What does Milan have to offer?
A vision in pink Candoglia marble, Milan’s extravagant Gothic cathedral, 600 years in the making, aptly reflects the city’s creativity and ambition.
The Last Supper (L’Ultima Cena)
Milan’s most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is hidden away on a wall of the refectory adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Located upstairs from the centuries-old Accademia di Belle Arti (still one of Italy’s most prestigious art schools), this gallery houses Milan’s impressive collection of Old Masters, much of it ‘lifted’ from Venice by Napoleon. Rubens, Goya and Van Dyck all have a place in the collection, but you’re here for the Italians: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and the Bellini brothers.
A stroll around the Quadrilatero d’Oro, the world’s most famous shopping district, is a must. This quaintly cobbled quadrangle of streets – bounded by Via Monte Napoleone, Via Sant’Andrea, Via della Spiga and Via Alessandro Manzoni – has always been synonymous with elegance and money.
Originally a Visconti fortress, this iconic red-brick castle was later home to the mighty Sforza dynasty, who ruled Renaissance Milan. The castle’s defences were designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
St Ambrose, Milan’s patron saint and one-time superstar bishop, is buried in the crypt of this red-brick cathedral, which he founded in AD 379.