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  • 1 Duomo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    I - 20123 Milano

    Let's say it from the beginning: it is a masterpiece!The "colossal lightness" of this immense cathedral, covered with gables, little bell towers, pinnacles, composing a veritable lacework of white stone that the afternoon sun shines on. The..

  • 2 Pinacoteca Brera Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Brera 28 I - 20121 Milano

    Installed in a complex that has several different institutions (The Art Academy, Library, Astronomy Observatory...), the Art Gallery is made up of two very different sections.The first one is the Jési collection that brings together the great trends ..

  • 3 Castello Sforzesco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za Castello 3 I - 20121 Milano

    Founded by the Visconti family at the end of the 14th C., this immense square building has been greatly renovated in the Renaissance style by the Sforza family. Here we find the two families that held power over Milan.First it was the Ghibelline repr..

  • 4 Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za Pio XI 2 I - 20123 Milano

    It is named in honor of Saint Ambrose (337-397 AD), an astounding man, elected to be Bishop of Milan by popular demand before even being baptized, and who converted and baptized Saint Augustine. He is so deeply venerated here that the Milanese church..

  • 5 Church of Saint Ambrose (S. Ambrogio) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Sant’Ambrogio 15 I - 20123 Milano

    A magnificent example of Lombard Romanesque style, this basilica, founded by Saint Ambrose in the 4C, is preceded by a superb atrium. Two bell towers frame the façade, which is pierced with arches. Inside, a beautiful Romanesque-Byzantine ambo (pulpi..

  • 6 Terrazzi del Duomo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 20123 Milano

    The Duomo is adorned with no less than 135 extraordinarily intricate pinnacles and an impressive number of graceful, elegant white marble statues (2 245 in all). For a closer look at them, take the stairs up to the rooftops. At the summit, the "..

  • 7 Regione dei Laghi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 20121 Milano

    Maggiore, Orta, Como, Iseo and Garda are all legends in their own right. Of glacial origins, these long, narrow expanses of water stretch out from Piedmont to Venetia and from Switzerland to Trentino at the foothills of the Lombardy Alps. The climate..

  • 8 Santa Maria della Passione Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. del Conservatorio I - Milano

    One of the largest churches in Milan after the Duomo stands on a pretty square near the Conservatorio di Musica. It was built in 1482 and its Baroque façade was added in the 18C. It is a veritable museum of works of art. A fine Last Supper by Gaudenz..

  • 9 Modern Art Gallery (GAM) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Palestro 16 I - Milano

    The Neoclassical Belgiojoso Bonaparte villa is home to this gallery which contains the 19C Collection, the Grassi Collection (work by Van Wittel, Longhi, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Boccioni, Balla) and the Vismara Collection (20C Italian an..

  • 10 Torre Velasca Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za Velasca 5 I - Milano

    This pink skyscraper (1656), an iconic symbol of Milan, was designed by architects Belgioioso, Peresutti and Rogers. The overhanging upper floors give this reinforced concrete tower its distinctive mushroom shape.

  • 11 Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 50123 Milano

    Completed in 1877 based on a plan by Giuseppe Mengoni, this prestigious gallery, the most famous in Italy, is a symbol of Milan for many: center of political and social life, this is also the place for you to do your shopping in the luxurious boutiqu..

  • 12 Museum of the Duomo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za Duomo 14 I - 20123 Milano

    Installed inside the royal palace built in the 18th C., it illustrates the various construction and restoration phases of the Duomo, and houses sculptures, tapestries and antique stained glasswork. You will also see a wooden scale model of the Duomo ..

  • 13 Teatro alla Scala Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za della Scala I - 20121 Milano

    Without any doubt the most prestigious opera house in the world. It was inaugurated in 1778, built on the old site of the church of Santa Maria alla Scala, to which it owes its name. It saw Verdi and Rossini as they made their grand debut, and reache..

  • 14 Poldi Pezzoli Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Manzoni 12 I - 20121 Milano

    Among the collections (weapons, clocks, fabrics) of this museum, the famous Portraits of Luther and his wife by Lucas Cranach, a marvelous Portrait of a woman by Piero del Pollaiolo, a Virgin and Child by Botticelli over which many a Saint would be w..

  • 15 The Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Techno Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. S. Vittore 21 I - 20123 Milano

    Budding scientists and fans of Leonardo, here you will find models of the inventions imagined by the Tuscan artist. Several sections are dedicated to Astronomy, acoustics, Telecommunications, Chemistry, and two big halls cover transportation - by lan..

  • 16 Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za Santa Maria delle Grazie I - 20123 Milano

    A Renaissance style church built between 1465 and 1490 by the Dominicans, it was finally completed by Bramante. Inside you will see frescoes by Gaudenzio Ferrari, an impressive cupola that, like the gallery and the cloister, was built by Bramante. A ..

  • 17 Ca' Grande (ex-Ospedale Maggiore) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Festa del Perdono 5 I - 20122 Milano

    Founded by Francesco Sforza in 1456, this old hospital today opens its doors to future doctors. The facades with loggias of this huge building are adorned with the busts of famous men.

  • 18 Basilica of Saint Lawrence the Major Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    c.so di Porta Ticinese 39 I - 20123 Milano

    Founded in the 4th C. but restored later, it has managed to keep its original octagonal floor plan. A beautiful portico in front of the facade (16 Roman columns, a rare remain from Mediolanum), and a majestic interior surrounded with matron seats, in..

  • 19 Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Gesù 5 I - 20121 Milano

    At the end of the 19th C., Fausto and Giuseppe Baghatti Valsecchi dedided de decorate their palace (located opposite from the palace in which the family lives today) in the Renaissance style, very popular at the time. They used authentic pieces and v..

  • 20 Chiaravalle Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. Sant’Arialdo 102 I - 20139 Milano

    Bernard de Clairvaux founded this abbey in 1135, giving it his name after having translated it into Italian. Built with bricks, it marks the beginning of the Gothic period in Italy. Decorated with white stones in the Cistercian way, the abbey is domi..

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