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Milan
Milano
#About the fashion and design capital of Italy and Europe as a whole

Milan is the capital of the Italian Lombardy region and one of Italy's most impressive cities. This is a classic city, which is also a center of culture, design and fashion. In fact, this is Italy's fashion capital and a city with a fascinating history and noble beauty. On the other hand, this is the most universal city in Italy, the second largest in Italy, and a central city of Northern Italy. It is also the industrial and economic center of Italy, that forms the economic basis for the entire nation.

Like Rome, Milan has a wealth of historical and cultural abundance, and culinary diversity that will leave your mouth gaping, literally ... Many feel here in a great toy store of tourists. For a moment visitors are viewing Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper," then they are in front of the Duomo, one of the most beautiful and impressive cathedrals in the world. One moment a stroll around the city's splendid cannels, eat wonderful risotto at an excellent restaurant in the city, or cruise the "Milan Sea" in its magnificent park.

Here tourists come to the world fashion capital, and spend endless hours of shopping at the sparkling avenues and fashion and design complexes of the city. Vacations here offer almost everything. Along with museums full of art, and rare artifacts, there are exciting entertainments, wonderful restaurants and bustling bars, pleasant parks and city views, where no one can remain indifferent.

Milan offers tourists the best of Italian charm. With the most beautiful churches and cathedrals in the world, inspiring architecture and wonderful museums, topped with great food, culture and attractions for the whole family - seems that Milan really has everything to offer. Come and be a part of it!


#History
Today's old city center is the Roman city of "Mediolanum," from which modern Milan was erected. The birth of the city of Milan is in the 7th century BC. Back then the Celts established the city. Later it was taken over by the Romans, followed by French, Austrians and the Spanish kingdom.

Milan began to develop into a cultural center during the Renaissance period, when European culture was born as a whole. The rulers of the city began to encourage culture, art and sculpture in the city. Gradually Milan began to attract artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, who was born and worked in Vinci, Tuscany, but moved to Milan for several years.

At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon and the French army conquered the city. Half a century later, in the era of the "Spring of Nations", national spirit was storming Europe, Milan became one of the centers of nationalism in Italy. The struggle Italian independence was concentrated in Milan. Like many occupied countries, which were struggling at the time and demanded independence, in 1859 Italy won Milan back.

During World War II, when Italy was led by dictator Mussolini, became an ally of Hitler and Nazi Germany, Milan suffered heavy bombardments, mainly because it was one of the most important cities for the Italian industry. Many of the city's most important and historic buildings were destroyed by bombardments, about one third of all the city's buildings. After the defeat in the war, Milan needed a complex and long rehabilitation time that gradually restored its traditional status as a leading industrial and financial center in Italy.


#When to Visit?
With a warm, humid summer, and a very cold winter, the spring months are the most recommended for visiting Milan. Try to visit the city between April and June, or in the fall - between September and October.


#Saving
During the regular sale season (saldi) of Italy and Europe, around July and January, one can find excellent products that are on sale up to 70% off. The peak discounts times are the end-of-season sales, in the second week of July and in the first week of January.

In the Penny Market chain, spread throughout Italy, prices are cheap. Even the supermarket chain commonly used, Coop, prices are not too expensive.

Discounted entrance tickets to Milan's popular attractions and public transport, the "Milan Pass" will save a lot of money for travelers in Milan with children, those who are expected to spend a lot of money visiting various attractions. The card also saves time of standing in line and entrances for these attractions.

The card also offers free tours, transfers to major out-of-town outlets, and discounts at the outlet stores.


#Transportation
You can reach the city from the airport by the "Malpensa-Express" train, a 40-50 minute drive. The train operates 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a short break between 1:30 AM and 5:30 AM. The cost of the ticket is 12 euros per person.

Half-price travel is by bus. Terravision's economical shuttle will bring you to the city from the airport for less than 10 euros per adult, and half priced for children. Children up to the age of 5 travel free of charge.

Rent bicycles in the city and enjoy the most popular and efficient mean of transportation here. The app called BikeMe allows you to rent according to actual usage times. The app counts the actual hours of use, and does not charge for parking breaks at the many docking stations in the city, which helps reduce the price!


