10 Top Tourist Attractions in Milan

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Piazza Mercanti

It’s a real meaning to life in the center of Milan. The city was designed by the modern architect, who created a hub of social and commercial life in the middle of the city. There is a fountain, the ancient tree, and the canopies where are many tunnels, called � burrows � deep into the earth. Even though the Milan is a small city, there are plenty of ways to discover all of the hidden beauty. It may be easy to forget the splendor if you don’t know which are the best points of the city to see. The Consolata Chapel is a beautiful example of the tradition of Moorish architecture. The basilica is a piece of art where the colors and size of big stained-glass windows are very impressive. In the Caff�� Degli Specchi, you can try the wonderful cookies which are patterned after the mosaics of the church. They are so delicious that you could eat every day. The sculpture by Giovanni De Lorena is a beautiful popular work, but it is difficult to find and visit the reading room.

Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera is a museum in Milan, Italy, located at via Brera 45. It is the first public art gallery in Italy.

It was initially a private collection of painter Giuseppe Bertini. However, the project did not manage to attract sufficient public interest and was opened to the public in November 1776.

Since its foundation the Pinacoteca has been the official art gallery of Milan.

On February 10, 1777, the Royal Institute of Fine Arts of Milan acquired the collection of Giuseppe Bertini for 4,000 scudi.

The museum has 15,000 paintings and sculptures. The museum houses a collection, preserved in its entirety, of works by Giuseppe Arcimboldo and also by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Giambattista Marino, Bernardino Luini, Giulio Romano, Lorenzo Perti, Giuseppe Maria Crespi, and Tiberio Calcagni.

In 2009, the museum has undergone a modernization programme that included painting works of Diego Velázquez, El Greco, and other international artists on the internal walls and ceiling of the museum to reduce the effects of light and amplification on some of the works of the museum.

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

The Basilica of Saint Ambrose or the Basilica of Saints Ambrose and Augustine, the patron saints of Milan, is a Roman Catholic church in Milan, northern Italy, located near the traditional core of the Roman colony of Insula.

The basilica is one of the oldest building of the city. It was founded in 389 by St. Ambrose, the co-reigning bishop. The first church on the site was allegedly founded by Saint Eugene, the first bishop of Milan.

The basilica was devastated by a fire in 598 and was restored soon after by Bishop Justus, who by a letter of Pope Gregory I (+604) demanded the preservation of the site of the seven martyrs, including the chapel of Saint Lawrence.

The current church dates back to several stages of rebuilding.

The most important surviving structures of the ancient basilica are the crypt, built in the middle of the 6th century after the old church was destroyed by fire and the church itself, built during the 10th century in the Lombard paleochristian style.

La Scala

(Opera House)

La Scala is an opera house in Milan, Italy with a classic 18th century design. It first opened its doors in 1778, and has been one of the most popular opera houses in all of Europe.

La Scala is famous for being home to the annual music festival and competitions, the Milan Opera Festival. It has been named one of the greatest buildings of the world by the American Institute of Architects, and one of the most prestigious opera companies in the world by the Royal Opera.

  • La Scala was the stage for many world renowned artists, including Giuseppe Verdi, who wrote nine operas that premiered there. Other artists that performed at La Scala included Enrico Caruso, Caruso’s younger brother, Giovanni Martinelli, Giuseppe Adami, and many more.
  • La Scala is also known for its fine acoustics, as famed as any other opera house around the world.

Sforzesco Castle

Quadrilatero d'Oro

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Santa Maria delle Grazie

The church was commissioned by the Sforza family. According to tradition, the body of Santa Maria delle Grazie was believed to contain substances that made it magic and miraculous. Today, the body of St. Mary Magdalene is preserved inside the church.

The church is designed by Leon Battista Alberti, a brilliant Renaissance architect and artist. It is considered one of the most beautiful and important buildings in all Italy.

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral was built in the 13th and 14th centuries, on the spot where Saint Ambrose began his ministry. It took until 1563, however, to build the cathedral as it is today.

The interior of the Milan Cathedral has a double nave with a diameter of 24.6 meters. The walls are almost covered in frescoes and the cathedral is connected to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This church houses one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous paintings, the “The Last Supper.”

The cathedral has a rich history, not the least of which is its location. Originally it was built on San Lorenzo Island, a small island that was used as an Isolation hospital for the ill and homeless. After the church was built, however, the wealthy tried to gain ownership of the island. In order to prevent this from happening, it was decided that the church be moved to Milan.

The moving process was an extraordinary feat of engineering, one that needs to be admired with a visit to the cathedral. After the church was shipped to Milan, they wanted to build a road to the island, since it would now be isolated from the rest of the city. The engineers built the road under the church to allow it to sit on the road.