Want a memorable and serene place to hang out and spend your vacation? Then you must try to visit Milan, Italy’s financial and fashion capital and considered as one of the most important fashion places in the world. But more to fashion Milan offers a unique travel experience to its visitors, with a long list of stunning tourist attractions, you can definitely spend a quality time alone or even with family and friends.
If you are looking forward to visit Milan in the near future, we enumerate the top seven must see places in this city of beauty and wonders.
1. Sforza Castle
A castle that was built during the 15th century by the Duke of Milan, Sforza Castle is one of the largest citadels in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, and is one of Milan’s most impressive monuments. If you are a lover of visual art, this place is a true delight for your eyes as it contains an art gallery where you can find sculptures, paintings, enigmatic frescos, and many artworks created by the famous Leonardo da Vinci. Sforza Castle is considered as the heart of Renaissance in Milan. Exploring the castle’s history is going be a one of a kind trip especially for art enthusiasts.
2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and named after the first King of the Kingdom of Italy—Vittorio Emanuele II. The place is also called the “il salotto di Milano” or Milan’s drawing room for it is the common rendezvous of Milanese dining.
The “Galleria” poses a magnetic grandeur its architectural design, the ceiling of the mall is made of blue glass, with paintings above the walls. As the place offers a grandiose appeal, it is no wonder that it houses high end fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Borsalino, and Gucci. If you don’t want to go for something branded, there are also a few small boutiques and stores in the area that sells interesting pieces that you can buy as souvenirs from your trip.
Interestingly, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II has a tradition about luck. It is believed that when a person spins his or her right heel three times on the balls of the bull mosaic art, it will bring good luck. The bull depicts the Turin Coat of Arms.
3. Planetario di Milano
Are you a traveller who is also an astronomy lover? If you are, then a trip to the Planetarium of Milan is amust for you. Planetario di Milano is an institute for communication and education in astronomy and other related sciences like physics and astronautics. Currently, it is the largest and the most important planetarium in Italy itself.
If you want to spend your night peacefully and avoid the crowded city, come and visit the planetarium! See the beautiful sky full of stars at the place, which is truly an outstanding experience.
Navigli is a system of navigable and interconnected canals in Milan. It was once a busy port in the city, but is now a famous attraction to visit instead of being a mode of transportation. The system is consisted of five canals—Naviglio Pavese, Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Martesana, Naviglio di Paderno and the Naviglio di Bereguardo.
If you want to have some drink at night, this is the wonderful place to be. There are plenty of bars and restaurants aligned in the place to enjoy a good nightlife.
5. Milan Cathedral
An exceptional and elaborate Gothic cathedral in Europe, Milan Cathedral (also known as Duomo di Milano) is dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent. The intensive architecture make the place a spectacular attraction and a religious destination. Also, the cathedral is one of the popular buildings in Europe being the largest gothic cathedral, and the second largest catholic cathedral in the world.
6. Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio (Basilica of Saint Ambrose)
With many places of worship in Milan, you will know that the Italians have been very connected with Christianity in the past until today. The Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio (Basilica of Saint Ambrose) is not only a marvel of architecture, but it is also a church rich in history and stories of spirituality as it is known destination of pilgrims and visitors.
Like the Milan Cathedral, the basilica is a place you should not miss in your visit in Milan. With all the beautiful medieval frescoes and sculptures, your curiosity will be more likely stirred to know the history of the place.
7. La Scala
An opera house in Milan, La Scala is the place to go if you are looking for entertainment. But it is no ordinary entertainment place! La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world so expect to be pleased to the maximum if you are a fan opera and theatre.
When you’re in an opera play, it is likely that the opera will take you to the 18th century theatre. The lyrical building also full of history and beauty you can discover.
Explore more, experience more, and enjoy your trip in Milan—an awesome place carved in the ages.