Marvel at Italian Masterpieces in Milan
Milan is where Italian masters, past and present, have made their mark. See Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, not far from the headquarters of leading fashion brands Versace, Armani and Prada. Milan is a metropolis bursting with design, art, architecture and fashion.
Unmissable sights include the grand Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral, with its 135 spires, 3,600 statues and stunning views of the city and beyond, and the more hidden Chiesa di San Maurizio. This 16th century chapel and convent is walled with beautiful frescoes, many painted by Bernardino Luini, who was known to work with Leonardo da Vinci.
Milan is a global fashion and design capital and is perhaps best known for its Milan Fashion Week that attracts high end fashion brands and socialites from around the world. If you want to get your hands on some upscale fashion then the quadrilatero della moda fashion district is for you. It is regarded by some as the most important fashion district in the world.
Milan is also a hub of high art and music with world renown museums and theatres. For art, the Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) is essential viewing for its artworks by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. This grand castle is a museum lover’s dream as it also includes The Museum of Ancient Art, The Archaeological Museum of Milan, The Museum of Musical Instruments, The Egyptian Museum, The Antique Furniture & Wooden Sculpture Museum and more! Milan is also an international centre for performing arts, with the La Scala opera house considered one of the best in the world.
Finally, be sure to try classic Milanese cuisine like ossobuco (braised veal shank) and Milano salami and gorgonzola, before hitting the town after dark to experience Milan’s flashy nightlife.