Milan is a unique city, so beloved and popular with tourists from all over the world. It is here that people come to watch Formula 1 races, enjoy the opera at La Scala and attend the last show of famous Italian designers. Milan is not only the capital of fashion and shopping, it is a city with a rich cultural and historical heritage.
In the heart of Milan is the stunning Duomo Cathedral. This is a huge Gothic building with facades covered with snow-white marble.
The facades of the temple are decorated with 3400 statues. Not far from the cathedral is the city administration in the building of the Palazzo Reale. The monumental palace, which is open to the public today. In the same area you can find the Church of Santa Maria presso San Satira, whose history dates back to 879, the main building dates back to the 15th century. Its interior decoration is decorated with rare and ancient frescoes.
Victor Emmanuel II Gallery
Next to the Duomo is the famous gallery of Victor Emmanuel II. This gallery is essentially a closed passage from Piazza de la Scala to Piazza Duomo, and today it is a chic gallery of expensive boutiques of famous Italian designers, cafes and restaurants.
La Scala Opera House
Once on Piazza de la Scala, you can see its main composition and the pride of Milan – the best opera house in the world, La Scala, the building of which is a real work of art. What else can you see in Milan? Ambrosian basilica, the foundation of which was laid back in 379, the Sforza castle of the 15th century. The interior of the castle was decorated by Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Mantegna and Bellini. There is a chic fountain in front of the entrance to the castle.
Santa Maria de la Grazia
Speaking of the cultural center of Italy – Milan, one cannot fail to mention Santa Maria de la Grazia, which houses the fresco of da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. The fresco is made in such a way that the real table, standing in the middle of the church, passes into the table of Jesus and his apostles. You can also see the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, built in the 4th century, where there are unique columns and mosaics. Later, monuments to Constantine and Lazarus were erected nearby.
The Brera Pinakothek contains masterpieces by Italian artists, while the Brera Palace itself is a work of baroque art. If you arrive in Milan by train. You can appreciate the beautiful building of Milan’s main railway station, which for many opens the door to the amazing world of Milan’s culture.
Chic restaurant Ratana
These days, most Milanese in Italy’s cultural heartland don’t eat local dishes like polenta, risotto, or osso buco on a daily basis. After all, sushi and ramen are now just as easy to find as regional delicacies. Ratana, a chic restaurant in Izola, offers modern versions of Milanese classics that you should definitely try even if you’re not a gourmet.