The city of Milan is often regarded as the Fashion Capital of the World. Numerous adjectives can be used to describe the city like trendy, fashionable, upbeat to name a few. Milan bears a rich yet famous history of glamorous catwalks along with a proud one of stunning architecture. People often indulge in exclusive shopping sprees and sometimes not to mention Annual Fashion week which is not classy but also world-famous. The city also bears the acclamation of being the industrial capital city of Italy.
But there is more to it than just being the industrial capital and beholding skyscrapers and factories. Hidden among these, there are gems of beautiful architectural splendors. Offering international taste of fashion as well as design, Milan is a dominating metropolis.
Milan is the proud home to several cultural institutions, art galleries as well as museums which invites in total one-tenth numbers of total visitors. There in the city are some of the beautiful collections of Italian painting like masterpieces like Brera Madonna.
The city is also the home the famous painting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper which would surely be among the must see places in Milan. Before you pay a visit to the Milan, let me tell you about some of the must see attractions of this beautiful city of Italy.
A beautiful Gothic cathedral in pink Candoglia marble, Duomo bears a significant importance to the city’s rich creativity. The structure is said to have been commissioned in 1387 and finished nearly 600 years later. There is a beautiful white façade with 3200 statues along 135 spires. In the Christendom lie the largest stained glass windows
Explore the ancient ruins of Battistero di San Giovanni at leisure as well as enjoy the spectacular views from the roof terrace. On a clear day through the marble spires as well as pinnacles, one can even see the Alps.
Santa Maria della Grazie and Da Vinci’s Last Supper
Italy’s most famous painting Last supper lies in Milan. Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper is safely hanging on a wall in a refectory which is situated just adjoining the Basilica Di Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The restoration process of the painting was completed after 22 years in 1999. Just stare at this painting and see the narrative action of this painting and marvel at the astonishing beauty of Vinci’s creation.
You surely need to book in advance to experience a guided tour here. However your visit would surely be brief with your viewing time being just limited to 15 minutes.
Milano Christmas Market
Milan holds a special treat for that who are visiting the city during the Christmas months and that is the beautiful Milano Christmas Market. The tradition of this fair dates back all the way to 1510. This annual Christmas market is addressed as Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Christmas market. As per previous records, the market has nearly 400 stalls offering everything right from clothes, food, drinks to even toys and trinkets.
Renaissance Milan was ruled by the Sforza dynasty. Castello Sforzesco was initially a Visconti fortress but later was the residence of the mighty Sforza Dynasty. Leonardo Da Vinci himself designed the castle’s defences which were to some extent tampered by Napoleon.
In the present times, there are seven museums which bear a testament to the rich culture and heritage of Milan’s cultural history.
Pay a visit to this castle and witness the rich artistic patronage here.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Another museum which also holds some of the exclusive paintings of the world is Pinacoteca di Brera. This gallery holds some of the exclusive as well as impressive collections from some of the reputed Italians like Tintoretto, Titian, Bellini brothers as well as many more.
One could spend an excellent afternoon gazing through famous art as well as basking in the famous Brera atmosphere. Indulge in shopping at the shops there along with spending a leisure time in one of the beautiful street cafes.
Teatro alla Scala
In the year 1778, the grand theatre of Giuseppe Piermarini was inaugurated replacing the previous one which was burnt down in a grand fire. Watching an opera here is really a splendid experience but tickets are really hard to come. But there is surely one option.
Get a sneak-peak into the theatre from the exclusive museum there by the name La Scala’s Museum. This grand theatre compromises of 2800 seats. On the other hand, the museum holds harlequin costumes as well different things which are a symbol at the centuries of Milanese musical drama.
Yes canals are there is Milan also. The best part is one of the canals are designed by none other than Leonardo Da Vinci. In the exclusive summer months, one can take turn to indulge in boat tours across the canals. This is surely an unexpected thing amongst a busy city. This is also one of the neighborhoods which come alive in its exclusive nightlife.