Milan is barely the first choice of a traveler who is planning to visit Italy, and this evolves the reason why you should be there. This place is highly rich in its culture and its historical past. You can have everything in Milan you desire to look for as a traveler. Let us take you guys on a trip to Milan, Italy.
And before you reach there, let us tell you some basics about Milan as a city. Milan lies in the heart of the Lombardy region in Northern Italy. It is the leading financial center of Italy. Apart from this, it is a highly prosperous manufacturing and commercial city. Although Rome remains to be the political capital, however, Milan is well known for being a moral capital of Italy. If the area if to be discussed, then Milan is widely spread in an area of 1,981 square kilometers along with a population of around 5,270,000 people. Adding more to this, it is the second highly populous city after Rome.
Now, to start with the tourist destinations, you can begin with the Milan Cathedral.
1. II Duomo of Milan Cathedral
II Duomo or the Milan Cathedral is the highly impressive architectural structures of Milan that stand high at Piazza Del Duomo. Its construction began in 1386 and ended in 1965. This monument has seen around 600 years and is still a mark of history that marks history. This church is the world’s fifth-largest church as it can hold up a population of about 40,000 people at a time. The roof has been topped with 135 pinnacles of delicately carved marbles. Adding more to this, the exterior is adorned with 2,245 marble statues. The interior is pretty welcoming with its strikingly contrasting dim interior and enhances the powerful impression with its 52 gigantic pillars. Apart from this, the stained-glass windows in the nave are the largest in the world. What highlights the interiors are the seven-branched bronze candelabrum by Nicholas of Verdun in 1200. Make sure you don’t dare to skip this place as if you will miss this, you probably won’t be able to admire the intricacies of architecture and a panoramic view of the city as well.
2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
When you think of Milan, the very first thing that pops up in mind is none other the fashionista and couture along with the shopping. This city is popularly famous for its fashion weeks and is a home for numerous designer boutiques. People all across the globe, keep a check on the catwalks of Milan twice a year in order to grab the trending fashion in a particular season.
Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II is home to the luxurious shopping complexes and fascinating elegant cafes in Milan. It forms one side of Piazza del Duomo and on the other side, it opens at Piazza Della Scala. This place also has a nickname in the Italian language, “il salotto di Milano” which means Milan’s drawing-room. This structure was designed by the Giuseppe Mengoni and it was built from 1865 to 1877. It is the largest shopping arcade in Europe. There is a dome that soars high at a height of 48 meters from its mosaic floor. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II portrays the incredible architecture of industrial iron and glass constructions and with this, it becomes a must-visit place in Milan.
3. Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
It was 1465 when the Gothic brick church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Corso Magenta had begun. The architectural monument is finely covered with a six-sided dome and reminds of the Early Renaissance style of architecture. It was designed by Bramante, who was Italy’s one of the most influential architects of those times. The church and the adjoining refectory possess Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’. However, it was badly vandalized during World War II and during its repair, old sgraffito paintings came to light. At the last, in the north aisle, there is a Baroque chapel of Madonna Delle Grazie, along with an altarpiece of Madonna.
The basic reason why you be mad about visiting Santa Maria Delle Grazie is to see da Vinci’s famous works that are painted on the refectory wall of the former Dominican monastery.
4. Leonardo da Vinci’s Vineyard
Leonardo da Vinci’s Vineyard is another masterpiece of architectural works Milan. In 1482, Leonardo da Vinci moved to Castello Sforzesco and began to work as a court painter, on an invitation sent to him by Duke Ludovico Sforza. In this period, in Milan, da Vinci created some of his impeccable works that included “The Last Supper” at Santa Maria Delle Grazie. Apart from this, he also contributed to several other projects of the city that includes engineering new waterways in Naviglio. In order to thank Leonardo da Vinci’s efforts, Duke offered him a small vineyard which is right opposite to Santa Maria Delle Grazie. This is now open for everyone and is known as La Vigna di Leonardo. You can visit the vineyard, garden, and adjacent museum, Atellani House as well.
5. Naviglio Lombardi
Naviglio Lombardi is an area in the southwest of the city which was formed around a group of canals with a center which was named Navigli Grande, 1179. Milan’s canal was constructed for irrigation, however, later on, they have expanded transportation of goods under the trade and it continued to be a waterway till the 19th century. However, in the current scenario, there is the bustling sound of music from the bars and restaurants that line up the pavements of Naviglio Lombardi. You can feel a different essence of the center of the Milan as you will be able to see the buildings painted with rusty hues of yellow and pink and narrow side-streets and vineyards all make the place a perfect one to stroll all around. You can enjoy a 55-minute cruise along the Naviglio Lombardi and tour boats that depart from historical port Darsena to Naviglio Grande. Apart from this, canal-side cafes, music, and clubs are some of the fascinating things you can do over there. It’s highly active in the evenings and it goes till late nights. Additionally, you can visit this place during daytime for boutiques and artists’ workshops, restaurants and frequent festivals, like Festa Di Fiori,Festa del Naviglio, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Sagra di San Cristoforo (Festival of Saint Christopher) and many more.