What To Do In Milan?

Want to go to Italy for a weekend and more precisely to Milan? Gralon has selected the essential things to do during your stay.

Presentation Milan

Capital of Lombardy and economic capital of Italy. Milan is often criticized for being a large metropolis, quite different from cities such as Rome, Palermo or Florence. However, the city is full of assets and charm.
European capital of fashion, city of gastronomy etc. It will take you more than a day to visit the essential.

Italian art

1) Feast your eyes on The Last Supper.
Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie is without a doubt the greatest painting of the Renaissance. It captures that dramatic moment when Jesus is betrayed by one of his disciples. The painting is so realistic that you can imagine the astonishment, even shock and hostility of the religious followers at Christ's last meal. It is the testimony of a turbulent, tormented history. The painting was almost destroyed during the Second World War. Thanks to a restoration of the fresco, it can now be seen in color. Save yourself a moment to visit and see this masterpiece.

2) Go see the best art collection in Milan.
A rather modest but very Nice collection at the Pinacoteca di Brera, an art museum that covers the works of great Italian artists from the 13th to the 20th centuries. The most important works are represented there. There is also a studio of drawings and contemporary works. Behind the museum is the Orto Botanico di Brera, which is a very pleasant place to relax. There are bars, exhibitions and lots of other Nice places to visit.

3) La Scala di Milano
As one of the three most prestigious opera houses in Italy along with La Fenice in Venice and Teatro San Carlo in Naples, La Scala in Milan is known as the temple of classical and operatic music. It is located in one of the busiest squares in Milan "Piazza della Scala".
The opera house also has its own museum that contains a collection of costumes, instruments and instruments related to the music and history of the monument. The entrance ticket costs 5 euros and the museum is open every day (with a break from 12:30 to 13:30).

The Italian way of life

4) The ritual of Aperitivo:
More than a tradition in Milan, we could even say a way of life. Originally imagined as an accessible (understand cheap) relaxation for young executives after a long day of work, the aperitivo has very quickly evolved. Now it has become a meeting place appreciated by all and by all. The idea? Between 6pm and 9pm, every day, you can enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet for the price of your drink. Between 5 and 12 euros on average, the most luxurious will be 18 euros at the Armani Bar.

5) Stroll the Golden Rectangle.
Milan is one of the most fashionable places in the world. But unlike the sprawling Paris district, Milan's stores are set in a square, bordered by via della Spiga, via Manzoni, via Sant'Andrea and via Montenapoleone: the Quadrilatero d'Oro (Golden Rectangle). Boutiques of more than renowned designers that include Armani, Chanel, Padra or Versace. Even if the stores are overpriced, or simply out of your budget, you can spend a few hours strolling around, admiring the beautiful windows.

A breathtaking architecture

6) Climb to the top of the Duomo:
The Duomo in Milan has an amazing view. It is the third largest church in Christendom. 3500 statues as well as 135 spires adorn the marble structure. With its Baroque and neo-Gothic facade, its five bronze doors each carved by a different artist, it is hardly surprising that it took more than 500 years to complete the construction work. It is a good idea to take the elevator to the roof where you will find a breathtaking view of the Alps on a clear day.

7) Visit the Sforza Castle
In the heart of the city, the castle stands out for its grandeur and authenticity. Called "Castello Sforzesco" in Italian, the monument dates back to the 15 th century and is now a museum. Leonardo da Vinci, Bramantino and many others participated in the embellishment of the building. Today it is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe.

8) Go support AC Milan.
The San Siro stadium is an essential place of pilgrimage for any soccer fan. 85,000 seats, home of two rival clubs AC Milan and FC Internazionale that are among the most important in the soccer world. When there are no matches scheduled, you can always visit the stadium and the museum which includes cufflinks Dating back to 1928, documentation of the purchase of the club in 1986 by Berlusconi, old foosball games, old photographs etc.

Author: Mallory Delaune
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