A city filled with fashion, history, art, and great food. Milan is the most populated metropolitan area in Italy, and people have been living there ever since before 220 BC. Milan was, not Rome, the capital of the Western Empire once.
This beautiful city was damaged during World War 2, but has recovered ever since and came back more fabulous than ever. Today, one of the world capitals of fashion offers you millions of options to appreciates historical architecture contrasting with modern skyscrapers: amazing Italian food, art, and the hospitality and good vibes of the Italian people.
This is the best places you can visit in the city
1. Milan Cathedral
This cathedral is imposing, no wonder why it took over 600 years to build. You will find the temple in the center of the city, inside the Piazza del Duomo. When we say it took 600 years to build, is because construction began in 1365, but the cathedral wasn’t fully completed until the sixties. You can admire the Italian gothic style filled with magnificent towers, statues, and other decorations. When walking in, you’ll be genuinely impressed by the altar and its beauty. Lots of decorations around the walls and stained-glass windows provide for a truly unique view of the church. The cathedral also displays a rather significant amount of artwork and statues. Your trip won’t be completed without visiting this iconic site.
2. Church of Santa Maria Della Grazie
You might not be Catholic, and this is our second church. However, this one is worth it just for the architecture and charm it displays. Built-in 1497, the church also has a gothic architecture that shows red bricks and a large hindmost basilica. Now, if you are a fan of art from the Renaissance, then there is no way you are missing this site, since inside this church lies Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting The Last Supper. This is one of the most famous paintings that belong to that period and has been evaluated and studied throughout the years by art experts to identify hidden meanings behind it. Do you think you can figure some out?
3. Piazza del Mercanti
During the Middle Ages, this piazza served as the center of Milan, bursting with activity and, as its name says, with merchandisers and sellers. The antique trade market of Milan. This piazza is in between the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza Corduiso, being about one square away from all the main attractions in Milan. Not only that but it has some pretty essential attractions itself, like the Palazza Della Ragione, the Palazza Delle Scuole Palatine, and the Loggia Degli Osii. Also, you will be able to see many classical Roman art pieces, like statues. This is truly an architectural site for those who like to admire it.
4. Grand Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II
Walking into this building might be very similar to the first time you walk into the magnificent opera house of Vienna; however, this place is a shopping mall. Extremely opulent and elegant, but an indoor shopping place after all. This shopping center has been around ever since 1877, designed by Giuseppe Mengoni is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world there is. It is cross-shaped, and as you walk through it, you can encounter tons of high-end designer stores. If you are a shopping-lover, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy getting into Louis Vuitton, Prada, Versace, and many more. Get the ultimate shopping experience in this gallery, while the glass panels let the sunlight incorrectly and you admire the stucco artwork perfectly decorating the walls of your favorite stores.
5. Castello Sforzesco
Set in great extensions of lands and gardens, the Castello Sforzesco is a 14th-century structure in central Milan. Built back in 1370, what you will be seeing is not the original design, since it has been modified and added too extensively. However, you can see the elegance and power of the place was always intended to display. At the front of the attraction, you can see a brick wall equipped for battle, with a central tower. You will later walk through the central courtyard, where you can notice a lot of guard towers. But the best thing about this yard is the imposing castle standing right in front of you, which will leave you truly amazed. While the castle itself suffices to be an attraction, there are also some museums and collections within it, that contain the history of the castle, as well of Milan.
6. Sant Ambrogio
This is one of the oldest buildings in Milan, dated back to 379 AD. Built by St. Ambrose, it has a simple Romanesque design that is enough to transport you back in time, since it has not changed a lot since it was first built. The rest of the city was built up around it, turning it into a focal point for the Italian population living there. The front façade in outline by two towers. And when walking into the central courtyard, you will be surrounded by ornate arches. The church itself displays mosaics and artwork from the époque, among them you’ll find famous pieces such as the ceiling of the Oratory and a Christ depiction on one of the domes. This church has some severe religious and historical importance for the city, so visit it to find out everything there is about it.
7. Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology
A definite must. Walkthrough the Museum while you learn about the legendary renaissance visionary. The Museum contains many of its artwork but also displays many other scientific and technological displays that have been important throughout the years. You can expect to find the model cars drawing designed by Da Vinci himself. There are also reconstructions of his flying machines, plus tons of his drawings, blueprints (that weren’t blue or printed at the time), and several sketches.
These sites are in no way enough to cover all the beauty of Milan, but they are the ones that you need to see when visiting.