One of the known design capitals in the world, Milan is also a place of history that has strived to put out beauty into the world, whether it’s through fashion or architecture. Visitors to the city might think they know all there is to see, yet there is more than meets the eye in this urban sprawl in northern Italy.
Almost every postcard includes the magnificent cathedral of the Nativity of Saint Mary, which was built between 1386 and 1965. This gigantic edifice is the second largest in the continent. The rooftop views are a must, as visitors can see the city from a birds eye view.
Just outside the city, travelers can visit this space dedicated to promoting contemporary art, with incredible architecture. Whether it's exhibits, artist talks, or performances, those who love human expression can enjoy the spot developed by the foundation chaired by the designer behind the famous fashion brand Prada.
La Scala Theatre
Music lovers cannot miss the chance to attend an opera at this famous venue where many of the most beloved performers have wowed audiences. During the day, visitors can also tour through the building and listen to stories of those who graced the theater’s stage since its opening in 1778.
Milan Natural History Museum
Dinosaur enthusiasts will be excited to visit the exhibits of the collection founded by the donations of naturalist Giuseppe de Cristoforis in 1838. Aside from the massive prehistoric animal remains, visitors can also see the history of human evolution, and more than a hundred dioramas showcasing biological interdependency in a myriad of environments.
This palace which was once a monastery now houses several of Milan’s attractions. Visitors can wander through the different buildings to visit the Pinacoteca di Brera, a gallery full of exquisite works of art, or the botanical gardens for those who want to walk in the fresh air and see greenery around them.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Given Milan’s fashion pedigree, a trip to the city could not be completed without a stop at its iconic shopping center. This beautiful architectural feat housing luxury brands was designed and built in the 1800s and is one of the oldest active galleries.
Those who want to know more about Milan’s history should definitely schedule a visit to Sforza Castle, a 15th century fortress. The ten different museums housed within the walls of this castle weave a story of those who made the city what it is today.
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
An ancient edifice, built approximately in 380, as a burial ground for those persecuted by the Roman empire, it has undergone many renovations, which is why it also boasts a Romanesque style architecture. Don’t forget to look up when visiting as there are mesmerizing mosaics and even a gilded dome.
The Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie
This church constructed under the orders of the Duke of Milan holds amongst it treasures one of the most famous and beloved paintings of the renaissance master himself, Leonardo da Vinci. This heritage site remains standing even after having endured lootings of famous works of art and even a bombing during World War II.
Leonardo da Vinci's Vineyard
Art and history aficionados will want to step into this space which was gifted to the great artist by the Duke of Milan after finishing The Last Supper.
Visitors can also walk along the courtyard and gardens of Leonardo’s residence.