Come to Discover the beauty of Milan
SUNDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER | H. 9:30 – 12:30
Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione and Arco Della Pace
Castello Sforzesco is a huge castle built on the remains of a 14th-century fortification by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the largest citadels in Europe.
The park is adjacent to the gardens of the Sforza Castle and to the Arch of Peace, two of the main landmarks of Milan. The very design of the park, due to architect Emilio Alemagna, was conceived with the intent of creating panoramic views encompassing both monuments.
A third prominent monument of Parco Sempione is the Palazzo dell’Arte (“Palace of Art”), built in 1933 and designed by Giovanni Muzio, which currently houses the Triennale di Milano art expo.
The Arco della Pace is a triumphal arch of Milan dedicated to peace between European nations reached in 1815 with the Congress of Vienna. The Arco della Pace represents one of the major neoclassical monuments of Milan.
The Cimitero Monumentale is noted for the artistic tombs and monuments. Designed by the architect Carlo Maciachini (1818–1899), it was officially opened in 1866 and it has since then been filled with a wide range of contemporary and classical Italian sculptures as well as Greek temples, elaborate obelisks, and other original works such as a scaled-down version of the Trajan’s Column.
The main entrance is through the large Famedio, a massive Hall of Fame-like Neo-Medieval style building made of marble and stone that contains the tombs of some of the city’s and the country’s most honored citizens, including that of novelist Alessandro Manzoni.
Chiesa and Convento Domenicano di Santa Maria Delle Grazie
Chiesa e Convento Domenicano di Santa Maria delle Grazie is the major Catholic church of the Dominican monastery in the Western part of the city.
This Church hosts one of the most famous frescoes in the world L’Ultima Cena (The Lord’s Supper) by Leonardo da Vinci. The fresco has more than 500 years of history and even survived American and British bombing.
It is considered one of the most sacred world heritage sights and is a must-see if you’re coming to Milan.
Nowadays the Old Sacristy, or the Old Sacristy is the seat of a Dominican Cultural Center, in which the brethren organize and host conferences on various themes for to spirituality, philosophy, art, literature and sociology, in addition to musical concerts and artistic exhibitions.
One of the nicest neighbourhoods in central Milan, Brera used to be an artsy, bohemian district. Nowadays it’s a more upscale part of town with a good mix of history, modern design, fashion, countless shopping and dining options.
Here we find the Pinacoteca of Brera, the main public gallery for paintings in Milan. It houses a large collection of original masterpieces by Rafael, Caravaggio and many other prominent Italian painters of the 14-19 centuries.
No trip to Milan would be complete without seeing the cathedral, Duomo di Milano, an impressive gothic masterpiece that took several centuries to complete.
The cathedral was designed in a local variation of the Gothic style. This style was at the height of its glory at the time (Notre Dame in Paris was completed only 40 years earlier), so it was a timely choice.
The plan consists of a nave with four side-aisles, crossed by a transept and then followed by choir and apse. The height of the nave is about 45 metres, the highest Gothic vaults of a complete church.
The huge building is of brick construction, faced with marble from the quarries which Gian Galeazzo Visconti donated in perpetuity to the cathedral chapter.
Many historians refer to the Gothic style of this time as the International Gothic, and that name is very appropriate here. Milan has always been an international city, a crossroads between Northern, Southern, and Western Europe, and the construction of the Duomo reflected that.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest and the most exquisite shopping mall. The impressive 19th century glass-topped gallery has always been a place to see and to be seen, the meeting point for Milanese bourgeoisie.
Inside you’ll find several cafes and restaurants, some as old as the gallery itself. Moreover, you’ll also find some of the most expensive fashion boutiques of the world.
Teatro della Scala
As you walk from Piazza del Duomo walking through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you’ll arrive at the smaller town square, Piazza della Scala, in which you can see the famous Theatre Alla Scala.
Dating back to 1778, Teatro alla Scala, as known as the ‘Temple of Opera’, is one of the most famous theatres in the world. It may not look like much on the outside, but its interior is very impressive; its history – even more.
Some of the most famous operas and composers are linked to La Scala, including Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi to name just a few.
Navigli, or the canals, were once ubiquitous in this former port area. They formed a 150-kilometer long network that connected the city with the rivers and lakes in the Lombardian region.
The canals were used for irrigation, they provided the city with water and were ideal to transport people and goods to and from remote areas. At the present time it is the romantic center of Milan. Seems like this place never sleeps, it is always full of people, fun and music.