Milan is an ideal city to visit for those who love history, love to eat and love a fantastic nightlife. This beautiful place is divided into 20 zones but don't worry. Most of the major landmarks can be explored by foot just remember to leave the stilettos in the hotel. Theres a great selection of fantastic restaurants and bars or enjoy a stroll through one of the many parks located throughout the city. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you bring along your camera. The sights here are definitely worth capturing.
Milans Duomo Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the world. Its a stunning building whose architectural design and craftsmanship took over four centuries to build. The spires, pillars and other Gothic features command your attention. Inside, above the alter, sits a nail that is said to have come from Christs cross. Theres also a statue of the Madonna made out of copper. Next to the cathedral lies the Museo del Duomo where six centuries of art and artifacts are displayed. The Duomo and its surrounding plaza lie at the center of the city with a ring of streets that take you to many of the other fascinating sites Milan has to offer. In fact, most of the major attractions in Milan are located within the city centre. Another fantastic building Milan is passionate about is the Castello Sforzeco, a fortress built in 1368. Originally used as a military fortress, it now houses several impressive museums. Youll find sculptures, including works from Michelangelo as well as paintings by famous artists such as Van Dyck and Correggio. Take a break from all that fantastic Italian art and explore the impressive collection of Egyptian artifacts.
Its not surprising that youll find a huge selection of galleries showcasing fantastic art from around the world. Just to name a few, theres the Pinacoteca di Brera Gallery, the Villa Reale and Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna and the Palazzo Bagatti-Valsecchi, which is considered to be one of the finest museums in all of Europe. And although there are many more, one worth special mention is the Santa Maria delle Grazie. This beautiful church dates back to 1463 and today houses one of Italys most famous art works The Last Supper painted by Leonardo da Vinci. It was only recently allowed back into the public eye after many years of restoration. Considered to be a masterpiece, its not easy to view this stunning piece of art. Youll need to get tickets about a month in advance to guarantee a spot to see it. If youre a da Vinci admirer though, you can make your way to the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, which has an incredible collection of da Vincis designs for war and flying machines, architecture and much more.
The Teatro alla Scala was built in 1778 and is one of the worlds most famous opera houses. Its beautiful design enhances the fantastic theatre productions performed here. It also helped world-renown composers such as Rossini, Verdi and Toscanini arrange many works. Another fascinating piece of architecture here is the Torre Velasca. For lack of a better description, the building looks like a giant square mushroom. But that doesnt do it justice. Its a very unique design that provides a great view of the city at the top.
Although Milan is filled with fantastic sites, galleries and museums, theres also a modern side to it. There are of course many fantastic restaurants throughout the entire city. Milan has become home to many different cultures and because of that youll find a huge variety of restaurants that display their heritage. The nightlife here is awesome. Check out the Naviglio, Corso Como and the Latin Quarter for some of the best nightclubs around. Dont know what to wear at night? If youve got the right credit card limit, make your way to the Montenapoleone. Its a fantastic street filled with designer labels, such as Von Dutch, Versace and Dior. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a 19th century tunnel that is filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Sightseeing, shopping, and eating. Sounds like a pretty great place to visit.