#Food
Milan's cuisine, though it is a bit heavy, is incredibly delicious and includes lots of butter, cheese and cream. The rice in Milan is often seen as more popular than pasta, with the creamy yellow Milanese risotto is the most sought after dish here. Try some more local delicacies like the polenta, which is prepared in all different forms. Other excellent dishes worth sampling are Ossobucco, a veal stew with gremolata sauce, served with a bone full of bone marrow. Also try the local version of the veal schnitzel called "Cotoletta Milanese," the "Pizzocchieri," buckwheat pasta and mascarpone, a ceramic cheese that is usually eaten as a dessert.

Please note that lunch in Milan is served from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM. Remember that most restaurants are closed until dinner time!
For some of the best restaurants in the city - Click on the tag "Must eat in Milan".

Best Cafés in Milan

https://youtu.be/mZBSW7aIGD0


#Entertainment
With its many clubs, bars and pubs, active until the small hours of the night, Milan's nightlife is young and vibrant. The two main entertainment venues in the city are the Barera and Nabili districts:

The district of Brera, north of the city center - Milan's entertainment center. This district has a big nightlife scene for young people and tourists. It is next to the Sforzesco Castle and the big cathedral, the Duomo is close enough to be the center of it all!

Navigli district, also known as the canal district. At its center are two water channels that create a miniature version of Venice in Milan. The district at night becomes a center of entertainment that pulls in many tourists who spend their time at clubs, bars and pubs.


#Tip
In Italian restaurants and cafés, there is no need to add tip to a check, since is already included in the price (servizio include).


#Italy Country Code
+39


#Shopping
Shopping in Milan usually revolves around the Via Vantage, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and Corso Buenos Aires. There are excellent city centers, outlets outside the city, and select shopping boulevards in the center of Milan - Click on the tag "Shopping in Milan".


#Electric Outlets
Possible plugs to use are Type F and Type L (see link below with photos).


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/myzzfwB-9Cc


A Bit From the Local street food:

https://youtu.be/BX8nveG8WjI
Cioccolati Italiani
Cioccolati Italiani
#The Ice Cream Parlor that You Want to go to in Milan

Cioccolati Italiani is an excellent café, chocolate and ice cream parlor in Milan, with high-quality ice cream, served in an appetizing and tasty style.

The long line in the place should not be surprising. With fresh Italian ice cream, a variety of flavors and special dishes, with courteous service, fine ingredients and an excellent name, no wonder the place is hot, despite the cold ice cream…

Cioccolati Italiani is located on San Rafael Street, near the Duomo Square and has other branches along the city. Along with the excellent ice creams, the chocolate bars with the extras, and the excellent cakes, you are welcome to try the warm and thick hot chocolate that an alcoholic beverage is added to here. The most popular drinks here are hot chocolate with rum or brandy.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/RAshu8p1y1E
Volandia Flight Museum
Volandia Flight Museum
#The City's Flight Museum

The Volandia Flight Museum is not in Milan but outside the city, close to Malpensa Airport, Milan.

Do not expect greatness here. This is not a huge airplane museum, like those in London or Washington. The Milan Flight Museum is a more modest museum, which tells stories of famous flights, the history of aviation pioneers and displays relatively few planes.

You will see here mostly models of airplanes rather than big airplanes. Try the flight simulators, watch aviation films, and experience experiences that are reserved mainly for hard-core enthusiasts.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/eE-ZOgIJ6N8
Viale Papiniano Market
Viale Papiniano Market
#The Wonderful Flea Market of Milan

The Viale Papiniano Market is Milan's most popular flea market. It is one of the oldest and most well-known markets in the city.

As the world's design capital, in the local flea market you will also find many vintage items that are incredibly beautiful at more affordable prices.

Along with used designer clothes and manufacturers surpluses, fashion items are also sold here at cheap prices. Of course, as in any European street market, there will also be handicrafts, housewares and artifacts from the past, and a bunch of junk that is not clear who would buy.

If you are focused and have haggling skills, you can find some great thing. Alongside the different items, there are also vegetables, fruits, cheeses and more. You can have a pleasant picnic here.

