The wonderful Milan 1

Milan is one of the top 3 fashion cities in the world, but there is much more to this hip, urban metropolis – it is also home to an incredible patrimony of art and culture. Getting to the city’s most central place, piazza Duomo, people are impressed  by  the stunning Duomo, the third largest cathedral in the world and  often described as one of the most beautiful churches . Even the American author Mark Twain dedicated a whole chapter to it in his book Innocents Abroad – describing it as “…so grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful!”. On the left side of the Duomo  is the impressive Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II – a 19th century glass vaulted shopping arcade. Brimming with fashionable shops and cafés – it is often called the ‘salotto di Milano’ or ‘Milan’s drawing room’ for its importance as a common meeting point through the years for the Milanese. Passing through the Gallery we arrive at Piazza della Scala, the square which houses the world renowned Scala Theatre – Milan’s Opera House since 1778 which is still in use. Some of the greatest musicians and singers the world has ever known have performed here, notably Giuseppe Verdi whose famous operas, such as Falstaff, often premiered in this very theatre. Not far is the  Brera District, with its historical buildings and ‘literature cafés”, restaurants and fashionable bars – this area has long been home to artists and intellectuals. It’s picturesque  streets lead  to the castle, known to the locals as Castello Sforzesco. An imposing medieval Castle and fortress,  was once seat and residence of the ruling family of Milan and now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections. Milan is also home to  Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper, which can be admired inside the dining hall of the  Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.  The mural  painting had been severely damaged over the centuries, and has only very recently undergone a painstaking 21 year restoration, revealing the original colors and details of this masterpiece. The Navigli  is one of the most ancien and fascinating area  of Milan: the Naviglio Grande , lined with houses, old and new, old wash-houses with wooden beamed roofs and craftsmen’s workshops, galleries, bars and restaurants make it a very different destination for enjoying Milan. Every last Sunday of the month, the Darsena, the old harbor,  is the location of an extensive flea-market. But this is only what lyes on the surface…..Milan has  a lot more to offer. Come with us and you will be amazed by the so many  treasures hidden behind!




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