Category: Sightseeing

Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

October 28, 2014

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Santa Maria della Grazie, where "The Last Supper" is in the refectory

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Tuscany and is often associated with the Florentine Renaissance, but many of his productive years were spent in Milan. Evidence of his artistic and scientific work is still in many areas of the city. Here is an overview of the places where you can see Leonardo’s handiwork in Milan.

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Roman Ruins in Milan

August 12, 2014

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Colonne di San Lorenzo - Roman ruins in Milan

The modern city of Milan is a magnet for lovers of fashion and anyone involved in banking. But of course the city has a history, and offers so much more than shopping. For instance, did you know that there are Roman ruins in Milan? They’re not as plentiful as elsewhere in Italy, but that might just make them more special.

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Museums in Parco Sempione

July 1, 2014

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Parco Sempione in Milan

In addition to being one of Milan’s biggest public green spaces, Parco Sempione is also home to many museums. Most of the museums in the park are contained within the castle building complex, but there are two more elsewhere in the park that are worth checking out.

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Pinacoteca di Brera

February 6, 2014

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Courtyard of the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan

The most famous painting in Milan is, without question, Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of “The Last Supper” painted on the wall of a former dining hall. But art lovers visiting Milan don’t need to stop with a 15-minute viewing of that fresco – spend a few hours in the spectacular Pinacoteca di Brera to see Milan’s great collection of Italian paintings.

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Visiting the Swiss Alps from Milan

June 4, 2013

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Swiss Alps day trip from Milan

The spectacular Alps mountain range can, on a clear day, be seen from Milan – particularly if you climb to the roof of the Duomo. But there’s nothing quite like getting up into the mountains to truly appreciate the awe-inspiring landscapes. And there’s no better way to do that than by train.

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Shopping in Milan

May 9, 2013

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Milan has always been a city of great designers – from Leonardo da Vinci who was the court artist for the Duke of Milan, to Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Miuccia Prada, and Dolce and Gabbana. It’s not surprising then that this is a city which has defined how we shop as much as what we buy. (It’s the only city I know where the policewomen wear highheeled shoes.)

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Castello Sforzesco

February 19, 2013

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Milan’s Castello Sforzesco, once the fortified home of the regional government, now anchors one of the city’s big parks and houses a few separate museums and galleries. The structure dates back to the 14th century and features several distinctive towers.

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