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  • 1 Duomo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    I - 20123 Milano

    With its spires, pinnacles, gables and countless statues, this cathedral (begun in 1386 and not completed until 1809) is an unforgettable sight, especially when the afternoon sun shines on the white stone. Admire its apse, and head up to the rooftop ..

  • 2 Pinacoteca Brera Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. Brera 28 I - 20121 Milano

    After visiting the Jési collection dedicated to the great movements of the 20C (futurists, metaphysical art), there awaits the largest collection of Venetian paintings (outside Venice itself, of course!) represented by Bellini, Veronese, Mantegna and..

  • 3 Castello Sforzesco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za Castello 3 I - 20121 Milano

    Forming a huge quadrilateral, this impressive castle was once home to the dukes of Milan (the Sforza) and now houses the municipal art collection, divided into various sections. Its masterpieces include the 14C funerary monument of Bernabò Visconti, ..

  • 4 Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    P.za Pio XI 2 I - 20123 Milano

    Built in 1609, the palace of Cardinal Federico Borromeo has one of the world's richest libraries, and an art gallery founded on the collections of the Cardinal: works by Bernardino Luini (Christ Child with a Lamb), Raphael ( cartoon for School of Ath..

  • 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 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..

  • 9 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.

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 50123 Milano

    Completed in 1877 (designed by Giuseppe Mengoni), this shopping gallery lies at the hub of Milan's political and social life. Its two transverse thoroughfares cross under a glazed octagonal cupola 47m above the ground. Beyond lies Piazza della Scala.

  • 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

    Undoubtedly the most prestigious opera house in the world, its simple exterior gives little idea as to the magnificence that awaits within, as visitors to the opera house museum will see. Built between 1776 and 1778, it accommodates 2 000 people in i..

  • 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

    The famous Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is here (painted on the walls of the monks' refectory), which rightly attracts visitors in their droves to this church, an absolute jewel completed by Bramante. The fresco has since May 1999 (after 21 years..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Festa del Perdono 5 I - 20122 Milano

    Today a university, Ca' Grande was originally a hospital built on Francesco Sforza's orders by Filarete in 1456 and subsequently remodelled several times, most notably by Guiniforte Solari. Its long brick façade on Via Festa del Perdono is enlivened ..

  • 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

    Those in quest of the aristocratic refinement of the Belle Époque need look no further than this palace. Here Fausto and Giuseppe Baghatti Valsecchi created a decorative scheme in the Renaissance taste, mixing authentic pieces with high quality copie..

  • 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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