Milan is worth visiting any time of the year, but we went to Milan in December. With all the Christmas decorations Milan’s must-see places looked even more beautiful than usually.
It has so much to offer, it is hard to name just a few. Milan is not just the capital of Lombardia, it is the capital of pretty much everything – architecture, arts, food, industry and fashion.
The most prominent and famous building in Milan is of course the Duomo. The magnificent structure dating from 1386 is the second largest church in the world, after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and a real eye-catcher both from the outside and the inside.
But the highlight is the roof terrace, which gives you a great view of Milan. The only thing that slightly lessens the elegance of this gorgeous architectural monument is the advertising display on the side.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is not only the oldest, but also the most beautiful shopping mall in the world. Opened in 1867, it is still the meeting place of the Milanese society with its restaurants, bars, cafés and fine shops. All major Italian designers such as Prada, Armani, Gucci or Dolce & Gabbana are located in Milan. No wonder that it is great to shop here.
Piazza della Scala
At the other end of the Galleria is the Piazza della Scala with statue of Leonardo da Vinci, who lived and worked in Milan for many years. The famous opera house looks pretty unimpressive from the outside, but that’s it, the world-famous La Scala in Milan. The interior is far more remarkable but we didn’t get the chance to see it this time.
Right across the Scala is the Palazzo Marino, Milan’s city hall. Holy Conversation by Titian is temporarily displayed at Palazzo Marino and the entrance is free. You can see it until January 14th .
Francesco I Sforza had the castle built in 1450 instead of the ruined castle of the Visconti family. Here you will find the Museum of Ancient Art, Egyptian Museum, the Archaeological Museum and a few more. The castle is also the residence of rarities such as Michelangelo’s last work – the unfinished Pietà Rondanini and fresco paintings by Leonardo da Vinci. Before visiting, check out the opening hours and entrance fees of the Sforza Castle .
I thought I would write about accommodation as well, but in that case this post would be way too long. I will write about that in one of our future posts.