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Milan Milan (Italian: Milano) is one of the largest cities in Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy, and is one of the most highly developed urban centres in Europe. In contrast to most of Italy, which is famous for a comfortable Mediterranean climate, Milan's winters are typically damp and cold, while summers are hot and very humid.


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» 10 Corso Como

10 Corso Como, Milan

If 10 Corso Como sounds like an address, it is. It also happens to be one of Milan's most fasionable addresses, home to a number of attractions and shops. 10 Corso Como (it's Dieci Corso Como in Italian, as "dieci" is the word for 10) was originally an art gallery and bookstore, opened in a traditional Milanese building 1990 by Carla Sozzani. The complex grew over the years to include a cafe, a fashion boutique, a roof garden, and even a tiny hotel (with only three rooms) - all at the same address …

» Ambrosiana Library & Picture Gallery

Ambrosiana Library & Picture Gallery, Milan

In addition to fine artwork, great libraries are the mark of high society - so in the early 17th century Cardinal Federico Borromeo founded the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan (the Ambrosiana library and picture gallery, in English). Cardinal Borromeo stocked his library with more than 15,000 manuscripts and 30,000 books that he and his employees had picked up all over Europe. The contents of the library included ancient Greek and Roman works, as well as the middle east …

» Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Autodromo Nazionale Monza , Milan

Monza is a wealthy suburb of Milan, principally known as the location of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, a world-famous car racing track. The Autodromo Nazionale Monza was built in 1922 and actually has three tracks on the grounds. The main one is the Grand Prix track, a 3.6-mile track that has hosted every Formula One Italian Grand Prix since the series began in 1922, except for the 1980 race. The Italian Motorcycle Grand Prix is also held at Monza …

» Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Milan

A visit to the historic Bagatti Valsecchi house museum in Milan is a step back in time to when every Italian palazzo was a private home. As a bonus, it also houses a nice art collection. The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is in the Montenapoleone area of central Milan, and was once the home of the Bagatti Valsecchi brothers - Fausto and Giuseppe. They died in the early 1900s, and the palazzo stayed in the family until 1974, when one of Giuseppe's sons sold the palazzo to the region of Lombardy for use as a museum …

» Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, Milan

The Romanesque Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio is dedicated to Milan's patron saint, Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, who founded the church in the 4th century. Dressed in his bishop's finery, the saint's skeleton is displayed in the basilica's crypt. The church embraces a mix of styles, having been rebuilt in the 11th century and much restored since then. The building has a squat, medieval Lombard facade thanks to its elongated atrium dating back to the year 1098 …

» Bergamo

Bergamo, Lombardy

The city of Bergamo is really two cities, an old and a new, and the historic one is a popular day trip from Milan. Bergamo has an old city center on a hill, and a newer city that has spread out from there. The old city, known as Citta Alta (high city), is the main attraction for visitors. This medieval town center is circled by 17th century Venetian walls (still intact) and is all cobblestone streets and historic buildings. There is very little automobile traffic in the Citta Alta …

» Bramante Sacristy

Bramante Sacristy , Milan

One of the most famous attractions in Milan, the thing that nearly everyone wants to see even on a short visit, is Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' fresco in the Santa Maria della Grazie church. That's not the only thing to see in that church, however. You can also visit the beautiful Bramante sacristy, designed by the Italian architect Donato Bramante in the late 15th century. The Duke of Milan hired two of the best artists of the time to work on expanding and beautifying …

» Brera

Brera , Milan

In a city of many trendy neighborhoods, the Brera district in Milan is one of the most charming. Located very close to the Duomo in the historic center, this is the part of Milan that might make you forget about the city's hustle-bustle reputation. The Brera neighborhood is a maze of narrow, cobblestoned streets lined with boutiques and cafes - during nice weather, cafe life spills onto the sidewalks and makes for an excellent place to do some serious people-watching …

