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La Vigna di Leonardo
Leonardo's Restored Winery Museum
#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 Leonardo's Restored 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 Leonardo in 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 Atellani House 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 again 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 place that has also been restored, you will see magnificent frescoes, wonderful etchings and various artworks.


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

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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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Museo dei Bambini
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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Comics Museum
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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Museums in Milan

#The Museum of Cultured Civilizations of Milan

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

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

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

#The Museum's Architecture

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

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

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

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

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#The Museum with the World of Leonardo da Vinci

The Leonardo 3 Museum is an interactive museum displaying “The Leonardo World” exposition, which deals with one of the greatest minds in the history of mankind.

This is a fascinating museum, one of Milan's best attractions that cannot be missed, and is great for a few hours with the children and the family. There are dozens of machines models and machines designed by Leonardo. Among them you can find a submarine, a rainbow rifle, a parachute, a mechanical dragonfly and many more.

The museum is a great place to see the groundbreaking ideas of the curious and creative inventor, the restless Renaissance man, who was the best example of the Renaissance, wide-ranging and multidisciplinary.

Apart from engineering and scientific inventions, you can also get an idea of ​​the artistic genius of Leonardo, as a painter. This begins with a digital copy of the famous painting "The Last Supper" and the analysis of the famous painting "Lady with an Ermine".

The museum is located in the heart of Milan, next to the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, between the Duomo and the La Scala Theater. Alongside the permanent exhibition, there is a variety of temporary exhibitions from other places.


Do not confuse this museum with the Science and Technology Museum, which is named after Leonardo da Vinci and also deals with scientific and technological topics in general. These are two different museums located in different parts of the city.

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Museo Civico di Storia Naturale
Milan Natural History Museum
#The Milan Natural History Museum

The Milan Natural History Museum (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale), is an interesting museum for the whole family, one of the most important natural history museums in Europe and the largest museum of its kind in Italy.

Within the museum's 23 halls are many exhibits depicting the history of evolution and nature on Earth, zoology and the history of mankind. There are reviews, accompanied by interesting explanations, about the lives of mammals and other species, rocks, minerals, fossils and more.
Many shelves display a huge collection of fossils, various minerals and rare natural materials.

Zoology and the animal world also have a wonderful expression here. It begins with prehistory, a whole hall displays models and skeletons of dinosaurs. In other halls, there are a variety of stuffed animals, including some of the extinct species. There are also skulls and skeletons of different animals, while the highlight of this wing is undoubtedly a giant whale skeleton, 5 meters long.

After visiting the museum, you are welcome to stroll through the green park around it, Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli. The park has wonderful lawns and many statues are scattered around it. It also has climbing facilities for children, and on Sundays, they also have an electric carousel, bumper cars and more of the kind. Space lovers are also welcome to visit the planetarium.


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

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Museo Scienza e Tecnica
Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci
#The Museum of Science and Technology of Milan

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

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

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

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

#What is There to See Here?

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

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

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

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

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

#About Leonardo de Vinci

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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Volandia Flight Museum
Volandia Flight Museum
#The City's Flight Museum

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

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

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

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Modern Art Gallery
#The Museum of Modern Art of Milan:

Right next to the city's public gardens, on the other side of Palestro, is the Museum of Modern Art (Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporane). The museum is located in a magnificent palace that was converted into a museum in 1921.

The palace, which is known as the GAM, is a majestic and rich villa of historical significance since it served as the home of Napoleon Bonaparte in the city after conquering northern Italy.

The beauty and wealth of the place has since been preserved and is a suitable accommodation for the masterpieces that are exhibited there. This is undoubtedly the city's most well-known modern art museum, which focuses on art that was considered modern in the 19th century and continues to be in the 20th century.

The GAM Gallery has no contemporary and post-modern pieces of art. In the large and spectacular halls of this gallery you can see hundreds of pieces of art and artworks created by the best of the Impressionist, Expressionist and Modernist artists such as Cezanne, Gauguin, Modigliani, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol and other Italian and French artists from the modernist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

On the top floor of the building, you can also see neo-classical sculptures by Italian artists of the 20th century, such as Canova, Marini and others.
This gallery is a paradise for art lovers who broke the tradition of realism in the 19th century and strengthened in the 20th century. It is a place where the splendor of the past is integrated with the art of the recent past, by the artists of Italy and the world.

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#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.

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.

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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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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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Spazio Forma
#The Gallery for Those Interested in Artistic Photography

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

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

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


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

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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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Royal Palace of Milan
#The Royal Palace of Milan

On the left side of the Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, is the Royal Palace of Milan (Palazzo Reale). This is a magnificent palace where you can see many impressive pieces of art. If in the past the sons of nobles and kings sat here, today the Royal Palace is mainly a museum and a temple for modern art.

The Royal Palace has an area for some of the most important art exhibits and luxurious events in the city. The most impressive part of the palace is on the second floor. On this floor of the palace is the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art (Civico Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, CIMAC). It features 20th-century artworks. Among them, one can find paintings and sculptures made by famous artists such as Picasso and the Swiss painter Paul Klee. The exhibit also includes fascinating collections of art from artistic trends such as Surrealism and Futurism.

The palace is surrounded by spacious and well-tended gardens, where it is fun to spend a little while in peace.


From the courtyard of the Royal Palace one can view a beautiful and unfamiliar angle of Milan. Here visitors can see the profile of the Duomo, the city's Central Cathedral and the most central location of the city.

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