473

Gardens

Parco Sempione

Address: Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano, Italy

Phone: +39 02 8846 7383

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