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Visit Milano Bucket list – Best Things to Do in Milan (Italy)

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Milan is an absolute behemoth of a city and has the most populated metropolitan area in Italy with 1.3 million people, and 3.2 million in the wider area surrounding central Milan. Some form of human settlement has been present in the region of Milan for thousands of years and archaeological findings date back as far as 222 BC. Indeed at one point, Milan served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire.

Throughout antiquity, the middle ages, and later, Milan prospered greatly due to its commanding location in mainland Italy. Although the city was damaged during WW2 it has recovered and saw a huge economic boom that accounts for its large growth and expansion.

Today Milan offers a sublime mix of historical architecture, modern high-rise skyscrapers, all mingled together with a dash of Italian life. The city is particularly known for its abundance of high end fashion retailers and the beautiful Duomo Cathedral.

Lets explore the best things to do in Milan:

1. Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral is a truly monumental building and is famed for its sublime architecture and took over 600 years to complete.

Located in the centre of Milan in the self-named Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral was constructed in 1386 but not officially completed until 1965! With an Italian Gothic style, the front façade of the cathedral is truly magnificent and is crowned with countless towers, statues and decoration.

The interior is just as decorative and features some beautiful stained glass windows bursting with colour; furthermore in-between the central columns, there is a fantastic display of artwork and some finely detailed statues.

This immense structure is truly the heart of Milan and no trip to this city is complete without steeping foot inside its huge doors.

Book onlineMilan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

 

2. The Last Supper by Leonardo di Vinci.

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Although the exterior of this church is not one of the most renowned, it still has a certain charm and grace – Created in 1497, the church features a Gothic style using red bricks and a large rear basilica.

This church can be found on the Corso Magenta and sits at the opposite side of Milan to the Duomo.

Inside the building lies one of the greatest artistic masterpieces in the world – The Last Supper by Leonardo di Vinci.

Hailed as a sublime piece of artwork, this mural depicts the scene of the Last Supper as described in the Bible.

Throughout the years this piece of artwork has been scrutinised and analysed for its hidden meanings and content.

Come and see this fantastic work of art and marvel at the detail and significance of this iconic depiction.

Included inBest of City Walking Tour with Last Supper Tickets

3. Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

As you walk into the Grand Gallery, you might think you were stood inside the entrance hall to an opera house or palace – Not a shopping mall.

But this is essentially what the Galleria is – An extremely opulent and extravagant indoor shopping area.

Created in 1877, it stands as one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and was designed by Guiseppe Mengoni.

The cross shaped mall is covered via four glass panelled arms that let in the sunlight perfectly, whilst the walls and shop fronts are decorated with ornate panelling and stucco artwork.

High-end designer shops line the mall and you can expect to find such names as Prada, Versace and Luis Vuitton – If you are looking for a bargain, this is definitely not the place!

4. Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco

This 15th century castle has a central location in Milan and is set in extensive grounds and gardens.

Created in 1370, the original design has been modified and added too greatly but still retains its elegance and status of power.

At the front of the castle stands an immense brick wall lined with battlements and frame by a central guard tower.

As you walk through into the central courtyard, you will notice the large guard towers and the sheer size of the castle will amaze you.

Aside from the castle itself, there is also a host of small museums and collections that contain a myriad of interesting artefacts and historical information about the castle and Milan.

Recommended tour: Sforza Castle and Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini Tour

5. Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera
Pinacoteca di Brera

Located in the Palazzo Brera, the Pinacoteca is a fine Art Gallery that contains a large collection of Italian art.

In earlier years the palace served as a convent and as a national library and was not converted into a museum until the 19th century.

Inside the gallery, you can find such works as the Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, Pieta by Bellini, the Last Supper by Rubens and the Adoration of the Magi by Correggio.

Located in close proximity to both the Sforzesco Castle and the Piazza del Duomo, the Pinacoteca di Brera is easily accessible.

6. Sant Ambrogio

Sant Ambrogio

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