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 Milan
 
(Mediolanum)

At first glance Milan does not reveal much but if accompanied by  qualified guides you will be surprised and amazed.

The classic tour includes a visit to the city centre starting from the Scala Opera House which is connected to the Cathedral, “Duomo”, by the nineteenth century Vittorio Emanuele Arcade praised by Hemingway in his book “Farewell to the Arms”

The Duomo is the largest Gothic monument in Italy and one of the main symbols of Milan.

 

Leonardo da Vinci lived in Milan for nearly twenty years, that’s why the city houses his masterpiece “The Last Supper”.

Within the San Siro Racecourse, near the Milan football stadium, we can admire the largest equestrian statue in the world “Leonardo’s Horse”, a tribute to Leonardo’s genius from a Pennsylvanian citizen.

 

Milan boasts a vast number of Museums including the Civic Archaeology Museum, the Natural History Museum, situated within the Public Gardens and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum with a hall dedicated entirely to his inventions; also the house museum of nobleman Giangiacomo Poldi-Pezzoli, an art collector, reflecting the artistic tastes of nineteenth century Milan.

The Renaissance Castle of the Sforza houses the Classical Art Museum where you can find Michelangelo Buonarroti’s last sculpture, “The Rondanini Pietà”.

 

The Ambrosian and Brera Art Galleries offer to tourists both Italian and foreign masterpieces dating from the XIV to the XX century.

Brera and the nearby Art Academy were once the “artists’ quarter” where bars and restaurants were patronised by young artists who would often pay for their meals with their latest canvas.

 

Milan, once known as “the city of beautiful convents” has a remarkable number of Churches, among them the basilica of St Ambrose founded by the city’s patron saint, St Lawrence, where you can admire the precious Roman mosaics,  St Eustorgius with the relics of the Three Wise Men, St  Mary of Grace next to Leonardo’s Last Supper, etc…

 

…is the city unknown to the tourist:

the romantic Navigli (waterways), a popular area, which allow us to discover a city a world apart from the well-known industrial metropolis.

Walking between the old washhouses and houses with long railings, nowadays artists’ studios, you can relive the history of days gone by.

 

… is the city with its eighteenth century palaces, the eclectic and art nouveau Milan with villas and mansions built by the best artists of the day. Delightful courtyards enriched by statues and fountains, hidden gardens in the heart of the city, with peacocks and flamingos.

 

Milan is the fashion capital of the world. The famous district surrounding Monte Napoleone Street holds the fashion houses of the most important national and international names.

Here you can find the famous café founded by Antonio Cova, one of Napoleon’s soldiers; from here the neighbouring streets branch out revealing the most famous boutiques, antique shops and jeweller’s in the world.

In Milan there are also warehouses and outlets stores where you can find designer garments at lower prices.

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