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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".


#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
Last Supper
Cenacolo Vinciano
#Leonardo Da Vinci's famous fresco

It may be hard to believe, but one of the most famous paintings in the world is found in a dark dining room of a church, and only thanks to the meticulous reconstruction and preservation work that restored the important work from the danger of total annihilation, you are about to observe the monumental work.

Because in Milan you will get the precious and exciting opportunity to see one of the most well-known, and frequently quoted pieces of art in the world. This is the fresco of Leonardo da Vinci's Cenacolo Vinciano. There are not many influential works like her and she is rightly considered one of the most esteemed artistic achievements in the history of art, not to mention the myriad of interpretations, debates, and discussions that revolve around it.

The painting, created in 1498 by the Renaissance man and one of the greatest artists of all time, describes the Jesus’s last meal, the Passover Seder, together with the twelve apostles who surrounded him. At that meal he would announce to his emissaries that one of them was to turn him over to the Romans.

Many believe this is the most famous mural in the world. Indeed, the painting of the dining room wall in the small Dominican convent of the Church of Santa Maria della Gracia has over the years been transformed into countless different cultural gestures, from the Simpsons to the Sopranos, the family crime series.

The church itself is very beautiful and unique. It was a Renaissance building severely damaged by the bombing of the city in World War II in 1943 and was renovated after the war.



#About the Painting - Courtesy of the Eureka Encyclopedia

"The Last Supper" is one of the most famous paintings in art history and one of the most important of Leonardo da Vinci's. It was completed at the end of the 15th century and has over the years won many cultural gestures, from artists who have created artistic gestures to TV shows such as the Simpsons and the Sopranos.

The painting probably describes what was the Last Passover Seder of Jesus, with Jesus himself and his disciples. At this feast he declared that one of the twelve apostles would betray him and that he himself would die. By the way, the "Last Supper" was a subject many drew during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

But Leonardo's "Last Supper" was a revolution – for the first time, Jesus and the apostles were painted without halos of holiness. Leonardo tried (and succeeded) to present Jesus and his men as human beings rather than celestial saints, as was customary at the time.

The picture was drawn on the wall of a convent room in the city. The painting depicting Jesus and his friends was crumbling. The reconstructions of the work, the opening of a door on the wall on which it was painted, the attempt to move to another place, and even the bombing of the room in which it was in in World War II - all severely damaged it. Even a modern attempt to recreate the painting on the wall only obscured and spoiled what was without a doubt a glorious creation. Only in the last few decades the reconstruction has been more successful and completed, which restored some of the paintings dignity.

The painting uses a special perspective that creates a sense of depth. The diagonal lines seen in the windows and the ceiling give the picture a perspective by becoming narrower, just as the eye sees the deep, three-dimensional reality. This was Leonardo's specialty and he manages to attract the gaze of the beholder to the figure of Christ in the center of the painting.

The apostles' figures are divided into triads, a hint of the Holy Trinity that is so important to the Christians. There are six apostles on each side of Christ. Pay attention to the depth of the characters and the movement embodied in each one. Especially of the traitor, Judas Iscariot, is clearly visible. There is a literary description in which Leonardo the artist is described as one who seeks "the most corrupt man in the world" to be a model for Judas in the painting. In the book, he finally finds a German merchant who suits exactly what he was looking for.



#Tips

Since only 25 visitors are allowed to see the painting at any given time, visitors must buy an entry ticket in advance on the internet. It is also recommended to get in early in the morning, especially during high tourist season, and before the tourist groups arrive and noise levels are high.

The viewing slot for the painting is only fifteen minutes.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/QUFWEAAC19c
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 Airport 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
Stadio San Siro
Stadio San Siro
#The Stadium of Inter and Milan

For many sports fans around the world, Milan is one of the best sports centers in the world. San Siro Stadium is not only the huge and famous stadium where the well-known soccer teams Milan and Inter play, but a real holy shrine. This football stadium can accommodate 85,000 people.

