Milan Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
Milan is a city known as a financial, commercial and industrial centre. It is also known as a major centre for the fashion and design industry in addition to being a trade fair centre. However, there is much more to Milan, Italy’s second-most populated city. It is a dynamic metropolis with much in the way of cultural attractions, several excellent museums, great food and dining and some outstanding architectural gems which can be discovered on an Italy vacation.
The first major site that comes to mind is Milan Cathedral, also known as the Duomo. This majestic and extremely impressive Gothic-style building, made of white marble, is a city landmark. Dating back to the 14th Century, one is immediately impressed with the hundreds of spires and thousands of statues on the exterior of the cathedral. From the rooftop, which can be reached by either an elevator or stairs, one can enjoy spectacular views of the city and on a clear day, see as far as the Swiss Alps. In a separate building, the Duomo Museum contains around 200 articles including statues, tapestries, terracotta models, paintings, and stained-glass windows. The Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s most important square, contains more than just the cathedral. There is the Royal Palace, an impressive 18th Century building and a number of excellent shops, cafes and restaurants to be enjoyed on an Italy vacation package.
The famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper, is housed in the rectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Though it is in a permanent state of restoration, it is deemed by experts as one of the world’s most important and moving works of art. The church itself is also well worth a visit and has been granted a UNESCO World Heritage status. There are a number of other Renaissance paintings to be viewed.
Probably the most renowned Opera House in the world, the La Scala Theatre, apart from being a performance centre for opera, also has a museum attached to it. It contains a collection of paintings, drafts, costumes, and other documents relating to the history of La Scala. A visit to the museum allows a brief glimpse of the auditorium of the opera house.
The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of Milan's most important art galleries and includes masterpieces by many of Italy’s foremost traditional painters. Its collection can be compared to that of the Louvre in Paris and the Prado in Madrid.
The Villa Necchi Campiglio, an oasis in the city, dates back to the 1930’s and is surrounded by a beautiful garden. The house provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of those who once lived and worked here. There is a collection of decorative arts and furnishings from the 30’s era.
Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) was built in the 15th Century and was one of the largest citadels in Europe. It now houses several of the city's museums which showcase collections of art, furniture, tapestry, Egyptian artifacts and armoury.
Not far from the cathedral is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. This large, spectacular, glassed-roofed shopping arcade is considered one of Milan’s most important luxury shopping venues. Not only are there boutique stores but a host of restaurants and cafes. The modern architecture of the Galleria is something to observe. Mainly iron and glass, reminiscent of Parisian train stations, give the place a special style. Another important shopping centre on your trip to Italy is the Via Montenapoleone where designer stores offer exclusive and expensive merchandise. 10 Corso Como is another shopping and dining district which combines venues showing and selling works of art, fashion, music and design to be enjoyed on Italy vacations.
An interesting neighbourhood is I Navigli (translates as The Canals), an artsy neighborhood with many art studios and little galleries hidden down side streets. It has been restored from being an abandoned canal site to a mix of old-world shops and cafes plus an antiques market along the canal banks once a month. During the summer, visitors can take a boat tour for an hour along the canal.
The largest parks in central Milan include the English-style Sempione Park, opened in 1890 which contains an aquarium, a panoramic tower, a Japanese garden and an art exhibition centre. The Montanelli Gardens, created in the 18th century, is home to the Natural History Museum of Milan and a planetarium.
Finally, on an Italy vacation, for your dining pleasure, there are many restaurants serving mouth-watering cuisine in the Northern Italian tradition. Many restaurants and bars are located in the historic centre and the Brera and Navigli districts.
So, after your time in some of Italy’s other major tourist centres, Milan awaits your visit on a tour of Italy.
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