Milan is the second Italian city, capital of fashion and design, with a different atmosphere from cities like Rome or Florence.
In the Piazza Duomo is located the symbol of the city, the Duomo a massive gothic cathedral, the fourth -largest church in Europe. To experience it at its best you must reach the roof and give a close look to the Madonnina, a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary which is the protector of the city. From the Duomo you can also enter the Baptistery which dates back to the 4th century.
A short distance away is the Ambrosiana Library & Picture Gallery, oldest museum in Milan with great paintings, drawings and medieval manuscripts. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered cross-shape arcade which hosts luxurious boutiques and fancy coffees.
Nearby is also the astonishingly beautiful La Scala Opera House, destroyed during WWII then reopened in 1946 remains one of the major Opera House in the world. Furthermore, the massive fourteenth century’s Sforza Castle has been a residence of the Sforza family during Renaissance but also a fort against invaders, nowadays hosts several museums.
In the singular neighborhood of Brera visit the Brera Picture Gallery, with its great collection of ancient and modern art and important Venetian and Lombard Paintings.
Just behind the gothic Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in the former refectory of the neighboring convent, you can find the Last supper, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the mural which gathers people from all over the world. If you are interested in Leonardo’s work you can also visit the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology, settled in an old monastery, the collection includes copies and models encompassing fields such as music, telecommunication, astronomy, transportation, physics, motion-pictures and much more.
The Church of St Ambrogio, is named after Milan’s Patron who built the first church when he was Milan’s bishop, has been destroyed and rebuilt several times but its style influenced the other churches in the region. Another interesting thing to visit is the Monumental cemetery overflowing with contemporary and classic sculptures may be considered an open air museum.
From the top of the iron-made Branca Tower in the middle of the Parco Sempione (Simplon Park) you can enjoy a great view of the city. If you are a fashion lover, you mustn’t forget to stroll around the Quadrilateral of fashion – Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via dell Spiga and Corso Venezia.
In the neighborhood of Navigli, which was a system of channel around the city, you can find the perfect spot to enjoy nightlife with a lot of concerts, bars, restaurants and clubs.