A tour of the stadium and the San Siro Museum is a great experience for soccer and world sports fans. There is a half-day tour with a bus that takes you from the center of Milan straight to the locker rooms, the press room and you will be wandering around the bleachers and the field itself.
From there, you will go behind the scenes of the stadium to visit the prestigious club Casa Milan, the headquarters of AC Milan football team.

Later, you will enjoy a light meal at the local restaurant and more.

So, a visit with football fans where sporting events take place in Europe and around the world, with club members and players passing by, is a real must for football lovers.



#The Stadium of Milan Museum – Casa Milan Museum

Welcome to Casa Milan, the only museum in Italy located on the grounds of an active stadium. Here are the headquarters of the AC Milan football team.

If you have children or adults who are fans of European soccer teams, they will definitely enjoy it here. Those who simply want to absorb the atmosphere of Italian soccer will also enjoy a few hours.

No football fan would want to give up on getting to know this club. AC Milan was founded in 1899 and since then, although the group has experienced ups and downs, losses and victories, failures and successes it has always been considered one of the most admired and popular groups in Italy and throughout Europe. With the exception of Real Madrid, there is no team that has gone past Milan in 2018 in the number of championships in the European Cup for the Champions.

Here, you can visit an advanced and innovative museum, where the exhibits are historic and impressive. A visit to the Museum of Inter and Milan football clubs will show you the cupboard of victory trophies. These are the many trophies that these two great clubs have won.

The museum also offers a gift shop that is a paradise for soccer fans and fans of Italian football. Here is the place to buy an authentic team football and upgrade your football experience. At the stadium's restaurant, there is Italian food that is almost homey and is very tasty.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/-SuyR5rotco



#A View From Above:

https://youtu.be/_e3UCmxGFQs

Milan

Cavallo di Leonardo
Cavallo di Leonardo
#The Horse that was Sculpted After 500 years

The story of Cavallo di Leonardo (Leonardo’s horse) statue is fascinating, almost unbelievable in terms of adoration of artists, even if it is as brilliant as Leonardo da Vinci.

In his life, Leonardo da Vinci was engaged in countless fields of art, science and technology. Many do not know that he also found time to sculpture and did that along with his amazing painting career.

In a sculpting project he engaged in during his youth, he reached a climax. Leonardo planned the construction of the horse for 17 years, which connected and contributed to his almost obsessive preoccupation with horses, which resulted in countless horse records and the study of their movement.

Leonardo set himself a great goal - to build the world's largest horse sculpture. At one point he managed to create a large clay model of the horse, which was placed in the courtyard of the Sforza Castle. But the French soldiers who invaded Italy in 1494 destroyed it. The Italian army also contributed to the mess by using the bronze that was meant to be used to build the statue was used to produce weapons. Leonardo died and did not end up building the statue.

But the dream of the statue of the horse did not relent. The bronze statue you see was created only at the end of the 20th century, 500 years after Leonardo's death.

The story is amazing. The creator of it is an American art collector named Charles Dent. He heard about the story and decided to complete the plan to build the huge horse statue, as a tribute to the great artist, and to present it as a gift to the city of Milan. Dent recruited funds and a team of sculptors and experts who created the sculpture and in 1999 completed its construction. The construction of the statue was based on the drawings and plans left behind by Da Vinci. Incidentally, the American entrepreneur died before the end of the construction of the horse and his son was the director of the completion of the project.

Today, this statue is the largest horse statue in the world. It rises to a height of 7.5 meters and weighs 15 tons. The city of Milan placed it at the entrance to the city's horse racing arena, near the San Siro stadium.

It stands on a surface of white Carrara marble, with a base made of granite. On the base stone is written: "The wind that blows between the ears of the horse is the spirit of heaven."

Statue replicas were also placed in Michigan, United States and a small replica in the town of Vinci in Tuscany, the town where Leonardo was born and named after.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/cIbirWS3Uck
Monumental Cemetery
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 dating 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
Triennale
Triennale
#The Museum of Design, Art and Architecture

Even if now it has a lot of competition around the world, many see the city of Milan as the design capital of Italy and perhaps of all of Europe. So, it is only natural that its design museum will be particularly impressive.

