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Must-see monuments and neighbourhoods during a visit in Milan, from the fashion district to Da Vinci’s Last Supper. With extra tips to truly experience it to the max!
Milan is not Rome, Florence or Venice. It has its hidden beauty, ancient and modern at the same time, where time seems to have never stopped; however, life continues to roll by as fast as the many cars and Vespas during the rush hours.
Tourists gather in the city centre, making Piazza Duomo their destination and after a few hours, they get the perception that “that’s what Milan is all about”. They don’t even enter the cathedral, they observe it from outside and below, without thinking about having a different perspective of it. They walk through the Galleria admiring the shop windows or looking up at the arcades, but never sit beside a true Milanese sipping a “Campari with white wine” – and don’t call it a Spritz! They visit the Museo del 900 in Piazza Duomo, but they miss the spectacular Lucio Fontana neon light installation at the top floor, etc.
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Apart from observing its marvellous architecture from the outside, queue to enter. Then go up on the roof, or cross the street and enjoy a drink or dine at la Rinascente rooftop bar, with a fabulous view over the spires.
Walk underneath the glass-vaulted arcades, look for the gathering of people around the mosaic bull in the centre where everyone spins on their heel placed directly on the bull’s balls (for good luck), and then have a drink at the historic Camparino bar.
The new neighbourhood built in the heart of the city that redesigned the urban skyline and gave locals a new pedestrian area. On one side, there is the fashionable Corso Como, on the other, the more alternative Isola district. The entire walk is long and beautiful.
In the evening, it is crowded with people searching for a drink and something easy to eat. On Sunday mornings, there are the flower and antique markets, and during the week there is tranquillity. By day and by night – it’s here you get the two faces of Milan.
Located right in Piazza Duomo, this museum hosts the 20th-century Civic Art Collections. An overview on Italian and international contemporary art – complemented with an amazing view.
The fashion district (or Quadrilatero della Moda) is made of a collection of narrow streets lined with high-fashion boutiques. A sort of Mecca for fashion addicts, surely worth a visit even if just to do some people watching.
A neighbourhood in the historic centre of Milan hosting fashion boutiques and tourist restaurants – in addition to the Pinacoteca di Brera. Eat at Sushi B and slip into the Botanical Garden for some quiet time.
A true medieval castle in the centre of Milan. It hosts the Civic Museum of ancient art and includes a beautiful park where locals like to go for a run or simply relax. Go up and admire the battlements.
A ticket for an Opera performance can cost a fortune, but concerts and ballet shows are affordable. The seats in the gallery tend to be cheaper, along with true fans who watch the show standing up after queuing for hours.
The Milanese locals might have visited it once as children, but “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is a destination for tourists from all over the world. Book in advance online.