The food stands in the market offer street delicacies of Italian food and the pleasure is enormous.

After the market, take a tour of the nearby canal area. There is a wide variety of shops, galleries and cozy cafes here.



#Tips

Come early in the morning to find quality bargains. The good things are sold here fast.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/7DdwSRetEGY

Milan

Via Monte Napoleone
Via Monte Napoleone
#The Prestigious Shopping Street of Milan

Via Monte Napoleone is the street with Milan's leading fashion shops. If this city is one of the chicest and most stylistic cities in the world, this street is the paradise of fashion and world chic.

On this street are the world headquarters of a significant portion of the world's leading fashion brands. Alongside them, there is a particularly high concentration of design houses such as Versace, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Dior, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and so on.

The chic and styling on this street just do not end. All the big or important designers in the world display and sell their designs here. This shopping street is the focus of global fashion activity. Along with the world's most prestigious players, there are also quite a few stores of designers and brands that are cheaper and are still considered good enough to be here.

Via Monte Napoleone also has the best shoe stores in Italy. In the country shaped like a boot, there are excellent shoes and Italian shoes are very popular around the world. Alongside the high-end shoe stores, there are also great jewelry stores, cosmetics and watches.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/AazYGDRxNQE


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/ejFGYb-kZ9g
Spazio Forma
Spazio Forma
#The Gallery for Those Interested in Artistic Photography

The gallery of the Spazio Forma (Fondazione Forma), is a gallery dedicated to photography and modern design. The most well-known permanent exhibition reviews the history of photography and its development as an art.

There are also various and often fascinating other exhibitions. Among them are quite a few, of course, in a city like Milan, unique fashion exhibitions.
The gallery was originally set up in 2005, in the south of the city, in the former tram station of Milan. It had moved from its previous place in Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro.

This is a gallery for photography lovers. Some critics point out that although this is an excellent gallery, it tends to be quite spartan and does not elaborate on the photographs that are exhibited in the exhibitions that take place in it, which is also quite expensive.



#Tips

Check the site (below) to see if there is a temporary and unique exhibition that interests you during your vacation in the city.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/9RaDUuyDIzc
Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala
#The Most Famous Opera House in the World

Whether you enjoy classical music or pop music, why not visit one of the world's most important opera houses?

La Scala is probably the most famous opera house in the world. There is no singer, dancer, or classical conductor who would not dream of performing here. The audience at La Scala is famous not only for the cheers and enthusiastic applause that promotes artists it likes, but also for heckling the artists they dislike.

Here were the premieres of the greatest classical composers of Italy, such as Verdi, Rossini and Puccini. Every evening, the biggest stars of the opera world and the greatest conductors lead the performance of the best operas in the world.

The amazing thing is that despite the tremendous importance of this opera house and theater, it is hard to believe, from the outside, that this is the place. Its structure is very simple, at least according to the accepted European standards. The feeling changes only when you enter and are exposed to the splendor and elegance of the spaces and halls of the building. The feeling when you will walk in La Scala is that you are walking in a typical chapel of the European nobility. After being destroyed by fire, its neoclassical building was rebuilt at the end of the 18th century.

This hall hosts the best opera singers in the world every evening. Its main hall has 2,000 seats and magnificent upper galleries. Pay attention to the high ceiling and its characteristic red and gold colors.

La Scala, just minutes away from the Duomo, is also the largest theater in Europe. In addition to the large hall, there are other luxurious halls, where for many years they have been holding magnificent balls and glamorous cultural evenings. There are also ballet performances, concerts and other cultural performances here, and this place is one of the most important cultural centers of the entire city.

The building also houses the Theater Museum of La Scala, which is a fascinating and impressive place in itself. Read more about it by clicking the tag "Teatro alla Scala".



#Theater Architecture

The elegant theater of the Opera House was planned in 1776 by neo-classical architect Giuseppe Piermarini. The building was built here after the Teatro Regio Ducale Theater burned down, the former theater which was used by the city's residents for years.

The name of the theater and the opera La Scala originates from the fact that the theater was built where the steps of the Church of Santa Maria were once located. "Scala" in Italian means a staircase.

