What is a must-see in Milan?

Every traveller begins his or her acquaintance with a new place with its must-see locations, which are the hallmark of the city. Milan also has its own popular places that everyone must visit.

 

Milan Cathedral, the Duomo. Number one on the list of the city's top attractions, one of Italy's most majestic cathedrals, to the construction of which were dedicated 6 centuries. Don't forget to go up on the roof of the Duomo, from which you can not only see the Cathedral from an unusual angle, but also literally touch the centuries-old marble, feeling the warmth of the hands of Milanese gem’s creators, explore in unprecedented detail the beauty of the Duomo’s statues and elements of Gothic architecture, and see the mesmerizing panorama of Milan from a bird's eye view.

 

Where: Piazza del Duomo

Admission ticket: Cathedral - € 6, rooftops (access by lift) - € 15, rooftops (access by foot) - € 10

http://www.duomomilano.it

 

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The city's main indoor shopping arcade, or "Milanese living room" as it is affectionately known by locals. A place that for centuries has attracted a sophisticated public thanks to its proximity to the famous La Scala Theatre. Today the gallery is home to fashionable boutiques and elegant restaurants. Few people know that it was here that the first Prada shop established in 1913 and is still open today.

 

Where: Piazza del Duomo

 

The Castello Sforzesco and Sempione Park. This famous castle in Milan was once the seat of the Sforza dukes of Milan. The great artist Leonardo da Vinci also had a hand in its decoration, embellishing one of the halls with paintings. The castle is close to Sempione Park, the largest and most popular park in Milan, where locals enjoy picnics, sporting activities, dog walking and leisurely strolls after traditional Sunday lunch.

 

Where: Piazza Castello
Admission ticket: Castle museums – € 5
http://www.milanocastello.it

 

The Last Supper. The mural painting ‘The Last Supper’, created by the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci used for adoration of the wall of the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, is one of the world's most famous masterpieces of art. The fresco has undergone more than one restoration during its lifetime, but the number of people wishing to see it is steadily growing. Tours of the mural are held at fixed times of 15 minutes each and tickets must be booked a couple of months in advance.

 

Where: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2

Admission ticket: € 15

https://cenacolovinciano.vivaticket.it

 

The Pinacoteca di Brera. A picture gallery where you can get a comprehensive overview of Italian art and its masters. Masterpieces of Manteglia, Tintoretto, Veronese, Caravaggio and Raphael, all of them look bewitching in the elegant halls of the Palazzo di Brera. However, the museum's collection is not limited to the great names, covering the whole panorama of Italian art up to the 20th century and the Futurists.

 

Where: Via Brera, 28 

Admission ticket: € 15

http://pinacotecabrera.org