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#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!

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", the national spirit was storming Europe, Milan became one of the centers of nationalism in Italy. The struggle of 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 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.

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.

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 price 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!

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


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.

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

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).

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Triennale Design Museum
#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 around the world. An innovative and contrasted design whose flourishing period started at the beginning of the 20th century and carries out to this 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 around 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 museum' s 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.


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Pinacoteca di Brera
Brera Art Gallery
#The Palace with the Huge Painting Collection and Art School

The Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera), 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 the gallery 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 make visitors excited 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 the Brera Art Gallery. 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 the Brera Art Gallery 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 first time, painted from the feet up.

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. Saints and angels surround 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 shells as a symbol of life.

Hall 24 - Raphael's "Sposalizio della Vergine," painted 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.


Entrance is free under the age of 18.

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

The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (Basilica di 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 era.

Nearby is a 10th-century marble preacher's pulpit designed in the
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 Sant'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 he was declared a Christian saint.

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Museo Civico Archeologico
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.

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San Lorenzo Maggiore
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.


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.

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Bagatti Valsecchi
Bagatti Valsecchi
#The Museum of Decorative and Renaissance Art

The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is set in what was a family home in the heart of Milan. In the 19th century, it was the home of the Bagatti family, led by the baron brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi. Since the 1880's, the two brothers have made tremendous efforts to renovate their family home and cultivate their art collection.

In 1975, after extensive work of conservation and maintenance in the building, its rooms were opened to the public. Today, the museum houses a large collection of Renaissance artworks.

This allows a fascinating glimpse of a rich family life in Milan of the past. From antique furniture, through painted ceilings and special floor paintings, to art that includes magnificent paintings and sculptures, through a variety of special tools on display, including Murano glassware, ceramic products, carpets, artwork, ivory carvings, rare gold jewelry, carved furniture and more.
The museum has a small shop with items that were inspired by the art objects that are exhibited in the museum.


A free audio guide is available at the museum.
Activities for children take place mainly on Saturdays. You should check the website in advance.

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Castello Sforzesco
Sforzesco Castle
#The Castle in the Heart of Milan and the Old Art Museums

Sforzesco Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a huge medieval castle. This is an Italian noble house where dukes and rulers of 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 Sforzesco 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 many rulers here, starting with the founders of Sforza, with each generations leaving their 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 impeccable furniture in the castle.

And so, in addition to the impressive medieval castle, 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 seeing the treasures of the 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 of 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.


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 euros, 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.

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Parco delle Basiliche
Basilicas Park
#The Well-Tended Park Between the Basilicas

The city-center Basilicas Park (Parco delle Basiliche) is a pleasant and well-kept park in the south-center of Milan. It is situated between the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Basilica of San Eustorgio.

This is where the water channel that brought water to the Old City arrived. Among the lush greenery of the large park are ecological fountains and there are 3 children's playgrounds, picnic tables and a dog park.

The residents of Milan are very fond of the park, thanks in part to its location, close to the city's entertainment and commercial areas.

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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 piece of art.

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 this, and 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 Jesus’s last meal, the Passover Seder, together with the twelve apostles who surround 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 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 about during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

But Leonardo's "Last Supper" was a revolution – for the first time, Jesus and the twelve 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 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 painting's 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 Jesus. 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 sought "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 is looking for.


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.

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Leonardo’s Horse
#The Horse that was Sculpted After 500 years

The story of Leonardo’s Horse's (Cavallo di Leonardo) statue is fascinating, almost unbelievable in terms of adoration for artists, even if it was someone 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 for 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, in the United States and a small replica in the town of Vinci in Tuscany, the town where Leonardo was born and named after.

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Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio
#The Church with the Beautiful Chapel

The Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio (Chiesa di Sant'Eustorgio) in Milan is one of the most famous churches in Italy and around the world. The church is especially famous for its magnificent chapel.

The church was built in the 4th century, in the Romanesque style. It was built in honor of the bishop of Milan, Eustorgio I.

Together with the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio completes two historical sites that are both artistic and architectural, which form the splendor of Milan's creation.

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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.


The museum is for children aged 3-12.

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

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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.