Indeed, the Triennale Museum of Design and Architecture is one of the world's most regarded museums for design, art and contemporary architecture. Its main goal is to present the Italian design that has become famous in the world, an innovative and heterogeneous design whose flowering period started at the beginning of the 20th century and carries out until today.

There are plenty of impressive displays from the best contemporary artists and Italian designers from the past and present, along with superior furniture designers from all over the world.
From the museum collection, you will learn about the diversity and innovation that has characterized Italian design throughout the generations. There is a clear illustration of the field of design as a fascinating combination of art, industry, aesthetics and usability, and how Milan and Italy have become so successful in the global and modern design scene.

You can wander through the permanent exhibits in Triennale. But here, throughout the year, temporary exhibitions of design, art and architecture are also held alongside various events in those worlds.
Give yourselves a few minutes to drink coffee in the museums designer café, on chairs that are iconic in the history of the design world. Do not miss out on the museum's shop, with its range of designer products, along with design books, architecture and modern art. A visit to Triennale is a must for all lovers of design in general and the glorious Italian design in particular.

Enjoy!



#A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://youtu.be/5jjXQ7Kfj-w
Mudec
Mudec
#The Museum of Cultured Civilizations of Milan

The MUDEC, the Museum of Culture 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 around the world. But its goal is to be an anthropological center for the presentation of living cultures and today it also holds many exhibits from present cultures, from all over the world.

Located 3 km 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.



#Museum 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. His 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 of the past.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ev9ixJT-Ykk


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 a 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
La Vigna di Leonardo
#Leonardo's Restored Winery Museum

Not many people know that Leonardo de Vinci loved real wine. As someone who grew up in Tuscany, it is really not surprising, so it is intriguing to visit The Atellani House, which is today – The Casa Degli Atellani museum. This is where Da Vinci's winery gardens were located.

Wine lovers will enjoy visiting the Vigna di Leonardo winery museum. Here there is a reconstruction of Leonardo's private winery.

Leonardo received his fine winery in the 16th century from Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, as part of the payment for the painting of the Last Supper by the painter at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

The winery was restored after it was destroyed in a bomb attack in which the church was also damaged. Recently it was rebuilt, based on ancient plans and photographs that remained before World War II. Today, they take pride in the ability of local experts to create the white wine that Leonardo loved so much.



#The History of the Winery

Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, gave this winery to the great artist Leonardo da Vinci as a tribute and as part of the payment for painting the Last Supper performed by the latter. The painting at the monastery church opposite, the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, is still considered one of the most important works of art in the world.

From the Renaissance until before World War II, the winery operated continuously. In the bombing of the Allies in 1943, the local Casa Vogli Atellani was damaged and the area remained closed for decades.

Towards the end of the 20th century, the winery was reconstructed and rebuilt according to ancient plans and photographs that remained from before the war. Researchers who excavated the site also discovered the remains of the vineyards from the time of Leonardo. From modern genetic tests they believe that after 11 years of research, they have succeeded in cracking the vine species that was grown here, to grow it and produce wine. Today they offer the kind of wine that grew here during Leonardo da Vinci’s life and was probably a favorite of the renowned artist and wine-lover.

At Attellani, the lovely palace that has also been restored, you will see magnificent frescoes, wonderful etchings and various artworks.



#Tips

Make sure that the card you buy online, to see the painting "Last Supper," also includes the free entrance to this winery.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/b1mL2uMt4ao
Museo Scienza e Tecnica
#The Museum of Science and Technology of Milan

Founded in 1953, 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, submarine and helicopter.

In the New Frontiers Department, you can see Enrico Toti's submarine, as well as a rock brought from the moon and the Italian passenger ship S S 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 marvelously 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 Vinci.



