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Milan

N 4527.864', E 911.498'
2012-06-04
http://www.tourism.milan.it
Our rating: 7.00
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Milan is the second largest city in Italy, the financial and economical capital of the country. The city center is beautiful, with many architectural styles that are not typical for the rest of Italy. Milan's most famous landmark is the Duomo Cathedral, which is situated in the downtown, near the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Almost all sights of Milan are located in one place, so you can move on foot. The roof of the cathedral is open for visitors from 9 am, and it's much more interesting than the visit to cathedral itself. 135 spiers and 3,400 statues are located on the roof!

Duomo Cathedral
Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Duomo Cathedral
Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Duomo Cathedral
Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Duomo Cathedral
Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Duomo Cathedral
Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Milan
Milan Yuriy Buriak


Duomo Cathedral
Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Duomo Cathedral
Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Modern Milan at a distance
Modern Milan at a distance Yuriy Buriak


On the roof of the Duomo Cathedral
On the roof of the Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Milan
Milan Yuriy Buriak


View from the Duomo Cathedral
View from the Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


View from the Duomo Cathedral
View from the Duomo Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Milan
Milan Yuriy Buriak

Near the cathedral is the entrance to the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Actually, prior to traveling in Europe, I thought that a gallery was a museum. It turned out that it was a shopping complex. If you ignore the numerous Japanese shoppers and brand signs, you can see some interesting things. For example, the world's first seven-star hotel. By the way, the famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai has not yet been certified as a seven-star hotel. 

First seven-star hotel in the world - Seven Star Galleria
First seven-star hotel in the world - Seven Star Galleria Yuriy Buriak

Black McDonald's, that was obliged to make such colors in the style of other boutiques.

Probably the world's only black MDonald's
Probably the world's only black MDonald's Yuriy Buriak

And a famous bull. The tradition tells that if you put your right heel on the bull's genitals and turn yourself three times, this will bring good luck. This practice causes damage to the mosaic.

Mosaic bull in Milan
Mosaic bull in Milan Yuriy Buriak

On the other side of the gallery there's a famous La Scala theater, though from outside it doesn't look impressive. Here's also a statue of Leonardo da Vinci.

Monument to Leonardo da Vinci in Milan
Monument to Leonardo da Vinci in Milan Yuriy Buriak

Further, through the small streets you need to get to the beautiful Via Dante and pass it to the Sforza Castle. This is a perfectly preserved defensive structure of the 14th century. The castle took part in many battles, was destroyed by Napoleon and rebuilt in the second half of the 20th century.

Sforza Castle in Milan
Sforza Castle in Milan Yuriy Buriak


Sforza Castle in Milan
Sforza Castle in Milan Yuriy Buriak

Behind the castle is a picturesque Sempione Park, where we settled for a picnic on a lawn.

Sempione Park
Sempione Park Yuriy Buriak

Few steps from the castle and the park, on the square near the Cadorna FNM - Triennale metro station, you can see the unusual sculpture "Needle, Thread and Knot". It was installed in 2000 by architects Oldenburg and van Bruggen, known for their large-scale installations around the world.

Sculpture in Milan - Needle, Thread and Knot
Sculpture in Milan - Needle, Thread and Knot Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture in Milan - Needle, Thread and Knot
Sculpture in Milan - Needle, Thread and Knot Yuriy Buriak

There are several unusual places in Milan, which are rarely visited by tourists. The 50 km long Grand Canal is located near the Porta Genova FS metro station. It was built in 1152-1209 for protection and trade exchange between Milan and the Swiss lake Maggiore. In the XIII century, the city had a huge network of canals and took drinking water from them as well as used them to deliver goods and to wash clothes.

There are canals in Milan, but they are not in the downtown.
There are canals in Milan, but they are not in the downtown. Yuriy Buriak

Between the canal and the cathedral, on the Corso di Porta Ticinese Street there are the best preserved remains of the Roman Empire - Columns of San Lorenzo.

Columns of San Lorenzo in Milan
Columns of San Lorenzo in Milan Yuriy Buriak

Milan is the fashion capital of the world. Local ladies wear boots even during the 30-degree heat.

In Milan everyone wears boots, even in the hottest weather.
In Milan everyone wears boots, even in the hottest weather. Yuriy Buriak

Milan stores one of the greatest work of art, "The Last Supper" - a mural by Leonardo da Vinci. Even those who are not interested in art, know it from the "The Da Vinci Code" movie. The biggest discovery for us was the size of the mural - 460 to 880 centimeters! By the middle of the last century, the colors faded and it was decided to restore the masterpiece. The restoration works continued for 21 years and ended in 1999. Since then, the mural is open for visits. The visit lasts only 15 minutes but this time is enough. We recommend buying the tickets in advance at this website. You need to come here and don't forget to take an audioguide.

"The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci @

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Tram in Milan
Tram in Milan Yuriy Buriak


Good repertoire in Milan
Good repertoire in Milan Yuriy Buriak


Milan
Milan Yuriy Buriak


Milan
Milan Yuriy Buriak


Milan
Milan Yuriy Buriak


Tourist map of Milan
Tourist map of Milan @

Useful links:
Map of Milan metro
San Siro Stadium
Autodrom in Monza
Duomo Cathedral
Museum of Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci
La Scala Theatre
Sforza Castle
Milan Restaurants

Getting there: It's better to go by train from the Malpensa airport to the city (11 euros one way, 15 euros return). This train goes right to the downtown to the Cadorna station. Express buses cost 10 euros (16 euros return) and in 50 minutes take you to the central train station (timetable).

Some lowcosts, for example, Wizzair, fly to the nearest Bergamo airport. A shuttle bus to Milan will cost no more than 10 euros. The buses run frequently, and you can buy tickets from the machine at the bus stop near the exit area.

If you are traveling by car to the downtown (map), you should purchase an "ecopass" for 5 euros per day (in the subway, from tobacconist or at newsstands). Then you need to remove the protective strip and find a PIN, which should be activated (for details, see this web page).

Tags, Italy: cathedral, city

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