Entrance is free for visitors without a guide.

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Cinque Vie
#The Archaeological Area of ​​Milan

Cinque Vie is a district centered in the oldest point of Milan. In fact, the center called the Cinque Vie is the intersection of five streets where they meet. The intersection is in the center of Milan's preserved quarter and is surrounded by historic streets and squares.

In the Piazza San Sepolcro, in the era of the Roman Empire, was the ancient city center of Milan. Around it, were many Roman archaeological sites, including the Imperial Palace, the Circus, the theater and the Imperial Money Mint.

Today there are ancient and impressive churches in the area. Among them stands the Santa Maria El Forte, the exterior was designed by the artist Richini. Also nearby are the San Sebastiano Municipal Church, Santa Maria Podone Church, San Giorgio El Palazzo and the Church of San Maurizio El Monstro Maggiore.

The Archaeological Museum and the Old Roman Wall Tower, San Sepolcro and San Sisto are also located in the quarter.


The streets leading to the intersection are Via Marbigli, Piazza Cordusio, Via Orpisi, Via del Torchio, Via Serco, Via Cappuccino and Via Luini.

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Civic Aquarium of Milan
#The Civic Aquarium of Milan

The Civic Aquarium of Milan (Acquario Civico di Milano) is situated near the Sempione Park, it 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.


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

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Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli
#The Largest Planetarium in Italy

The Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli (Civico Planetario Ulrico Hoepli) is the main planetarium of Milan and is considered the largest and most important planetarium in Italy. It offers a spectacular and educational tour of the galaxy around us. It has plenty of special activities for children and the whole family. The exhibits will take you towards the stars and will expose you to important information about the Earth, various astronomical phenomena and fascinating discoveries in space.

Here you can observe experiences that combine animation and colorful audiovisual performances, on space, the solar system, stars and celestial bodies. These colorful plays teach in a fascinating and easy way about space and its components, and the physical laws that operate in them.

Historically, the Planetarium was founded in 1930. It is situated in a beautiful neoclassical structure with about 300 seats. Today it has over 100,000 visitors every year.


It is worth checking out the various shows at the planetarium site (below).

It is recommended to book tickets in advance, especially if you plan to arrive on a weekend, when the place is full of visitors.

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Columns of San Lorenzo
#The Unfinished Basilica

The Columns of San Lorenzo (Colonne di San Lorenzo) is a system of 16 ancient Corinthian columns, located in the center of Milan, opposite the church of the same name. These columns were moved here in the 4th century from an ancient temple or Roman baths, which were dismantled elsewhere in the city.

The most prominent feature of the Corinthian columns is the decorative title at the end of the columns. Notice the leaf motifs typical of the Corinthian columns. These leaves on the crown are leaves from a plant called Acanthus, that is also the epithet of these stone reliefs.

With a view of ancient Roman ruins, the columns here give this small square a special and majestic look, in the heart of the bustling city of Milan. The church of San Lorenzo was destroyed during the Renaissance and rebuilt twice.

The Roman ruins of the Columns of San Lorenzo are a lively and noisy meeting place for the Milan youth, who gather around the basilica en masse every evening. Some of them also paint on the walls, making the area an interesting and strange corner of graffiti and modern street art, on the opposite walls, opposite 2,000-year-old antiques.

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Comics Museum
#The Milan Comics Museum

The Comics Museum of Milan, also known as “WOW”, or WOW Spazio Fumetto, is a place that comics lovers should not miss. In this modest Comics Museum, you will find a great display of comic culture. There are historical exhibits from the history of comics, alongside popular comic books.

As is required in such museums, there is a shop to purchase comic books, books about comics and a variety of merchandise from the world of the great comic heroes. This is not a big museum or an amazing one, but still – it is a nice place for comics lovers visiting the city.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
#The Gallery that is the Oldest Mall in the World

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, opened in 1877, and is the world's first indoor mall. The residents of Milan, love it very much and affectionately refer to it as the "Milan Lounge" or in Italian "Il Salotto di Milano".

