Italy has a lot of beautiful cities that you can visit, but of all of these, Milan is one of my favorites. In addition to Italy’s second biggest city, it’s home to the world’s most notable names in fashion – Armani, Gucci, Dolce and Gabanna. I mean who hasn’t heard of Milan fashion week?
But, Milan has more to offer than just fashion , shopping and as Derek Zoolander would say – ridiculously good looking models. It’s also home to some of the world’s most beautiful architecture and art.
Here are the top three places that you SHOULD visit when you’re in Milan.
The Last Supper
If you’re a fan of the Da Vinci Code, you will no doubt be familiar Leonardo da Vinci’s last supper. Well, this famous painting is found in Milan. And yes, you can get a chance to see it in person, but you have to reserve a slot to view it.
A lot of people want to see this iconic painting, but they don’t mainly because they don’t know where it is. It’s not located in a glitzy museum , but rather in an unassuming church and Dominican convent in Central Milan – the Santa Maria delle Grazie The iconic painting is located at the back wall of the convent’s dining hall. It was commissioned by the the Dukes of the Sforza Family in the 1400’s.
If you’re an art lover, and want to see this painting, you have to book tickets online thru several websites. You can try these websites if you are interested: http://www.tickitaly.com/tickets/last-supper-tickets.php,http://www.milan-museum.com/tickets.html.
Hurry up and reserve because due to the fragile state of the painting, there are limited slots. Only 25people per visit are allowed, with a 15 minute time limit each time. With this in mind, make sure you make the most of your time when you’re there.
The Duomo di Milano
I’m not a fan of churches, but the the Impressive Duomo di Milano should be a must in your list of things to visit. What is the Duomo? Well, it’sjust is a 600-hundred-year old Gothic style cathedral located in Piazza del Duomo. It’s easily the most impressive structure in Milan. Trust me, it’s is guaranteed to take your breath away when you first see it.
The Duomo is the fifth largest Christian church in the world. It’s so big that it covers over 109, 000 square feet — an entire city block! So, if you plan to see all of the Duomo better put on your best walking shoes.
The Duomo is easily accessible by Metro (subway) which is conveniently located in the Piazza del Duomo. Entrance fee is only 2 Euros. However, they are strict on your attire. No sleeveless shirts are allowed inside. So if you’re planning on going therein the summer, in the sweltering heat, take something to cover up. Oh, and taking pictures inside is allowed for a small fee.
Milan is practically synonymous for shopping. It’s considered sacrilegious if you leave Milan without visiting it’s shopping area which its famous for.
The main shopping area in Milan is a square made of the following streets: Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone. They form what is popularly called the Quadrilatero d’Oro ( Quadrilateral of Gold).
Now, I’m not saying that you should max out your credit card, I’m saying visit the place. If nothing else, the architecture will surely impress you. And it doesn’t hurt to get a souvenir or two while you’re there.