The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan

Milan - city of fashion, design, art, aperitifs, finance. Milan has many different aspects, too many to discover in a short stay, but there are some requisite highlights to at least begin to get to know the city. These are the most important tourist attractions, the most representative architectural wonders, the most important institutions, the symbols of the city.

These places of interest are summarised into a ‘classic’ itinerary that starts from Piazza del Duomo and, passing by the magnificent Castello Sforzesco, includes characteristic attractions such as the Navigli canal district, the Fashion Quadrilateral, Brera and the Pinacotecca art gallery.

The Romanesque basilica of S.Ambrogio, wherein lie the remains of the city’s patron saint, and the Renaissance Santa Maria delle Grazie church with the Last Supper, a famous masterpiece , are also definitely not to be missed.

Milan is fashion, design, finance and also art thanks to its precious heritage sites, famous architecture and esteemed masterpieces safeguarded in the city’s many museums. Here we present a selection of the most evocative itineraries.

Piazza Mercanti

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
The small piazza Mercanti that lies along the route that connects the Duomo to the Castello Sforzesco, has an almost medieval air, a special niche in the city of Milan. The adjoining buildings date back to different eras and prominently demonstrate the development of civil architecture in Milan over the centuries.

Quadrilatero della Moda

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
The "Quadrilatero della Moda” aka the "Fashion District" is Milan’s neighborhood of luxury and designer names. Famous all over the world, is so named because it is surrounded by four prestigious streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia.

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
A building rich in history and spirituality, a casket of sacred art, the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio represents, with the Cathedral, the focal point of Milan’s religious life.

Santa Maria delle Grazie

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
Visitors who truly wish to discover and learn about the city’s wonders cannot miss the splendid church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a rich testament to the Renaissance in Milan.

Castello Sforzesco - Sforza Castle

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
Today the castle is home to the Civic Museums and since 1896 it has hosted one of the vastest artistic collections in the city.

The Navigli District

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
For centuries Milan was a navigable city with canals - called navigli - and marinas like Venice. The Navigli district, which comprises the streets around the Naviglio Grande, the Naviglio Pavese and the Darsena dock, still have traces of this past history and offers impressive and fascinating glimpses of bygone days.

Museo Poldi Pezzoli - Poldi Pezzoli Museum

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum may seem like a museum of long tradition, considering the wealth of its collections.

Piazza della Scala

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
Piazza della Scala was inaugurated in 1858. It is situated at the far end of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, bordered on one side by the Teatro alla Scala and on the other by Palazzo Marino.

Piazza del Duomo

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
Piazza del Duomo is the main piazza in Milan that, for many centuries, has marked the centre of the city, both in a geographic sense and both for its artistic, cultural, and social significance. It is a showcase of the most representative buildings of the city like the magnificent Duomo and the elegant Galleria. The monuments and palazzos that overlook the piazza narrate the history of the city, from its origins to the present day. Without doubt it is the ideal starting point for exploring the city.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
The Galleria, a place of transit for busy managers or a stop for enchanted and curious tourists, expresses the various faces of the city through its many aspects.

Museo del Novecento - Museum of the Twentieth Century

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
Opened on December 6th, 2010, the Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century) is a structure of 8500 square metres, 4500 of which is exhibition space complemented by an area for other services (bar, restaurant, ticket office, educational area), cloakroom and administration rooms.

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana - Ambrosiana Gallery

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
The central nucleus of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, one of the most original and systematically-arranged art collections in Milan, is based on sacred art. The collection ranges from the Middle Ages to the mid 16th century.

Pinacoteca di Brera - Brera Art Gallery

The Most Evocative Itineraries in Milan
The Gallery, created in 1776 thanks to Maria Theresa of Austria as essential part of the Brera Academy, houses a vast collection of artworks.

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