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Milan, Italy: 5 Must-See Sights of Milan

Updated on December 6, 2010

The Beautiful City of Milan, Italy

The city of Milan, Italy, is one of the most popular destinations in the world for all kinds of travelers. Those who love architecture, culture, art, history, or just want somewhere beautiful for a romantic getaway with that someone special, are not disappointed in Milan. When in Milan there are a hundred and one sights to see, and it is impossible to see them all - unless perhaps you are planning on moving to the city permanently! So to take the stress out of deciding what you should see, take a look at the following top 5 must-see sights of the beautiful city of Milan.

Santa Maria delle Grazie - See the famous painting "The Last Supper"

First up is Santa Maria delle Grazie. You may see pictures of this church and convent built in the 15th century and think that it is not that much to look at. Well, certainly in terms of all of the sights that you could see in the city, that might be true. The thing is, Santa Maria delle Grazie has something renowned and spectacular inside - something so significant, that you have to order tickets to see it, and you may have to book up to three months in advance. Of course, I am talking about Leonardo Da Vinci's mural "The Last Supper", the painting that has caused a lot of debate and conversation over the last few years. Although the wall mural is spectacular, it can only be viewed for 15 minutes by each visitor, which is why it is worth taking the time to venture around the rest of this impressive building. The church has had to be extensively rebuilt several times and has an interesting and turbulent history which is worth finding out about.

Duomo Cathedral

Fourth largest cathedral in the world

No visit to Milan would be complete without taking in the marvel that is the Duomo Cathedral. This hulking structure is the fourth largest cathedral in the entire world, and it took an astonishing 500 years to complete. Started in the late 14th century, this imposing structure is awash with beautiful spires and impressive sculptures, all carved out of shiny white marble - and that is just on the outside! If you venture into The Duomo, you will be met with even more intricate sculptures and facades, and huge stained glass windows depicting various scenes from The Bible. Even if you are not "into" architecture in a big way, the Duomo is not to be missed.

Branca Tower in Parco Sempione

One of the best ways to get a 360 degree view of Milan

Although it just looks like a big block of steel to some, the Branca Tower in Parco Sempione is one of the best ways to get a 360 degree view of Milan. The tower was designed by the incredible Italian architect, Gio Ponti, and was constructed in 1933. The Branca Tower was forced to close for several years, but was re-opened to the public in 2002. The structure tops a whopping 108.6 meters high and is the second tallest structure in the city. As well as a lovely cafe in the tower, an elevator will take you to the observation deck at the top to give you those stunning views - just don't look down!

Castello Sforzesco

One of the most significant structures in Milan

Arguably one of the most significant and beautiful structures to be found in the whole of Milan is Castello Sforzesco. Also located in Parco Sempione, the castle was first built as a fortress to protect the city against rebelling Milan residents. The fortress was completely destroyed by 1447 and was not rebuilt until 1450. Since then, Castello Sforzesco has seen every kind of war and battle you can imagine and has taken a huge pounding through the centuries. It is now as beautiful as the day that it was originally built (with extras added on here and there through the ages). Visitors will find several great museums are housed within the walls of the castle, including one that holds work by that man again. Yep, Leonardo's famous Codex Trivulzianus is housed here along with some wonderful frescoes that he painted.

Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum

Over 10,000 objects relating to science and technology

Last but by no means least is the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum. Yes, it's that man again, but you have to admit that he was a genius! The museum is not all about Leonardo though. It has over 10,000 objects relating to science and technology from the time of the great man (including reconstructions of some of his models such as his flying machine), right up until the present day. This attraction is particularly good if you are taking children around the city, as it has 13 interactive labs and theatrical animation activities to really delve into.

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Photo credits

Flickr: Milan, Italy, Mike Murry

Flickr: Leonardo da Vinci - The Last Supper, umm

Flickr:Duomo di Milano, Bernt Rostad

Flickr: Castello Sforzesco by night, Bernt Rostad

Flickr:Corpo Automi Robot, br1dotcom

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    • globedancer profile image

      globedancer 5 years ago

      @Padaneis: Good ideas - thanks!

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      @Brookelorren LM: Thanks, Brookelorren! Naples is a fascinating city, too!

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      Thanks! how lucky you are to do tours in Italy!

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      Padaneis 5 years ago

      Three more must-sees: The botanic garden, the state university and the navigable channel :-) Bests!

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      @Padaneis: Each city do have it's problems yet we can't help but love it especially something as lovely as Milan! Thanks for dropping by Padaneis!

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      Padaneis 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens about a wonderful (even if problematic) city!

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      globedancer 6 years ago

      @Brookelorren LM: Thanks Brookelorren! Next time, right? (-;

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      I lived in Naples for three years, but I never went to Milan. Giving this an angel blessing