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Tourist Attractions in Milan, Italy

Updated on July 23, 2012

Milan is the second largest city in Italy. The city is known as a thriving cosmopolitan business capital and the center of cultural and tourist activities. The main industries of Milan are fashion, textiles, the manufacturing of cars, machinery, chemicals and paper-making. Milan focuses on enjoying worldly pleasures such as shopping, football, opera, and a buzzing nightlife.


Duomo Cathedral

The Duomo Cathedral, situated on the main square of Milan, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Construction began in 1386 and was completed in 1809. Its lengthy creation bestowed on it 3,400 statues, 135 spires and 96 gargoyles. The huge building is made of brick faced with marble from the quarries. Is 157 meters long and 40 000 people can fit in comfortably.


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

This four-storey, glass-domed arcade is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of united Italy. The arcade was originally designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. The central octagonal space is topped with a glass dome and the use of the iron structure has inspired also the Eiffel Tower, in Paris.


La Scala Theatre Museum

The Teatro alla Scala Museum, founded in 1913, was restored a few weeks ago and reopened in 2004. The museum    is filled with momentos from the opera house ast collection of music instruments, busts, portraits and a vast collection of music instruments, busts, portraits and documents documents and a vast collection of music instruments, busts, portraits dedicated to many famous composers such as Rossini, Puccini and Toscanini. The museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions related to the specific opera staged at La Scala.

Santa Maria delle Grazie

The convent of of Santa Maria delle Grazie was completed by 1469 and the church a few years later. In the refectory of the convent you will find the famous mural of Leonardo da Vinci's - The Last Supper. The mural measures 460 x 880 centimeters and covers the back wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Leonardo started to paint The Last Supper in 1495 and completed it in 1498.


Museo Poldi-Pezzoli

The Museo Poldi-pezzoli, founded in 1879, opened its doors to the public in 1881. Numerous masterpieces hang from the walls of the Golden Room with a view of the picturesque garden.  These masterpieces include art, furnishings and historic arms, including Piero del Pollaiolo's "Portrait of a Woman," which has become an icon for Milan's own style.

The Sforzesco Castle

The Sforzesco Castle, dating back to the 1400's, is Milan's most famous and beloved monument. The castle contains three museums The castle contains three museums and became a place of culture at the beginning of the 20th century.


Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum

This science and technology museum,This science and technology museum, founded in 1953, is the largest science and technology museum in Italy. The museum is named after Leonardo da Vinci, an extraordinary intellect who mastered art, science and technology. The museum shares a collection of objects, machinery and evidence of the Italy's scientific and technological evolution.


Milan Aquarium

Milan Aquarium, the oldest and largest aquarium in Italy, houses 36 gigantic pools with more than 100 different species of fish. The environments are recreated and range from the Amazon to the Mediterranean and a terrarium with amphibians. The library at the aquarium is known as the most important resource for marine biology and oceanic studies in Italy.

Orto Botanico di Brera

The Orto Botanico di Brera, a botanical garden situated in the centre of Milan, was established in 1774. In 1998 the garden was restored after a long time of neglect and decay. The garden primarily consists of trimmed brick, rectangular flower-beds and elliptical ponds.


Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

One of the oldest churches in Milan, The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, was built in 379 - 386 AD by Bishop Ambrose. This Basilica is a typical example of the Romanesque architecture of the beginning of 1000 AD. 



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