Glorious Duomo di Milano, Italy
If you’re one of those tourists that head to Milano, Italy, for shopping purposes, then know you are not alone. Each year, millions of people gather on the narrow streets of the city and spend thousands of dollars on some of the moment’s most chic accessories.
However, if you were lucky enough to get there, then you can as well invest your time in other activities, such as visiting some of the most popular museums in the entire world or admiring the architectural gems that wait for you at every step.
If you’re in Milano, and don’t know where to go first, we have prepared a list of the the five must-see attractions you’ll absolutely want to check out while you are there.
1. Milan Cathedral – Duomo di Milano in Italian
The magnificent Gothic Duomo that took nearly six centuries to complete is placed in the heart of Piazza del Duomo, the main city square of Milano, Italy.
Emerging from the ground at an impressive height of 108 m or 354 feet and stretching its walls across the square for a good 159 m or 500 feet, the Duomo is easily the most recognizable structure on the city’s territory, as well as one of the most renowned in the world.
One thing: dress appropriately, like you would in any other religious place. Keep your arms and legs covered throughout your visit – otherwise, you might find yourself politely invited outside. Make sure you don’t forget to take the elevator or stairs and get to the cathedral’s roof. The view from up there will take your breath away: Milan, in all its beauty, laying at your feet.
2. Sforza Castle – Castello Sforzesco
Not far from the Duomo rises the Castello Sforzesco that the fourth duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza, turned into his princely residence in 1450.
The impressive structure is now home to a number of museums where you can find famous sculptures, including Michelangelo’s last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà.
3. Quadrilatero d’Oro, High-Class Fashion District
This elegant shopping district might be the Mecca for shopping lovers, especially considering the exclusive brands it hosts – get ready for high prices, though. If you have some money with you, then you can buy yourself the latest pieces signed by Dolce & Gabbana or Valentino.
However, if your pocket is not that generous, don’t worry: no one is going to stare at you in disdain for looking at a shirt for minutes in a row without buying it./p>
Another place to go to for shopping is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, located between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala.
4. Chiesa di Santa Maria Delle Grazie
This church is an old Gothic-style cathedral in the Corso Magenta. Here is where you can take a closer look at Leonardo Da Vinci’s dramatic depiction of the Last Supper.
Currently, the painting is being restored, albeit partially, as it was starting to flake off. Most experts claim this is happening both because of Da Vinci’s painting method at the time and the fact that the colors were exposed to the environmental conditions without any sort of protection. Still, chances are you will thoroughly enjoy it, regardless of this aspect.
5. Teatro alla Scala
La Scala is a remarkable structure in pale shades of cream that enriches the crowded Piazza della Scala.
Regarded by many as possibly the most prestigious opera house in the entire world, it has welcomed throughout the years some of the most renowned names in the field. Unfortunately, tickets are rather hard to buy, due to high demands coming from important figures.
Milan, Italy Photo Gallery
Some other major attractions while in Milano, Italy, are the church of Sant’Ambrogio, the Bagatti Valsecchi museum, the Modern Art Gallery or Parco Sempione. If you want to get a glimpse of what you’ll be seeing during your vacation, click the button below to enter our extensive photo gallery.