Milano as they call it locally is the capital of Lombardy in Italy. With its leading strengths in field of commerce, design, art, fashion, entertainment, tourism to name few, it is a fast paced & fashionable city. But, it is more than fashion to this city with its Duomo and Sforzesco Castle, a 15th century castle that houses Michelangelo’s Last Supper which you can visit with us. Never the less it is a major stop for people who visit Italy which is to be thanked for its 2nd largest Airport after Rome. You have direct flights to Milan from Delhi.
“Milan is marvellous, picturesque, and full of elegance” Wesley Sneijder
Things to do & see in Milan:
- Visit the Duomo: the cathedral church of Milan is dedicated to Nativity of St Mary which took 6 centuries to complete. It is largest in Italy and 4th largest in World. It is unique to see on Milan’s layout that streets either radiate from Duomo or encircle around it which establishes the importance as the most central site. Sneek peek: the roof is open for tourists (for a fee) & don’t miss the Gold Madonna at the top of the cathedral.
- Admire the Last Supper: Housed at Convent of Santa Maria dell Grazie, this is one of the Western world’s most recognisable painting by artist Leonardo da Vinci.
The painting represents the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles. It is huge magnificent painting of 4.6 meters high and 8.8 meters wide which was made with tempera and oil on a gypsum preparation. Tickets to visit The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci gets sold out too soon and you must book well in advance to experience this. In order to maintain room temperature to protect the paint from deterioration, group of 25 people for 15 mins is permitted.
- Visit Piazza della Scala: Connected to the main square of Milan, Duomo, Galleria Emanuelle II; this pedestrian central square beholds the monument of Leonardo da Vinci by sculptor Pietro Magni. Relatively a recent addition to the Milan’s centre, it was only in the 19th century that authorities thought of creation of a square. But you will be awed by the sculpture of Leonardo Da Vinci.
- Take a Tram ride: They have been present since 1876 although at the time they were horse-drawn. The trams in Milan are one of the easiest and fastest way to get around the city which is certain due to its extensive network. Sneek peek: San Francisco bought their trams from Milan.
- Go Shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Italys oldest shopping mall, a major landmark and luxury retailers are housed in a four-storey double arcade in the centre of town which is named after the first king of Italy. An incredible architecture completed in 1877, is famous for its glass domes, cast iron roof and glazed shopping arcades. Sneek peek: At Biffi Cafe (founded in 1867 by Paolo Biffi, pastry chef to the monarch) do try “Ossobuco” with “Risotto all Milanese” and the Milanese cutlet.
- Enjoy a Gelato: Popular frozen dessert of Italian origin, the traditional flavours consist of vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio and stracciatella (with chocolate chunks). Sneek peek: Do try “Venchi” for its flavourful gelato and chocolates.
- Visit Pinacoteca di Brera: Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the main art galleries in Milan. It contains works from Raphael, Mantegna, and Rembrandt. Its most famous artwork is Mantegna’s Lamentation of Christ, a dramatic painting that shows Jesus lying in rigor mortis on a mortuary slab. Opens daily (except Mondays) from 8:30am-7:15pm.
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci