Milanis the city of fashion, banking and Italy’s booming economic hub. It is an industrial city and probably not everyone’s first choice for site seeing in Italy. Italy is so rich in culture throughout, there are spectacular jewels in every part of the country which has so much to offer; but Milan certainly is one of Europe’s business destinations especially when it comes to the arts and fashion industry, it hosts some of the world’s greatest designer’s shows and attracts people worldwide. Yet, Milan also has some great sites to visit and the staff at Luxury Car Rental Club has compiled a list of their top favourites.
The staff’s first choices at Luxury Car Rental Club:
- THE MILAN DUOMO
Contrary to most other cathedrals, “Il Duomo” in Milan does not only offer a memorable experience of beauty from the inside sue to its architectural wonder and exceptional artefacts and splendid artwork; it offers an amazing view from its spire-laden rooftop. Visitors can walk on the rooftop of the cathedral and enjoy its grandeur, architectural beauty and of course a panoramic view of Milan. There overlooking the Piazza del Duomo, you can experience its beauty from above and on a clear day, one can view the splendour of the mountains in the far horizon. Whilst wondering on the rooftop, one can enjoy the intricate artwork of the spires of the cathedral, each unique in its own right.
- SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE CHURCH
Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s famous “The La Super” painting. Whilst in Milan, why not visit the Genius’s famous artwork. This famous painting, a depiction of Jesus eating his last supper with his Apostles was panted by the multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance period. It is a grandiose mural, located in this quaint church. It was commissioned by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, for whom Leonardo Da Vinci worked for over eighteen years. The mural is located in the dining hall of Maria delle Grazie and measures, 460 x 880 cm, covering the entire wall. Note that due to the limited amount of visitors permitted at any one time in the dining hall, tickets are difficult to get a hold of. There can be up to a month’s backlog. So, when planning a trip to Milan and if this is one of your must see, we recommend you book your tickets online, well in advance.
- GALLERIA VITTORI EMANUELLE II
Milan, one of the world’s fashion cities is also home to one of the world’s oldest shopping centres, Galleria VittoriEmanuelle II. Located right in the centre of the city, the shopping centre is housed in a four-storey double arcade of architectural genius and was named after the first King of the Italian kingdom. It was designed by GuiseppeMengoni in 1861. Construction began in 1865 and was completed in 1877.
It is an innovative architectural play with glass and cast iron, consisting of two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala
The central octagonal space is topped with a majestic glass dome. At the centre of the Galleria VittoriEmanuelle II lies a mosaic of a bull on the ground. The bull has no private parts; but instead these are replaced by a significant hole bearing the insignia of four prominent northern Italian cities. The bull represents the city of Turin, which is not too distant from Milan. And there is an interesting myth attached to the bull. It is said that if you spin around on the bull’s absent private parts, it brings you good luck. Worth a try just in case!
- TEATRO LA SCALA
La Scala is Italy’s historic opera house and the most renowned worldwide. To this date it holds some of the world’s most spectacular opera performances; but it also has a museum well worth seeing. The tour of the museum also includes a visit to one of the ravishingly elegant boxes in the opera house. La Scala was built in 1778. It holds its name from its predecessor; a church named Santa Maria della Scala use to be in the exact location where La Scala stands today.
The museum visits takes you on a fabulous tour of La Scala, where you get to walk through the majestic halls and foyers of the theatre. The décor is exceptionally beautiful and rich, red velvet and ornate gold. You can experience the elegance of the time and imagine what it must have been like back, when the wealth of Milan gathered to enjoy a magnificent piece composed by one of the grand composers of opera, Salieri, Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini.
The museum itself holds the entire history of Italian opera and theatre. It has a fabulous collection of costumes, portraits and busts of famous opera singers, original set design pieces, and several historic musical instruments.
- PINACOTECA DI BRERA
Pinacoteca di Brera is a wonderful art museum, boasting an impressive collection of great Italian artists as well as other paintings from some of the great artists in history, masterpieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, Mantegna, Hayez, Rembrandt, and Tintoretto are all exposed in this quaint museum located in one of Milan’s great neighbourhoods. The Breraneighbourhood is very picturesque with its street corner restaurants, beautiful little streets lined up with lovely little boutiques.
- QUADRILATERO D’ORO
Known as the “Gold Quarter” this is a beautiful area boasting luxury living and great shopping for the hunters of luxury brands and top fashion style. The shop windows are spectacular and the shops themselves a beautiful array of elegance, grace and certainly provide an excellent choice for lovers of the most prestigious grand brands. It is the walkway of Armani, Louis Vuitton, Dolce &Gabbana, Hermès, Versace and the list goes on. The area itself is a delightful experience of the high life, depicted in the most debonair manner, with chic dining and smart, buzzling cafés.