» Brunate

Brunate, Milan

Not all visits to Lake Como are about waterfront towns - a trip up into the hills over the lake to Brunate offers spectacular views. The small hilltop town overlooks not just Lake Como, but the town of Como itself. The two are roughly 1,600 feet apart, so while you won't be dipping your toes in the lake from Brunate, you'll be enjoying views that the people in Como can't see. The Como-Brunate Funicular linking the towns was built in 1894, but you can keep going up even after you reach Brunate …

» Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco, Milan

The Castello Sforzesco (or Sforza Castle) is a huge, classically crenellated pile of red-brick masonry on the western edge of central Milan. The castle was built by the earlier Visconti dynasty, but became home to the ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the castle is propped up with massive round battlements, and a stepped tower overlooks the central courtyard and gardens. Leonardo da Vinci helped design the defensive walls. Today the castle houses a handful of excellent museums and galleries …

» Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore , Milan

There are many important churches in Milan besides its famous Duomo, including the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, also known as Chiesa di Milano. As the name suggests, it was once associated with a major convent, but that building is now used as Milan's archaeological museum. The church is still used as a house of worship, as well as a venue for concerts. The church of Saint Maurice al Monastero Maggiore (in English) was built in the early 1500s …

» Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro

Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro, Milan

Many churches in Italy are built on older worship sites. What makes the Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro in Milan different is that the old church was incorporated into the new one, both in design and name. The original church on this site was dedicated to San Sitiro (Saint Satyrus), built in the 9th century. In the late 15th century, the church was also dedicated to Mary. The name "Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro" indicates that the new church was "staying with" (presso) the old one …

» Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is made up of five fishing villages along the coast of the Italian Riviera. These "Five Lands" include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, all tiny towns built upon rugged cliffs overlooking the sea. Known for its beauty and charm, Cinque Terre draws people year round to walk along its scenic coastal path, "Lovers Lane", to enjoy the views and romantic atmosphere …

» Codex Atlanticus

Codex Atlanticus

Leonardo da Vinci was famous for keeping extensive notes, sketching designs for things that were way beyond his time and writing in code so his discoveries wouldn't be stolen. Some of those writings are cataloged in what's known as the 'Codex Atlanticus,' a 12-volume set spanning more than 40 years, and part of this astounding collection is housed in Milan's Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Da Vinci spent much of his lifetime simply jotting down notes …

» Colonne di San Lorenzo

Colonne di San Lorenzo

Milan is known for its opera, fashion, and banking - not its ruins. And yet the city has Roman ruins - including the Colonne di San Lorenzo. These well-preserved ruins all date from the 2nd century, when they were part of a Roman building (experts aren't sure whether it was a bath house or a temple). They were likely moved to their current location in the 5th century. The 16 columns line one side of a piazza in front of the fifth-century Basilica di San Lorenzo, one of Milan's oldest churches …

» Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

Whether you visit Milan due to your love of art or as a reader of Dan Brown Da Vinci Code, you'll be sure to head to Il Cenacolo Vinciano to see Leonardo da Vinci's mural The Last Supper, or Cenacolo. The famous wall painting covers the wall of the refectory next to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, on the western outskirts of central Milan. The painting represents the moment when Jesus predicts that one of his Apostles will betray him …

» Desenzano del Garda

Desenzano del Garda, Lombardy

The town of Desenzano del Garda is a popular tourist destination on the southern shore of Lake Garda in northern Italy. Along with many other towns in the area, this spot was a beloved resort for ancient Roman nobles from nearby Verona. One of the main attractions is the ruin of a Roman villa and its associated museum. There is also an archaeological museum in the town, with exhibits showcasing even older artifacts than the Roman ones …

» Duomo

Duomo

Milan's Cathedral, or Duomo, is a much-loved symbol of the city. The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic in Italy, its spiky spires and towers dominate Piazza del Duomo, Milan's beating heart. The Duomo's exterior is an upwardly thrusting collection of pinnacles, elongated statues and buttresses. The central spire is topped by a gilt statue of the Madonna, called the Madonnina. Inside one of the world's largest churches, it takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust …



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