The emblem of Milan and a triumph of the Lombard Gothic style, the Duomo is dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent. Construction began on the imposing cathedral in the late 14th Century at the request of Gian Galeazzo Visconti and Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo. It is decorated with 3400 statues and on top of the highest spire (108m) there is a statue of the Madonnina, symbol of the Lombard capital, covered in 3900 pieces of gold leaf.
The Palazzo Reale, or Royal Palace, was home to the families who governed Milan, such as the Visconti and the Sforza, from the 12th Century and then to Spanish and Austrian rulers in later centuries. It now houses temporary art exhibitions and the Museo del Duomo, which displays architectural elements, statues, antique stained glass windows and precious sacred furnishings from the cathedral.
GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
One of Milan's most picturesque meeting points. It is a covered arcade with an iron and glass framework in a cruciform pattern and in the centre is a floor mosaic representing the Savoy coat of arms. It was constructed in 1870 and houses restaurants, historic cafes and shops.
MUSEO DEL ‘900
The Museum of the Twentieth Century is housed in the Palazzo dell' Arengario and displays approximately four hundred of the nearly four thousand Italian 20th-century works of art belonging to the Civiche Raccolte d'Arte milanesi.
TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Facing onto one of the most elegant squares in Milan, La Scala is one of the most famous theatres in the world. It was built in the late 18th Century to plans made by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini, at the request of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. A range of operas, classical concerts and ballets are performed during the theatre season, which is one of the most important appointments in the Milanese social calendar.
CASTELLO SFORZESCO AND PARCO SEMPIONE
Another symbol of Milan is the Sforza Castle, built in the middle of the 15th Century for Francesco Sforza. This sumptuous fortified palace houses several Milanese museums and temporary exhibitions and also contains Michelangelo's last work, the Rondanini Pietà. The castle is surrounded by the semicircular Bonaparte Forum and by the large Sempione park.
SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE AND CENACOLO
A short distance from the Castle is the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, remodelled by Bramante in the mid 1400s. Next to the church, on the wall of the refectory of the former Dominican convent Leonardo created his fresco of The Last Supper. Careful restoration lasting 20 years has restored this wonderful masterpiece to its former glory.
BASILICA DI SANT’AMBROGIO
A splendid example of the Lombard Romanesque style, the Basilica houses works of art and valuable relics documenting sixteen centuries of the city's history.
TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM
Inaugurated in 2007, it is the first museum dedicated to Italian design. Situated in the headquarters of the Milan Triennale institution it allows visitors to discover the excellence of Italian design in an innovative way.
SAN SIRO STADIUM
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, also known as San Siro Stadium after the area in which it is located, is the largest stadium in Italy and one of the most famous and prestigious football stadiums in the world.
THE FASHION RECTANGLE
Milan is synonymous with fashion. The fashion rectangle is located between via Montenapoleone, via della Spiga, corso Venezia and via Sant'Andrea. The boutiques of the world's leading fashion designers are to be found in this large area: from Giorgio Armani to Prada and from Gianni Versace to Dolce e Gabbana. A real oasis of pleasure for shopping lovers.
The traditional and picturesque zone of Navigli (artificial canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci) is full of restaurants and traditional and modern bars. In the evenings the area comes alive with Milanese 'movida', or nightlife. In the summer it is possible to organise mini cruises along these historic waterways which run from the city centre to the beautiful countryside, characterised by villas and monuments.
THE BRERA QUARTER
One of the most exclusive and elegant areas of the city: 18th-century palaces, open air cafes and stylish clothing and gift boutiques give it a vaguely bohemian atmosphere.
ARCO DELLA PACE – CORSO SEMPIONE
The Arch of Peace was designed by Luigi Cagnola in 1807 in order to give a triumphal welcome to Napoleon and depicts Peace riding in a chariot pulled by six horses. It is located in a very lively area of the city that offers a wide selection of restaurants and bars.
COLONNE DI SAN LORENZO
The Columns of San Lorenzo in corso di Porta Ticinese no. 39, are one of the few Roman relics in Milan. They are particularly atmospheric in the evening and there are a number of trendy bars nearby.
Corso Como is a pedestrian island and is one of the main nightlife areas in Milan.
Here there are many bars and nightclubs, important art galleries, restaurants and high fashion showrooms.
For more information on Milan's varied and plentiful nightlife please visit milano.tonight.eu
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