#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
Corso Como 10
#The Best Shopping Area in Milan

The center of Corso Como 10 is a shopping center named after its address. The center is one of the most popular fashion areas in Milan and a meeting place for fashion and cultural lovers, Milan's rich and curious tourists. Many see it as the best shopping area in town. It has an interesting combination of small shops, nice boutiques and fine fashion shops, with the best of Italian and international fashion, alongside a gallery of modern art, a restaurant, a cafe and a tiny hotel.

The center operates in an inner courtyard in the northern part of the city. It has several spaces, in which it has all these functions. Even if you do not have the money to buy in the luxury shops in the complex, it may be the ultimate place to go "Window Shopping". Go around as you like and enjoy an enviable design aesthetic.

Corso Como is one of the most special places in the city and is located in the Brera district, the bohemian area, bustling with life and fashion in the city, which is also active in the evening and night.



#History of the Place

The place was created in the 1990's when the editor of Vogue Italy and the famous publisher Carla Sozzani opened the Carla Sozzani Gallery for photography, art and design. After a series of exhibitions. The area has become a cultural and commercial center for fashion products, design and photography, as well as for art, architecture and film.

A year later, in 1991, the complex was launched as Corso Como 10. American artist Kris Ruhs was hired to design it and maintain its industrial character. So, he also designed its logo, which has since become a well-known icon design worldwide.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/5DjJ-Bfx73A
Acquario Civico di Milano
#The Civic Aquarium of Milan

The Civic Aquarium of Milan which is situated near the Sempione Park is an aquarium with a large variety of fish, tropical fish, amphibians, freshwater fish, sharks and marine life, such as various kinds of crabs and sea turtles. They were gathered from the depths of the sea near Italy, from all over the Mediterranean and from all over the world.

The aquarium is one of the largest in Italy. Dozens of large aquariums and ponds where different species of fish are displayed from different corners of the world. There are rare fish brought from seas far away, like the Red Sea. A transparent tunnel allows visitors to see all the fish and sea creatures on all sides and it simulates walking deep in the sea.

A special experience to see in the aquarium in Milan is how they feed the various animals and to receive guidance and explanations about the lives of the various water creatures.

The Milan Aquarium opened in 1906, in honor of the World Fair that took place in the city. This makes it the third oldest aquarium in Europe and one of the oldest in the world.



#Tips

Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month, and on Tuesdays from 2 pm.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/d9GEVrkMhro
Castello Sforzesco
#The Castle in the Heart of Milan and the Old Art Museums

Castello Sforzesco or the Sforzesco Castle is a huge medieval castle. This is an Italian noble house where dukes and rulers from the city nobility lived in the past.

The magnificent fortress of our time is a 100-year-old reconstruction of the great Renaissance fortress built around 1450 by Francesco Sforza. The Sforza family was one of the prominent aristocratic families living in Renaissance Milan. The castle is named after the family, The Sforza Castle.

Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci himself was involved in the design of the building. Some claim that the painter and sculptor Michelangelo was one of the contributors to the design of the magnificent structure of the castle.

In any event, the rulers of the area and the city of Milan once lived in the fortress. Over the 500 years of its existence, it served faithfully the manyrulers here, starting with the founders of Sforza, with each generation leaving its mark in turn. Its enormous splendor, over time, became a showcase of these nobles, to demonstrate power and prestige.

One of the most famous tenants who lived in the castle was Ludovico Sforza, who was the patron of the famous Leonardo da Vinci. This wealthy nobleman, together with his wife Beatrice, had assembled a rich and magnificent variety of pieces of art and expensive and exquisite furniture in the castle.

And so, in addition to the impressive medieval castle of Castello Sforzesco, there are now varied and wonderful museums. There are 12 different museums here, which show collections of art based on the works collected here from the previous centuries and were the basis for the huge collection currently displayed in the castle. These are the works of the greatest artists in Italy, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

After exploring the majestic citadel and watching the treasures of museums, you can go out and breathe fresh air in the inner courtyards of the castle. Wander around the magnificent gardens around it, or head out to the big park surrounding the fort. Some of the stylish and well-kept gardens around it are not just grand gardens, but real botanical gardens, with a huge variety of plants and flowers from all around the world.
What you can see here In the huge fortress are some of the most important museums in Italy. Among them are the Prehistory Museum, the Museum of Ancient and Medieval Art, the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of Historical Instruments. Other museums in the castle are the Museum of Pure Art and the Museum of Egyptian Art.