The main hall of the theater, with its high ceiling, is decorated with elegant and luxurious colors of red and gold. The hall has 2,000 seats. It also has very luxurious upper galleries, which are worth visiting. The smaller halls in the building are grand halls, used for glamorous banquets and prestigious cultural evenings.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/mzdxAEJUi0k
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Santa Maria delle Grazie
#The Basilica of da Vinci's Last Supper

The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is an impressive basilica famous for having one of the most famous paintings in the history of art and the world – Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.

The painting is a prime tourist attraction, but the basilica itself is also worth the visit, as the basilica is a masterpiece of the famous Renaissance architect Donato Bramante. While its interior is full of bright lights and constitutes a real triumph of harmony, on the outside, it is gently carved. Its nave was built in a Gothic style.

The impressive dome built above the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is also one of the finest works of the Italian Renaissance. All these made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



#Tips

The entrance to the basilica is free. Payment is only for entering and viewing the "Last Supper," which is in a separate building.

The entrance to see the painting is for 25 visitors at a time. So, it is necessary to book tickets to look at the painting a few months before the visit here. See the tag of the Last Supper.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/QS66rVYl_Ts



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/QUFWEAAC19c


San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
Church of Saint Maurice al Monastero Maggiore
#The Amazing Church of Milan

The Church of Saint Maurice al Monastero Maggiore (Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore) is a 16th-century royal chapel and one of the most prominent landmarks of the city of Milan. Many see it as the hidden jewel of the city's crown. Even if the church is not impressive or special on the outside, when you enter it, you can understand why many here call it "the Sistine Chapel of Milan."

This church is breathtaking. The interior of the church is filled with frescoes, especially spectacular murals, painted by the artist Bernardino Luini, a painter who worked with Leonardo da Vinci. In many of the frescoes, Luini commemorated Ippolita Sforza and other donors who gave money for designing the chapel.

The heart-wrenching part is hidden from view. If you enter through a small door on the left side of the altar, you will come to an isolated hall where martyrs are shown, carrying their agonies in peace. Two of the sanctities are beautiful and Christian girls, who became holy, after being tortured because they refused to give themselves to the pagan Romans. They saw the beautiful-eyed Santa Lucia, whose eyes had been pierced because she had converted to Christianity, holding her lost eyes calmly. Beside her is a painting by St. Agatha, whose breasts were cut down by pagans and she carries them on a platter.

Originally the church was built on the remains of the Roman ancient city circus. It is built in the Renaissance style and is now managed by monks from a Christian religious order. Many consider it a mandatory site in Milan and they are not mistaken. This is one of the most beautiful sites in the city. If you have the chance to attend the church choir performance, you will enjoy your visit here even more and you will have one of your most special experiences in Milan.



#Tips

Entrance is free for visitors without a guide.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/XkasKx1Eumc


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/BU9EUG_cYEc
San Bernardino alle Ossa
#The Church with the Skull Chapel

The Church of San Bernardino alle Ossa, in the center of Milan, is a church known for the unique and chilling design of its chapel.

The walls of this chapel are decorated with hundreds of human skulls and bones of unknown origin. The assumption is that they came from a hospital that was located near the church and that some of them may have belonged to the criminals who were sentenced to death.

Myths, legends, and conspiracy theories connect these bones to the illegitimate children of young women from local noble families. Another theory links them to tortured Christian martyrs who were executed.
The basilica itself is built in the form of an octagon. It was built in the 12th century, at around 1145 AD, and was restored over the years. The main renovation was done in the 17th century.

It is characterized by decorations from different periods, from Baroque decorations to Rococo motifs. The niches and the doors of the basilica, for example, are decorated with Rococo style, and in them, the motif of skulls and bones is also incorporated.

