Milan is Italy’s economic powerhouse, a lively financial, industrial city and a worldwide fashion hub.
Besides, it is rich in beauty and artistic masterpieces.
The late-Gothic Duomo, or Cathedral, is Milan monumental symbol. From its heights visitors can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the entire city.
Just close to the Cathedral, the Palazzo Reale, seat of the Communal Government of Milan, and the historic halls which are often location of important art exhibits. Next to the Palazzo Reale is the uber-modern Museum of the 20th Century. Nearby is another of the city’s icons, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with historic restaurants, bars and fashion boutiques.
Teatro La Scala, the famous Milanese theatre, is just on the other end of the Galleria.
The Sforza Castle, built as a defense in the mid-14th Century, has been transformed into a painting gallery and houses the Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo.
Of great artistic importance is the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo da Vinci painted his breathtaking Last Supper (more info here).
Finally, Santa Maria in San Satiro, with Bramante’s mesmerizing trompe l’oeil (more info here), the Paleo Christian Basilica of San Lorenzo near Porta Ticinese and the Navigli, Brera with its Pinacoteca, one of Milan liveliest neighborhood, colored by numerous restaurants, bars, antiques dealers.
Milano is known for being the Italian capital of design and fashion. Fairs, shows and events run in the city throughout the year. If you plan to go shopping, don’t miss the superfashion Montenapoleone neighborhood and its boutiques, one of the leading glamour and shopping district in the world.