Milan - what to visit

The Cathedral

Milan cathedralThe Cathedral, better known as Duomo di Milano is one of the most representative religious buildings in that city. It is located in Piazza del Duomo.

    It is known that the cathedral is considered one of the oldest churches in Italy, dating from the late fourteenth century. Also notable for being the world number three in terms of capacity, and it can house just under 40 000 people at once. Only Rome and Sevilla have greater capacity monasteries.

    It is pertinent to note that the facade of the Gothic church is of white marble, and externally has many statues, gargoyles and pinnacles. Also interested can access the roof of the monastery, which is more than 100 meters above the ground and from there you can get some great views. Finally it should be noted that in the interior of the Cathedral lies the company the world's largest religious.   

Sforza Castle

    It was built for military purposes during the regime of Galeazzo II Visconti, in the late fourteenth century. It is known that a century later, by order of the authorities in power, ordered its demolition, so much of the castle disappeared. Fortunately this project was forgotten and a few years later, thanks to Francesco Sforza, was completely remodeled including new built environments. It should be noted that this was not the only time it was determined the complete demolition of the fortress, since the late nineteenth century turned to reach the same conclusion. Fortunately nothing happened and now the Sforza Castle is in excellent condition and can be visited by tourists within the appropriate times.

    It is pertinent to note that the Sforza Castle is not only important for being one of the oldest buildings in Milan but also because many of its facilities are used to host various museums and cultural centers. You can also visit its gardens.

    Significantly, this castle is located in Piazza Castello, in the heart of the city.

The Peace Arch

    This important monument dating from the early nineteenth century, when Napoleon ordered its construction in order to celebrate their victories continuing. However, after the final defeat of the character, his great project remained unfinished until the next two decades when the then King of Austria (Francis I) claimed that the arch was completed and dedicated to peace living in Europe at the time . It is known that the arch construction ended in 1838.

    Significantly, this important monument consists of 4 columns stand among them are three portals. At the top of said pillars are several superimposed concrete blocks, which hold fine carvings. At the top is a representation similar to that of the Goddess of Irene pulled by four horses, which stood at the top of the famous Brandenburg Gate. This arc is also related to the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of Paris, which was also built by order of Napoleon.

    The Peace Arch is located in Piazza Sempione, the Sforza Castle spathe.  

Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore

    The Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore is one of the oldest religious buildings in Italy as dating from the late fourth century. For this reason, this rustic monastery had to be refurbished repeatedly. Definitely interested in the history of the early Christian buildings can not miss this church.

    Significantly, this complete now has 4 chapels and a main tower which houses the dome. Each of these chapels has a particular name, which honors one of the most important local saints. Also, are the oldest parts of the church, however, after many reconstruction works are arguably not entirely original. On the other hand, it is known that the main tower and dome dating from the sixteenth century, and that contrary to the chapels, which feature an umber hue, are white and his style is Renaissance.

    Those interested can visit the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore in Corso Porta Ticinese, number 39, near the intersection of Avenue Edmundo de Amicis and Molino delle Armi Avenue.   

Basilica of St. Ambrose

    Best known as the Basilica of San't Ambrogio, this Christian monastery is considered the most representative of Milan as well as being one of the oldest in the city, protects artwork invaluable.

    It is known that this church dates from the late fourth century and is named in honor of the bishop of Milan who officiated the opening ceremony. Significantly, this Roman-Christian construction has remained unchanged over time because over the centuries were building new environments circling the church. For example, only in the eighth century was built a monastery for monks of the order Benedictinosy, where one hundred years later built a large bell. In the fifteenth century there arose more cloisters.

    Significantly, the changes do not end there because unfortunately this room became so significant hit during World War II so it had to be almost completely refurbished. Despite the severe damage he endured this basilica, many of his carvings, paintings and various ornaments have remained unaffected. Among the main attractions of this church are its golden altar and the wooden door that remains from the opening day, which you can see events related in the Bible about King David and his predecessor, Saul.

    The Basilica of St. Ambrose is located in the plaza of the same name, just steps from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.   

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie:

    This Church, also known as Santa Maria delle Grazie, is one of the oldest and hidden mystery, yet it is one of the most visited in Milan, even in Italy, because inside you can see two very famous paintings and general interest: The Last Supper and the Crucifixion.

