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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October 15, 2014
The first stop in our Leonardo da Vinci walking tour of Milan was to the museum of the Codex Atlanticus. Made famous in recent years from the novel and Hollywood film the Codex Atlanticus is a collection of his notes and sketches. After his death the thousands of drawing and sketches were scattered. Recently collectors have brought them back to Milan and reassembled portions of his work. The sketches on display in the museum are from a period of time when Leonardo was experimenting with optics.
October 7, 2014
Milan may be home to one of Italy’s busiest airports, but it’s not a city in which many tourists want to spend much time. It is, however, an ideal base from which to explore the gorgeous scenery around Lake Como.
September 30, 2014
Wines in Italy are named after the region in which they were made rather than just by the grape used. For example Chaniti, one of the country’s most popular wines, is made in the Chanit region where it takes its name. In other parts of the world the wine takes the name of the grape if that were the case Chainti would be called Sangiovese since it is made from a majority of Sangiovese grapes. On our wine tasting in Milan we tried wines from the Chieti, and Salento regions of Italy.
September 23, 2014
Sometimes it’s not enough to visit one country during a holiday. Sometimes you need to cross just one more border to feel like you’ve really gone somewhere. It’s helpful, then, that Switzerland is such an easy trip to make from Milan.
September 9, 2014
A visit to Milan satisfies some important cravings – particularly if they include ogling one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, peering at a city from the roof of a cathedral, and shopping your heart out. But if you’re craving some quintessentially Italian foods, you might want to make a day trip to Parma.
August 26, 2014
Milan is famous for its shopping opportunities. Many of Italy’s best-known designers have their flagship stores in Milan, if not their headquarters, and the pedestrian-only Quadrilatero d’Oro makes for excellent window shopping even if you can’t afford the goods inside. But you can’t visit Milan, even if you’re not planning to do much shopping, without going to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – one of the world’s oldest shopping malls.
August 12, 2014
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.
July 1, 2014
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.
June 3, 2014
Land-locked Milan wouldn’t seem like a natural place for an aquarium, and yet there it is – the little Civic Aquarium of Milan, sitting at one corner of the Parco Sempione. It’s not going to be the focus of a Milan visit, to be sure, but it’s free to enter and can be a brief diversion from all the art galleries and churches on your must-see list.