These museums and others expose visitors, among others, to pieces of art made by some of the greatest artists in the history of art, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Do not miss Pieta Rondanini, Michelangelo's last masterpiece.

Among other things, you can see frescoes, ancient frescoes, stunning works of art and Renaissance paintings and the Scuola Grande, which is in Pinacoteca. Pay attention to the works of Michelangelo, one of the greatest Renaissance artists.

Along with art, there is also an impressive collection of antique items, including furniture, carpets, weapons and war, musical instruments and even Egyptian art.

In the 38 museum halls, you can see one of Italy's most impressive collections of medieval and Renaissance art.



#Tips

Entrance is free of charge to the castle and gardens. Admission is free for museums, every first Sunday of every month and on Tuesdays from 2 pm. On the other days, the entrance to the museum costs about € 5, with a 50% discount for students and pensioners. After visiting the castle, you can slip away from the bustle of the city in Parco Sempione, a wonderful green lung, close to here that will allow you to relax after the abundance of museums.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/B40mqp36QSc
Parco Sempione
#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 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
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 great.

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
Museo Civico Archeologico
#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 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


Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
#The Romanesque-Byzantine Church of Milan

The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio is the most important church in Milan, after the Duomo. The historic church is filled with impressive pieces of art and designed in a Romanesque Lombardi style.

The original basilica was built in the 4th century, but very little of it survived. The church before you was built during the 11th century. Before entering, notice the two impressive bell towers that turn its facade into an iconic one. At the entrance to the church there is a spectacular atrium and the interior of the basilica adorns wide pillars reminiscent of thick tree trunks.

Notice the altar made of gold, donated to the Basilica by King Carl the Great. The altar from the 8th century is considered a masterpiece of the Carolingian period.

Nearby is a 10th-century marble preacher's pulpit designed in Romanesque-Byzantine style and considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanesque creations in Italy.

In a small chapel on the right side of the church there are impressive mosaic paintings from the ancient church that stood here in the 5th century.

The Basilica of St. Ambrogio is named after the founder of it, Ambrose or Ambrogio, a 4th-century bishop who became the patron saint of Milan and is buried in the church. He is known here as one who was not deterred by the fear of the Roman emperors and managed to establish the church's control over their secular rule and the Roman Empire and was declared a Christian saint.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Wr5pecwnSoQ
Bosco Verticale
#The Veritcal Forest Towers in Milan

The Bosco Verticale or “The Vertical Forest" towers in Milan are examples of towers that arouse wonder, not because of their height or grandeur, but because they are the first in the world to restore the glory of the hanging gardens of Babylon. These are "living towers," in which tenants grow trees in the air, real trees.

There is a reason the forested Bosco Verticale towers in Milan were chosen the international top skyscrapers of 2014. The towers, designed by the Italian architect Stefano Boeri, were cited as a striking example of the integration and symbiosis between architecture and nature. For the towers that are over 100 meters high, there are over one thousand plant species. Gray water systems have been installed in them, which enable irrigation with shower water and are equipped with solar panels for electricity generation and water heating using solar energy. Thus, they created a microclimate environment that saves energy, contributes to the environment, rehabilitates the environment and enables the existence of a harmonious life of man and vegetation side by side.

Another environmental advantage in these towers is the acoustic coverage and reduction of noise pollution blocked by the trees and vegetation on the balconies of the apartments in this vertical forest. They also help reduce air and dust pollution in apartments, block the direct sunlight entering the apartments during the hot seasons, and reduce wind disturbance to the occupants' lives.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/T0xqRj8zGQE



#A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/lGefukU8MCc
HangarBicocca
#The Excellent Gallery of Contemporary Art

HangarBicocca, launched in 2004, is a huge industrial hangar, not far from the center of Milan, which has become the center of contemporary art.
The hangar, one of the largest centers of contemporary art in Europe, displays Avant-Garde and Pop Art paintings and sculptures, made of all possible material and of every conceivable size.

