Art lovers, history buffs and those with a penchant for architecture will swoon over Santa Maria delle Grazie. This exquisite UNESCO World Heritage-listed church is perhaps most famous for holding one of the most recognised masterpieces in the world - Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper . The church itself... more »
Grandiose and opulent, the Museo Poldi Pezzoli is one of the most significant museums in Europe. It showcases famous Renaissance artworks and other historic collections, and most significantly offers an intriguing glimpse into the life of its former owner Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli – a fine art collector of the... more »
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest shopping galleries in the world and is where 19th-century architectural grandiosity meets high-end, modern-day luxury. The grand arcade not only gives tourists a chance to mingle with Milan’s elite, but also enjoy a mysterious sojourn to yesteryear. While many people... more »
When the term extravagant is an understatement, you know you’re in for something special. Milan’s great Gothic cathedral (‘duomo’ in Italian), which majestically towers over the bustling Piazza del Duomo, holds more than 600 years of history within its pink-hued Candoglia marble walls. Spread out over 10,186 square metres, it’s... more »
Former town hall and Visconti palace the Royal Palace of Milan ( Palazzo Reale ) got a neoclassical – and much-needed – face lift in the late 1700s. Today, it’s a major exhibition space for modern and contemporary art. It draws crowds with its steady rotation of exhibits, which have... more »
Art lovers will certainly get their fix among the exquisite collection of more than 500 Italian and European masterpieces that call the romantic 17th-century Pinacoteca di Brera home. The building shares the same site as the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, a prestigious art school founded in 1776 that’s... more »
Many interesting facts surround Milan’s robust Sforza Castle (also spelled Sforzesco Castle), not the least of which is that Leonardo da Vinci himself helped design its fortified defence structures. But it’s when you go inside the castle walls that you really get to see the great artist’s lasting impact. Here,... more »
Compared with some of Milan’s other historic buildings, the Teatro alla Scala is quite understated when you view it from the street. But step inside, and you’ll be gobsmacked by the opulence and grandeur of one of the world’s greatest opera houses. This special venue, which replaced another opera house... more »
The twinkling sun on a deep blue lake, a hazy afternoon in the Tuscan hills, the dazzling seaside with its colourful umbrellas, aquamarine water – and all those people. It may seem like the entire world goes on holiday to Italy during summer, but there is a way to enjoy the intoxicating beauty of the country and avoid some of the buzzing crowds.Choosing to embark on your own road trip is a good solution. [...]
If you’re looking for designer dresses, suave suits or a fantasy of frocks, Milan offers some of the world’s best fashion stores.
Even if you don’t want to buy, you might as well enjoy a good stickybeak. Milan provides some of the most remarkable window-shopping on the planet.
A fashionable shopper on Via Montenapoleone (Image: Italian Government Tourist Office)
Begin at the top end of town for sheer spectacle. [...]