    Significantly Lady of Grace dating from the late fifteenth century and since the opening day had to be redone several times, especially after World War II. Those interested in this room can go any day of the week to the square of the same name, located a few steps from the Basilica of St. Ambrose.   

Basilica of San Eustorgio

    The Basilica of San Eustorgio is named in honor of the bishop of Milan who celebrated his inauguration. It is known that this church is also one of the oldest as dating from the late fourth century. But over time took its toll on its structure so it had to be almost completely rebuilt in the twelfth century.

    Significantly, this church is Renaissance and it houses relics of great value, so it is considered as the second most important after San Ambrosio.

    This Christian grounds as representative is located in Corso di Porta Ticinese.   

House of Omenoni

    The House of Omenoni is located at the city center, in the avenue of the same name, a short walk from La Scala Theatre. Those interested can visit any day of the week.   

Villa Real

    Villa Real is one of the most significant palaces in Milan for their stay inside the likes of Napoleon. This complex consists of a large mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens.

    Significantly, this neoclassical mansion was built in the late eighteenth century and also has many sculptures, paintings and various ornaments. Those interested can visit this resort any day of the year in the Cathedral Square, number 12.   

Monumental Cemetery

    Although it seems hard to believe, on a trip to Milan, a visit to the Monumental Cemetery is one hundred percent recommended because inside the traveler can not only recreate admiring the beautiful gardens, but also several valuable sculptures, which were made Over the years the most important by Italian masters. There is no doubt that this city is not necessary to go to a museum to appreciate the best of their art, just must go its historic center.

    Significantly, this hall was built during the second half of the nineteenth century under the direction of renowned architect Carlo Maciachini. It is located in the heart of the city, Plaza Monumental Cemetery.   

Pirelli Building

    It is considered among the most representative of modern buildings for Milan despite having been established 50 years ago remains one of the highest in Europe. Pirelli Building rises over 120 meters above the ground in Milan and the last floor is one of the best places from which to admire the city of fashion in all its glory.

    This building, known popularly as Pirellone, is located in Piazza Duca D'Aosta, a few minutes from the Monumental Cemetery.   

Fair and Exhibition in Milan

    This building, known as Fiera Milano is one of the leading convention centers in the world because it has the largest and most modern facilities. It is known that since the day of its inauguration in the Fiera Milano have undertaken countless international tourism exhibitions, all kinds of corporate events and fashion shows. Significantly, the Fiera Milano has a parking for 4,000 vehicles, more than 50 bars and 7 restaurants. It also has a team that specializes in organizing events.

    Significantly, there is now a new field known as The New Fair Fiera Milano, which is Italy's largest and most luxurious. However the show has not lost its old it has been the model of many such centers.

    Fair and Exhibition in Milan is located in the Plaza de Carlo Magno.  


    The Brera is the most important art gallery Milan and, therefore, a must in a tour of the city. It is known that the palace where today the gallery dates from the late sixteenth century and was built by the Jesuit order.

    Over time this palace changed hands several times until it became the seat of the mentioned gallery, where paintings are preserved teachers belonging to the likes of Caravaggio and Bramante. Significantly, visitors can delight not only with this fine collection but also the botanical garden is inside the palace.

    The Brera Art Gallery is located 20 minutes from downtown, in the avenue of the same name. Those interested can visit the exhibition from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 18:30 pm.   

Sempione Park

    Better known as Parco Sempione, is one of the most recommended for people traveling families as well as having romantic ponds and playgrounds, has a very privileged location since it is located in Piazza Sempione, which groups several interesting sites such as the Arch of Peace, Sforza Castle, the town library, etc.   

Gallery of Modern Art

    As the name suggests, in this extraordinary museum's collection includes works that were performed between 1800 and 1900, highlighting those concerning the period known as Milanese Neoclassicism.

    The Gallery of Modern Art is located on Avenue Palestro.   

Canal Grande

    AKA Naviglio Grande, is one of the most broad and extensive channels that run through the city of Milan (over 50 kilometers). The buildings and homes that are in the surrounding area boast a gorgeous night lighting, and the streets on either side are connected by bridges that can be found on every corner.

    It is known that this channel, through which the waters flow Ticino River, was built in the late twelfth century.

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