The church contains a variety of frescoes made over the centuries. These are frescoes that were painted here during the period between the 16th and the 18th centuries. These frescoes usually describe various saints whose stories appear in the New Testament. One of them also includes St. Ambrose, the patron of the city of Milan and who served as the bishop of Milan. Saint Ambrose is also known here as one who did not shrink from the fear of the Roman emperors and succeeded in establishing the church's control over their secular rule and the Roman Empire.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/lCEB8vPBAfs
Basilica of San Lorenzo
#The Basilica that Survived Everything for 1,600 Years

The Basilica of San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Maggiore) is one of the biggest and oldest churches in the city of Milan. Thanks to its exceptional architecture, this church attracts many tourists in Milan. This church is particularly impressive – from the tall and impressive Baroque dome of the church to the columns in front of it, which have become a real symbol.

These great Roman columns were named "Columns of San Lorenzo." These are the remains of the original church that existed here, a church from the 3rd century AD.

The basilica was built at about 400 AD. Over the years it has been hit several times, from fires and earthquakes. In the 16th century, it was restored while preserving the original Byzantine structure. The church has a selection of frescoes and mosaics, depicting stories from the New Testament, from the path of Jesus.

The basilica has 4 turrets that can be viewed from all over the city. From there you will see the steps and the park outside the church, where many of the city's tourists and city visitors come to sit.



#Tips

The opening hours of the church are: Sunday - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. Monday-Saturday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm.

Around the basilica there are quite a few cafes, restaurants and good bars.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/NJfhlETkVcw?t=1m59s
Piazza del Duomo
#The Main Square of Milan

Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) is the main and most famous square of Milan. At the heart of the square sits the undisputed queen of the city, the Duomo. This is the central and breath-taking cathedral of Milan.

But apart from the impressive cathedral, this main square shows other treasures. In the center of the square you can see the statue of the King of Italy, riding on his horse. The statue of the rider is Vittorio Emanuele II, who was the first king of the United Kingdom of Italy in the 19th century. This king, Vittorio Emanuele II, fought to unite Italy and in 1861 was proclaimed King of united Italy.

Not far from the king's monument, is the first mall in the world, also named after the king, "Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II." It is a luxurious shopping center from the 19th century. Shopping here is not a necessity, but the beauty and glory of the place are an experience worth visiting, whether you intend to buy things or not.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/SRUXl0wyvLY
Sempione Park
#The Big Green Park Behind the Sforza Castle

Tired of running all around the city? Do you want to stop the shopping spree, museums and amazing corners? - Take a break for a short rest and enjoy one of the charming parks offered by this city.

Sempione Park (Parco Sempione) is a magnificent and romantic park, the largest urban park in Milan. It is one of the most famous and popular parks in the city, a large, green park just behind the Sforza Castle.

Sampione serves as the city's green lung, a blooming area in the heart of the city's urban landscape. This is a great place where you can walk around year-round. The park covers a wide area northwest of Duomo. You will find many couples lying on the big lawns among the trees and the water fountains scattered around it.

The Sempione Park is designed as a neo-classical garden with many fascinating elements. Among them, you will see Arco Della Pace, the Roman-style sports amphitheater, the lake with the surrounding ducks and bridges and its beautiful tower.



#Tips

During the summer you can enjoy cheerful festivals held in the park and watch various shows in the park, often free of charge.

A quick picnic? - Buy wine with a pizza or tramezzino, the triangle sandwich sold here, come and stretch out on the grass and take your time to relax...
The park is next to the castle, around the Palazzo dell'Arte (Municipal Art Museum) and next to the aquarium, making it a resting point in the passage between them.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/gkpqxCQp9Aw



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/m47p7L4xEBc
Naviglio Grande
#The Canal Quarter that in the Evening Becomes the Entertainment Area

Navigli Quarter is the beautiful and trendy canal quarter of the city of Milan. This is one of the most popular tourist areas in the city. Among its neighborhoods are countless prestigious galleries, boutiques, chef restaurants, cozy cafes and prestigious fashion houses.

In the center of Navigli district, called the "Canal Quarter," two water trenches, left from what used to be the Navilglio of Milan, pass through the canal system, which was established in the city for agricultural purposes and became the main commercial route of the city. During the 14th century, it was expanded and adjusted to transport goods. It was used for transportation for about 500 years, until the 19th century.

