Hello Milano has made a checklist of places you just cannot miss in Milano.
A vision in pink Candoglia marble, Milan's extravagant Gothic cathedral, 600 years in the making, aptly reflects the city's creativity and ambition. Crowning it all is a gilded copper statue of the Madonnina (Little Madonna), the city's traditional protector.
The most spectacular view is through the innumerable marble spires and pinnacles that adorn the rooftop. On a clear day you can see the Alps.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
Milan's most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) is hidden away on a wall of the refectory adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. Depicting Christ and his disciples at the dramatic moment when Christ reveals he's aware of his betrayal, it's a masterful psychological study and one of the world's most iconic images. Centuries of damage have left the mural in a fragile state despite 22 years of restoration, which was completed in 1999. To see it you must book in advance. Check availability and book here: www.vivaticket.it
Pinacoteca di Brera
The Pinacoteca di Brera's collection of works of art includes several of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art anywhere in the world.
Just to mention a few: Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio, The Dead Christ and the Three Mourners By Andrea Mantegna and Sposalizio della Vergine by Raffaello. The collection includes paintings by artists of the XX century like Braque, Modigliani, Picasso, Morandi, De Chirico and other famous artists.
Navigli di Milano
Canals? In Milan? Yes and not only are there canals in Milan, one of them was designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself. The Navigli has become much more of a haven for artists so you can find cute shops, small art galleries, and charming restaurants. This is also one neighborhood that's well-known for its nightlife, so if it seems too quiet during daylight hours just come back after dark.
Originally a Visconti fortress, this iconic red-brick castle was later home to the mighty Sforza dynasty, who ruled Renaissance Milan. The castle's defenses were designed by the multitalented da Vinci; Napoleon later drained the moat and removed the drawbridges. Today, it houses seven specialized museums, which gather together intriguing fragments of Milan's cultural and civic history, including Michelangelo's final work, the Rondanini Pietà.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is considered the living room of Milan. It was built in the first half of XIX century and its style looked at the urban evolutions of the great European capitals.
The Galleria is full of shops and bars and it is wonderful to just mingle and have a drink with the locals.
Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is a church originally attached to the most important female convent of the Benedictines in the city, Monastero Maggiore, which is now in use as an archaeological museum.The interior has a vaulted nave separated by the divisor wall (the nuns followed the mass from a grating) and flanked by groin-vaulted chapels. The most important artwork of the church is the cycle of frescoes from the 16th century covering the walls. The dividing wall has frescoes depicting the Life of San Maurizio by Bernardino Luini. The hall of the nuns is also completely painted. The partition wall, a work by Bernardino Luini always the thirties of the sixteenth century, presents images of Saint Catherine, Saint Agatha, the Marriage at Cana, the Carrying of the Cross of Christ on the Cross and Christ died. San Maurizio is called the Sistine Chapel of Lombardy because of the great frescoes.
Walk over the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and admire the stunning rooftops of the famous Galleria and the Milan's skyline.
Get a close up look at the Duomo spires and enjoy breath-taking views of Milan.