The most interesting work here is a permanent installation by the artist Anselm Kiefer. The work is displayed in a dark space called "Seven Heavenly Palaces". This exhibit is just one of a number of huge exhibits by artists such as Boccalini with “Melting Pot 3.0” and “Boltanski”, which are presented here in a great way, literally…

Notice the design work, Avant-Garde industrial style, which also characterizes the museum and restaurant shop "Bistro HB". This is the work of the renowned Italian design team Contempo, who is also responsible for the design of "Diesel" stores around the world.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/kUOWQfwO6n8
Pinacoteca di Brera
#The Palace with the Huge Painting Collection and Art School

The Pinacoteca di Brera Art Gallery, in the heart of the bohemian district of Brera, is one of the most important museums in Milan and is considered one of the best and most important art galleries in Italy and around the world. Here you will experience an impressive display of art, displayed in an equally impressive structure.

In Pinacoteca you will see quite a few famous works of art made by the greatest Italian painters and sculptors from the Renaissance, Baroque and up to the 20th century. Rafael and Caravaggio to Rembrandt and Francisco de Goya, some of the works here are very famous and are likely to be easily identified and exciting to see them.

By the way, Napoleon is the one to give credit to for having this place. During the 18th century, when he conquered Italy, he confiscated many works of art in many places and transferred them to Milan, which would become Pinacoteca di Berra. As a result, the museum has grown into one of the richest and most impressive museums in the world.

The gallery, also known as the Pinacoteca Museum, is on the top floor of the Milan Art Academy. This is a 17th-century palace with a large collection of paintings, one of the most abundant in Italy. The building also houses the Di Belle Academy, the Milan Academy of Art, an art school established in 1776 by the Emperor's wife in Austria, Maria Theresa. This is an art school, considered the most important in Milan and northern Italy as a whole.



#Selected Works in the Gallery

Within the museum's vast collection there are Italian paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages until now. There are works from the 13th to the 20th century.

Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, Raphael and many others - you can see works by well-known and respected artists, such as the religious paintings of "Dead Jesus" by Andrea Mantegna, or Giovanni Bellini's sorrowful "Pieta". Alongside them, a number of interesting archaeological findings are found in the gallery.

There are some particularly impressive religious works in Pinacoteca di Brera that should not be missed:

Hall 6 - "Cristo Morto" by Mantegna, where Mantegna painted the expression of Jesus in a very emotional way and includes an innovative painting angle for the time because it is from the feet.

Hall 9 - the painting of Tintoretto from 1562, "Il Ritroframeo del Corpo di San Marco". Notice Michelangelo's chilling lighting for the burial cave and the heroic positions of the characters.

Hall 24 - In the magnificent painting of Della Francesca, “La Vergine con il Bambino e Santi”, Maria sits with the sleeping baby Jesus on her knees, with saints and angels surrounding her and next to her, kneeling, is Duke Federico. A masterpiece of meticulous description, great use of geometrical perspective, gentle lighting and great picture design, along with icons like the egg, a symbol of birth, and shell as a symbol of life.

Hall 24 - Raphael's "Sposalizio della Vergine", made when he was 21, is a masterpiece of Renaissance art, which is expressed in amazing abstract symmetry and amazing dramatic movement.
Signorelli's "Flagellation" demonstrates a moment of dynamic action when the tortured six are whipped. The lashers lift the whip that is about to land on Jesus' chest. A wonderful description of a position for the same character, from different directions.



#Tips

Entrance is free under the age of 18.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/1oXneQqTAmI



#The Gallery's Architecture:

https://youtu.be/MxUNMzaKEo0
San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
Orto Botanico di Brera
Naviglio Grande
Spazio Forma
Cinque Vie