Trip to Milan in northern Italy
Milan: the italian metropolis, capital of the affairs and of the fashion, offering any type of distraction, but also lots of culture that can be found between the many ancient palaces, the churches, the cathedral (Duomo di Milano), the countless museums and art galleries. A vacation to Milan lets also to taste typical dishes coming from several italian regions and, due to the geographic position, Milan is also an excellent base for your tours in northern Italy.
Our sightseeing in Milan starts from the world's famous Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano), symbol of the city and dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente.
Close-ups on Milan Cathedral's facade.
Duomo di Milano
is one of the world's biggest cathedrals, counting more than 3500 statues and 52 huge columns.
During sunny days, thanks to the many colored windows, the Milan cathedral is illuminated with nice colors.
More pictures of Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano), lateral and back views.
Our tour in Milan continues from Milan cathedral towards the entrance of Vittorio Emanuele gallery
, connecting Cathedral square to Piazza della Scala. Vittorio Emanuele gallery was built starting from 1865 and hosts dozens of shops dedicated to luxury fashion brands and different kinds of restaurants. Vittorio Emanuele gallery is probably the best place to do shopping in Milan.
More Milan pictures. Once out from Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, we reach Cordusio square, from where we cross Dante street up to Sforzesco castle.
Carioli square: a statue with Garibaldi and, above, the Sforzesco castle.
The Sforzesco castle
, where it's possible to visit the inner rooms containing many sculptures and paintings made by Leonardo da Vinci and other world's famous artists, like Michelangelo with its Rondanini Pietà. The Sforzesco castle was built starting from XV century by Francesco Sforza, but was partly destroyed, rebuilt and modified during the subsequent centuries.
One of the Sforzesco castle's cylindrical tower and the outside walls.
With a few minutes walk, our tour to Milan continues from Sforzesco Castle to Sempione park and the Arc of the peace. The Sempione Park is a vast green area in the heart of Milan downtown, hosting gardens, old trees, but also important palaces, like the Arts Palace.
These pictures are from Milan Brera neighborhood, an exclusive area in central Milan, famous for shops dedicated to arts and antiques. The narrows streets, normally crossed only by pedestrians or bikes, has also a good selections of typical restaurants.
Milan is known also for the many small churches, and there are more than one hundreds of them throughout the city.
Our visit to Milan ends with Forlanini park,
a green and very wide area, just 5km away from Milan's center. The park offers walking trails, lanes for bikes and also a small lake hosting red fishes and turtles.
HOW TO GET TO MILAN
Milan Linate airport is very close to Milan downtown (about 6 kilometers) and has several flights per days from most european and italian cities.
Milan Malpensa airport is about 40km from Milan downtown and requires about one hour transfer time. Milan Malpensa airport has direct non-stop services to most european cities and overseas destinations.
Bergamo Orio Al Serio airport (often simply called "Milan Bergamo" airport) is located about 50km from Milan downtown and is served by several low cost airlines offering cheap flights to Italy.
Milan can be also reached by fast trains with direct service from Naples, Rome, Turin, Venice, Florence, Bologna and by most other italian cities by connecting service.
Milan has a good network of surface transportation, but only three subways. We advise to not rent cars or drive in the city, due to the traffic and to very complicated road network, below the european standards.
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