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Milan Attractions

Milan features world-renowned landmarks and icons of artistic, historic and religious importance.  Milan attractions will mesmerize even the most seasoned world travelers. 

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The Duomo is said to be most impressive of the Milan attractions, boasting a sublime gothic design from the year 1300.  It’s second in beauty only to St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome.  In it, visitors will find more than 3,500 statues and an impressive spire atop of which sits the famous “Madonna.”  This column is 108 meters high and the sculpture is made with 3,900 segments of gold leaf.

A symbol of Milan’s religious life is the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio.  It was completed in 379 A.D in a Romanesque style.  Tourists will enjoy the exhibits that relate more than 1,600 years of the city’s history. 

And among the most visited Milan attractions is the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.  It was constructed in the 15th century by “il Bramante.”  It’s here where Leonardo da Vinci painted “The Last Supper,” one of the most iconic works in human history.  The section of the church where the painting was created is known as the Cenacolo Vinciano.  The masterpiece was recently refurbished in order to protect it from rapid deterioration.

La Scala Theater Museum is another one of the interesting Milan attractions.  It was founded in 1913 and was utilized to house costumes and theater sets.  Some of the galleries are dedicated to the life of the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi, to musical instruments and to the costumes worn by important personalities.  Among them are Maria Callas and Rudolf Nureyev. 
Art enthusiasts will not want to miss the Pinacoteca di Brera originally opened in 1809 by Napoleon Bonaparte.  It showcases works taken from churches throughout Europe.  These include art from the 14th through the 20th centuries by artists like Caravaggio and Raffaello.  In the courtyard, guests can see a statue of Napoleon.

And after the previous venue you’ll want to continue on to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana to view an even bigger variety of paintings by Da Vinci and Botticelli to name a few.  It’s the oldest museum in the city and among the top Milan attractions.  It’s also home to a unique display of ancient codes and manuscripts.

If you like sculpture, the Museum of Ancient Art is one of the must see Milan attractions.  It’s located inside the famous Castello Sforzesco.  The selection of monuments and statues gives visitors an insight into the culture of the Lombard region.  These beautiful pieces range from the 4th to the 16th centuries and include pieces by Michelangelo. 

La Scala Theater is perhaps one of the renowned Milan attractions worldwide.  It was completed at the end of the 1700s on top of the remains of what was once the church of St. Maria della Scala.  It has hosted names like Puccini and Verdi.   

Before you finish seeing the Milan attractions, take time to stroll through the Bohemian Brera.  This exciting area is filled with cafes and artists’ studios.  

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