Situated in N. Italy, Milan is considered the fashion and financial capital of Italy and for good reason: this is a sophisticated metropolis with a forward looking attitude that’s home to designers such as Versace, Armani and Prada. Its shopping centers attract almost the same number of tourists as the century old cultural institutions do, which is really impressive to say the least. With attraction such as The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, but also La Scala and the Duomo Cathedral, there’s no surprise as to why Milan is the third most visited city After Venice and Rome.
Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
In terms of importance, this place ranks 2nd only to the Duomo di Milano. Its name comes from its IV century founder who was not only the town’s patron saint, but also a bishop whose remains are still housed here. Even though there is barely anything left from the initial construction, the current church dates way back to the XI century. To number some of the treasures of the basilica, they include an atrium that’s nicely lined with columns that look like tree trunks, a gold altar that’s said to have been added by Charlemagne and a X century marble pulpit.
La Scala is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Milan and ever since its first performance was played (L-Europa Riconosciuta), it has managed to create a really strong reputation for it over the years. The place was designed by Giuseppe Piermarini in a beautiful Neoclassical style, with theater (designed with gold and red colors) being very popular for its incredible acoustics that reveal the a singer’s true abilities to the point that the opera is seen as a trial by fire by anyone who wants to be recognized for their singing abilities.
Pinacoteca di Brera
One of the great things that Napoleon did when he was in power was to confiscate a large part of the best pieces of art in Italy during the XVIII century and then depositing them in Milan. Because of his doings, today we can all revel in the beauty and uniqueness of these pieces that can be admired at the Pinacoteca di Brera museum. The museum is housed in more than forty rooms and it contains quite a large number of great paintings from many popular painters. To give you a few of the names whose works are displayed here, they include Goya, Van Duck, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Veronese, Tintoretto and Raphael.
If you want to get a glimpse of the medieval life in Milan, then you certainly need to check out Piazza Mercanti. While it’s true that the square is not as large as it was in the past, it’s still gorgeous and worth your time. The XIII Broletto Nuovo which could once be admired at the middle of the piazza now marks the N-E boundary of the piazza, yet the buildings still managed to retain their look. To the S-E part you can find the Loggia degly Osii where the populace was addressed by the town’s authorities from the building’s balconies. If you visit here during the holidays, you’ll be impressed to see that it’s turned into a lively Christmas market.