These canals create within the city a miniature version of Venice. They turn the quarter into one of Milan's biggest touristy districts and is a real attraction, especially for those who want to sail calmly in boats and enjoy a peaceful view of the city's charms.

Over the course of the day, the Navigli district is distinguished by its atmosphere of freedom. Most of the visitors come to visit the two famous churches in it, the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore, which has existed here since the Roman period, and the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, which has a magnificent chapel.

In the evening, the Navigli Quarter comes alive and explodes with fashionable young men and women. So, it becomes an entertainment center, which attracts the locals and many tourists. All of them come here and go to nightclubs, bars and pubs that are very lively and spend most of the night here.

The neighborhood is named after Naviglio Grande, the river of Milan.



#Tips

In the summer you will enjoy open cultural events, fairs and markets that are open to the general public.

You can cruise for about an hour in the canals if you board the boats in Darsena, the ancient port of Milan.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/MiLYGJ18loA
Orto Botanico di Brera
#The Botanical Garden in Milan

The Brera Botanical Garden in Milan (Orto Botanico di Brera), contains hundreds of plant species that together create impressive and beautiful botanical wealth. It is operated by the University of Milan and is open to the public free of charge most of the year.

Milan's botanical garden, with an area of ​​5,000 square meters, was built in 1774 when Milan was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Empress Maria Theresa was very fond of botanical gardens and hence the garden was founded. The founder was Fulgenzio Vitman and the flower design of the period was attributed to Giuseppe Piermarini.

The garden offers a variety of rectangular flower beds, enclosed by a brick fence, with spectacular flowers of every shade and color. Spend some time in the large greenhouse, which is used by the Academy of Fine Arts and the ancient Iris and Waterpipe pool, which was created in the 18th century.

The Botanical Garden is currently operated by the University of Milan. Over the years, many medicinal herbs have been planted in it, which have grown and are now used by the medical and pharmacological departments of the university. The garden and its ancient architecture were restored in 1998 after being neglected for many years. Over the years, the observatory has also been established here.



#Tips

Admission is free most of the year.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/pLG_vYgHDqI
Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci
#The Museum of Science and Technology of Milan

Founded in 1953, the Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci (Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Tecnica) is a museum named after the Renaissance genius, scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci. It is housed in a 16th-century monastery.

At the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, you will see exhibits reviewing the development of science. This is an interesting review of scientific development throughout the ages. Along with science, one can learn from the technological representations that demonstrate the discoveries and developments in the world of technology and how they have contributed and changed the course of history.

The attraction here and a particularly interesting thing is the building dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. This section presents fascinating models based on drawings made by the genius. This is a great place for science enthusiasts and children who discover the world of the classic Renaissance man – both artist and inventor, both researcher and scientist and also a man of medicine.

With the help of the most innovative technology in the world, children and youth can learn here how the genius mind worked.



#What is There to See Here?

The Science and Technology Museum contains seven different areas, each offering educational displays for children and interactive activities. There are quite a few models and interactive devices that children who experience them learn various scientific principles.

It might be hard to believe, but the museum has more than 16,000 scientific and technological exhibits. These are displayed in various sections of the museum.

Among the departments of the rich and large museum are the Departments of Transport and Energy, the Space Department, a department dedicated to the work of Leonardo da Vinci and more. There are many models that were built according to the plans and drawings of the genius inventor and according to experiments he conducted in various fields, such as energy and communications.

Quite a bit of the museum is dedicated to the history and development of science and technology in Italy. There is an emphasis here on the innovations that various Italian inventors have contributed to the world, in a variety of inventions such as the radio, the submarine and the helicopter.

In the New Frontiers Department, you can see Enrico Toti's submarine, as well as a rock brought back from the moon, and the Italian passenger ship SS Conte Biancamano.



#About Leonardo de Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was perhaps the greatest artist and inventor of all time. This is a man who dealt in a variety of fields and in all of them he excelled in brilliance. There has not been a man in human history who has so wondrously explored, created, discovered and planned like Leonardo da Vinci. He believed that art, science, and nature were closely linked.

That is also how he managed his time. In his life, Leonardo worked in various fields and emerged as a painter, sculptor, scientist, engineer, mathematician, anatomist, inventor, architect and also an outstanding musician. Many see Leonardo as a classic Renaissance man, dealing with a variety of areas, and not only one.

