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Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Milan

Milan is a city in the Lombardy region in the northern part of Italy. The city has been synonymous with the world of high-end fashion, and many consider it to be one of the fashion hubs of the world. Milan is also home to two of the major football clubs of Europe, namely AC Milan and Inter Milan. This modern upscale city has a history of over 2500 years thus offering the visitors the best of both worlds. From grand medieval architecture to modern day infrastructure and facilities, Milan is a complete vacation package in itself.


  1. Navigli Lombardi
Naviglio Grande Canal

The navigli, or canals, have been an important part of the commercial and social life of Milan. These canals were constructed in the 12th century for irrigation purposes. In the 14th century, the canals were expanded to help with the transportation of goods. This practice continued almost until the 1960s. The canals are still used for irrigation in some regions, except a couple which are open for cruises. The tour boats depart from Darsena for a 55-minute cruise, offering a unique way to explore the city.


  1. Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio

The Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio is one of the oldest and most prominent churches in Milan. The original church on this site was built in the 4th century AD. However the present building dates back to the 11th century. The church is named after the then-bishop and patron saint of the city. Although the present church is just a shadow of its former glory, it is a major landmark of Milan for its historical and cultural significance. The gold altar added by Charlemagne and the stunning mosaic are some of the major attractions of the church.


  1. Pinacoteca di Brera
Pinacoteca di Brera

The Pinacoteca di Brera is a major public art gallery in Milan. It has in its collection some of the most well-known paintings of several Italian artists. A few European masters are also featured. The gallery is located in building which houses the Accademia di Belle Arti, an art school founded way back in 1776. The paintings displayed in this gallery were mostly confiscated by the army of Napoleon and brought Milan in the 18th century. These paintings are displayed in over 3 dozen rooms in the medieval building. The gallery has artworks by Raphael, Rembrandt, Goya, Tintoretto, and van Dyck, to name a few.


  1. Piazza Mercanti
Piazza Mercanti

Piazza Mercanti, or the Merchants Square, is one of the historically significant squares of Milan. In the medieval days, around the 13th century, this square was considered to be the city center. The square used to be much bigger in those days and had six entry points. Each of these entrances were marked for a specific trade. Presently, the square is home to three medieval palaces, a medieval government building, and several statues and monuments. The Piazza Mercanti is located right next to the Piazza del Duomo.


  1. La Scala
Teatro La Scala

The Teatro alla Scala, popularly known as the La Scala, is anopera house in Milan. It was built in 1778 and has a present seating capacity of 2030. In over 2 centuries, the La Scala has featured some of the world’s greatest opera and classical singers. The building has a wide neo-classical façade. The interior is lavishly decorated. The acoustics of the La Scala are considered some of the best in the world. So if you are a fan of opera or classical music, then La Scala must be a stop in your Milan trip. The season at La Scala usually starts from the first week of December.


  1. Quadrilatero della moda
Quadrilatero della moda

The Quadrilatero della moda, also known as Via Montenapoleone Fashion District, is the premier high-end shopping district in Milan. It is regarded as a major fashion outlet of not only Milan, but in the world. The district, with its stunning neo-classical buildings, is an attraction in itself. But the glamour and glitz of the leading fashion brands of the world steal the show. All the major names like Versace, Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Canali, Guess, and Burberry, to name just a few, are present in this neighborhood.


  1. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

This is one of the oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world. This 4-story double arcade is located in central Milan. It was established in 1877 and is named after the First King of The Kingdom of Italy, Victor Emanulle II. The majestic dome, glass-vaulted ceilings, and mosaic flooring make the building an attraction in itself. The mall features several locals stores along with some of the giants of the fashion world like Prada and Louis Vuitton. Turn your heel on the mosaic bull under the dome; it is supposed to bring good luck!


  1. Sforza Castle
Sforza Castle

Castello Sforzesco, or the Sforza Castle, is a major landmark for art lovers in Milan. The castle is home to Pieta Rondanini, the final masterpiece by Michelangelo. The castle was built by the Duke of Milan in the 15th century to showcase his power. The later residents of the castle, namely Beatrice d’Este and Ludovico il Moro, adorned the interior with their rich collection of artworks. Today, the castle houses the Museo d’Arte Antica, showcasing several masterpieces of the Renaissance era. It is also home to a number of civic museums of Milan.


  1. Santa Maria delle Grazie
The Last Supper inside the Santa Maria delle Grazie

The Santa Maria delle Grazie is a Roman Catholic church that dates back to 1497. However, it is not just its historic significance that has made this church a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to the famous mural The Last Supper by Leonardo Vinci. The church was built in a fusion of Gothic and Renaissance styles of architecture. It was severely damaged during the bombings of World War II. Fortunately, the wall with the famous mural survived.


  1. Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral

The Milan cathedral is the largest cathedral in Italy and the 5th largest in the world. The magnificent Gothic structure was completed in 1965, nearly 6 centuries after its groundbreaking! The stunning elaborate façade is one of the highlights of the cathedral. It rises to a height of 108 meters and has a capacity of 40,000 people. It is adorned with several paintings and sculptures that enhance the beauty of its interiors. After his visit to the Cathedral, the famous American writer Mark Twain wrote  that is was, “So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful!”

Originally posted 2017-06-01 06:42:23.

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