The gallery is named after the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuel II. Even if you do not buy here, you should see the unique design of the ancient shopping center, located on the north side of the Duomo Square.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most impressive sites in the city. Notice its mosaic floor that a lot was put into. Look at the impressive glass ceiling above you. Take a look at the beautiful frescoes and the shop windows of one of the oldest and central fashion centers in Italy and perhaps in Europe as a whole.

At the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II along with a collection of luxury stores, fashion designer stores and expensive jewelry stores, one can find fine gelato stores, gourmet restaurants, luxury cafes and more.

For a long time, the gallery had been the place where the locals of Milan met. Besides the locals, many tourists and shopping enthusiasts flock to the gallery every day, where the flagship stores of big designers such as Prada, which opened here in 1913 are located, or old restaurants such as the Baffy Cafe established in 1867 and the Savini restaurant, which was established in 1884.

The entrance to the beautiful indoor building from the Duomo Square is through an entrance gate designed as a spectacular triumphal gate, made of marble and granite. From there, the gallery leads up to Piazza della Scala, where the city's famous opera house, the Teatro La Scala, is located. Next to it is Milan's city hall, known as the Palazzo Marino.

#What is Here?

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a kind of metaphor for the entire city of Milan. In its neoclassical architecture it combines the old and the new and offers in one place the best of fashion, luxury and prestige.
From the world of fashion, such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci to expensive jewelry stores, from Swarovski stones to Bransoni's silverware, this spectacular mall features designer stores and the finest brands. Alongside them are art galleries, along with bookstores, cafes and gourmet restaurants, such as those of the famous Gucci, Zucca and Baffy cafes.

#The Sad Story of the Architect of the Gallery

One of the saddest stories in the history of architecture took place here. It is associated with the architect of the elegant and impressive shopping palace – the architect Giuseppe Mengoni. Mengoni won the design competition with his plan of a building that will link Piazza Duomo in Milan to the Piazza della Scala near Milan's Opera House.

Inspired by the historic Passages Couverts of Paris and the Burlington Arcade in London (perhaps the prototype of today's indoor shopping centers), Mengoni proposed in the competition a construction of a commercial avenue with a glass-and-steel ceiling that will connect the squares.

He proposed and won. It soon became clear that Mengoni was in love with this project. He designed it for all its details, taking great care in choosing the materials, the overall design, and the meticulous and uncompromising finishing of every detail in the magnificent building that was built in Milan.

In those days Italy was united and in the light of the turbulent time of those days, Mengoni filled the gallery with patriotic symbols that expressed the unity and the trust he had in the young state. Perhaps it was a mystical feeling that this would be his greatest architectural legacy, but Mengoni gave his life to this project. And not just metaphorically. Because just before the construction was finished, the day before the impressive gate of the magnificent building was inaugurated, something happened. While examining the last touches of the project, Mengoni fell to his death from a scaffold on which he stood, near the arch. So, the architect that was in love with the project did not get to see how his gallery became a great success and how it became, from a project designed to connect two major attractions in the city, to history itself, as the first shopping mall ever.

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#The Best Shopping in Milan

The "Excelsior" department store is a spectacular and even amazing place where the experience of buying is unique and different from other places you may know.

The store, which belongs to the Italian chain of stores “Coin”, is spread over seven floors. The design of this department store is contemporary and innovative. Many video screens are embedded in every corner and create a thrilling journey of visuals to the lifestyle that surrounds the buyers here and connects them to the world of fashion, gadgets and fine dining sold at the Excelsior.

The prestigious department store was designed by renowned Italian architect Jean Nouvel and his partner Vincenzo de Cotiis. The brilliance of the two here is that they have transformed an old movie theater in the city into an innovative and prestigious fashion center.

After you have been impressed and maybe even bought some of the goods (assuming you got over the prices here), you should also go up to the wonderful dining floor. The entrance is through a wine shop, where even the coolers create a stunning experience of advanced industrial design.
In the supermarket below, you can purchase excellent food items from the meat and fruit stands, as well as spices, cheese and cold cuts. If you would like, take some of the excellent ready-made food and head for the nearby park.

Are you ready for a gourmet picnic?

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Modern Art Gallery
La Rinascente
Indro Montanelli Public Gardens
Leonardo's Restored Winery Museum

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