As an inventor, he invented and came up with innumerable inventions, most of them, revolutionary to his time and ahead of their time by hundreds of years. These include inventions such as a bicycle, helicopter, submarine, parachute, tank, flying machine, water skiing equipment, diving suit, mechanical knight, a drum that plays alone and many more.

At the same time, many see Leonardo as one of the greatest painters in art history. He painted barely 20 paintings but left a remarkable legacy in the history of painting and the most famous paintings in history. The most prominent of these is, of course, the Mona Lisa, the most important and famous painting in the world, which is located in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The "Last Supper," Leonardo's painting on the wall of the dining room of a convent in Milan, was also considered one of the most important artistic pearls of the Renaissance.

By the way, Leonardo da Vinci’s last name was not an ordinary surname, but a link to the city where he grew up: Leonardo from the city ofVinci.



#Tips

For a long visit in the museum bring food and drinks with you. There is no cafeteria.

The museum hosts activities and workshops for children, in English as well. They are held on Tuesdays – Fridays from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/X1cp9J1Ygrw
Children's Museum
#The Children's Museum in Milan

The Museo dei Bambini (MUBA) is located in the center of Milan.
In this museum, children can play different games. The museum is a fascinating cultural center for them, and it combines a variety of activities with exhibitions for children.

The rooms in the museum were designed to encourage and stimulate creative thinking among the children. There are many creative stimuli, including silhouettes, wooden bricks and creative construction parts, as well as walls on which the children can draw, and other intriguing items for both adults and children.

The museum also has a very large collection of toys. You will also see antique toys and games, along with mechanical toys, porcelain dolls, electric trains, dollhouses and more. All these come from different periods, from the 16th century to the middle of the 20th century.



#Tips

The museum is for children aged 3-12.

The museum also houses a children's theater with weekly performances in English.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Lj9qYTm0PQQ?t=20s


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/vKjRFShNySA


Archaeological Civic Museum
#The City’s Museum of Archeology

In the heart of the city, in a number of ancient buildings, is Milan’s archaeological museum called the Archaeological Civic Museum (Museo Civico Archeologico). This museum presents many archaeological findings and remains from the Roman settlement of Mediolanum, which preceded Milan and the foundations on which the city was built.

The museum is located in interesting old buildings dating back to the 13th century, renovated and renewed in 2008. Look out to the back and see the ancient watchtower, which was part of Milan's defense system. Later it became a chapel where the monks prayed in the convent, which once housed the compound.

The museum complex is surrounded by gardens that are a quiet and ideal resting place for archeological enthusiasts. The complex combines ancient elements with beautifully landscaped gardens.



#What You Can See Here

Within the walls of the museum, you will find several spaces and complexes, each containing archaeological findings from different periods in the history of Milan.

Among the many exhibits here you can see sculptures, tools and a wealth of findings from the archaeological sites in the city and from all the ages of settlement in the area. Take the time to see the frescoes from the 13th century, which document scenes from the New Testament.

On the basement level there are collections of Greek art and Buddhist art, originating from the Afghan border with Pakistan.

On the first floor you will see findings from the Roman settlement of Mediolanum, on which modern Milan was built.

On the second floor there are exhibits with various findings, from prehistoric and Neolithic times to the Roman Empire.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/P1OhhNwoer8



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/ESGJnhq0-tI
MUDEC
#The Museum of Cultured Civilizations of Milan

The MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures of Milan, is the city's cultural museum. There are permanent and changing exhibitions of diverse cultures from the past and the present, from all over Europe and the world.

MUDEC stands for "Museo delle Culture". With more than 7,000 exhibits from around the world, the museum’s goal is to bring the Italian public closer to the cultures of the foreigners living in Italy and to the different cultures of Milan.
The museum's permanent collection was born from an ethnographic collection of objects previously collected by Italian missionaries and travelers from around the world. Its goal is to be an anthropological center for the presentations of living cultures, and today it also holds many exhibits from present cultures from all over the world.

Located 3 kilometers southwest of the city center and the Duomo, the museum is housed in a huge and impressive building in its modernist design. The museum's modern and unique architecture is a worthy and intriguing place to visit for an enthusiast of cultures and anthropology.



#The Museum's Architecture

The MUDEC was built on the ruins of a factory where iron locomotives were used for trains. At one point the municipality of Milan bought it and asked for proposals from architects to turn the building into a museum. The winner was the British architect David Chipperfield, who was tasked with designing the industrial building and designing it for use as a museum.

The result is beautiful and incredibly modern. Chipperfield was able to create a flowing and contemporary structure, light and prominent, but clean enough to allow and respect the exhibits and items shown here.

A staircase leads the visitors up to the amorphous entrance hall rising from the street level, which is clearly shapeless. This flowing, soft nature is enhanced by the bright light that enters through the sealed glass from which it is made.

Visitors enter from the bright entrance to dark exhibition halls, reminiscent of private exhibition rooms from the past. In such dark rooms the rich Europeans used to boast and impress their guests with rare and expensive objects brought from afar. This is how the modern museum corresponds to the aristocratic past and the pre-museum exhibition, and it is still fascinating to present exhibits from the cultures of the present era, as well as from ancient cultures in the past.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ev9ixJT-Ykk
Monumental Cemetery
#The World's Most Beautiful Cemetery

There are not many cemeteries in the world that are tourist attractions. The historic Monumental Cemetery of Milan is one of the most beautiful cemeteries where you can visit and even be happy about it if you like beauty and sculptures and have a connection to any emotions. This is a cemetery where artistic sculptures of quality and quantity are scattered, which only a country like Italy seems to be able to produce.

This is a beautiful cemetery date back to 1866, where Italian statues, classical and contemporary, adorn the tombstones and gardens. And it's not just sculptures and small art. Look around and you will see here an enchanting splendor, of the finest classical architecture. From Egyptian-style obelisks to copies of Greek temples.

From the main entrance, made of marble stone and neo-Renaissance design, you will arrive at the exhibition with sketches and photos, which have an overview of the history of the place, documentation and stories of its unique graves and monuments.

Near the entrance, you will see the magnificent graves of the city's dignitaries. The cemetery also contains a monument to the 800 Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. Holocaust victims who were taken during World War II and murdered in the concentration camps. They are commemorated in the Palanti Chapel.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/q-hgIsFOvbQ


A tour:

https://youtu.be/zcUwDB69SwY
Mercatone dell' Antiquariato
#The Sunday Monthly Antiques Market

Mercatone dell'Antiquariato, or the antique market of Naviglio Grande, is a popular antiques market and flea market, where all the lovers of vintage and second-hand bargain hunters will be happy to visit.

The market is held on the last Sunday of every month, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, except for July. It operates in Naviglio Grande, in the Navilli district, in the southwestern part of the city.

If you are an antique or vintage enthusiast and you are in town on this day, this is the place to go.



#The Antiquities Market at the End of the Month

The antiques market of Naviglio Grande is a huge, vibrant and colorful antiques market spread over two kilometers (1.25 miles). With about 400 stalls and a true carnival atmosphere, it seems you can find everything there.

There are plenty of bargains here, including posters, clocks, books, records, antiques, furniture, coins, porcelains, toys, clothes from the past and many more.

Take the time and rummage through thousands of items. On the tables of the peddlers and between them you will also find quite a few wonderful street food booths. The atmosphere here is pleasant and inviting, especially in the morning and afternoon.

Also, in the surrounding area, we will mention that it is one of the most fashionable areas in Milan. You will find a wide range of cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlors. Alongside them will be clubs, art galleries, fashion shops, design and cheap second-hand shops. Enjoy!



#Tips

Try to arrive early in the morning, before it gets crowded and before the good finds will be gone.

Park in a legitimate parking lot, because cars that park on the street get towed or get very big fines.



A Closer Look:
https://youtu.be/Y3JlS57EPd4



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/mnNOvUetNes
Lake Idroscalo
Leonardo's Restored Winery Museum
Indro Montanelli Public Gardens
La Rinascente
HangarBicocca


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