Of course the most famous building of Milan is where our tour has to start: the Duomo. And yes, it is definitely impressive to stand in front of this masterpiece of architecture. Even when you’re coming closer your fascination stays: you’re just fascinated of the art works – perfection in every detail.
Right in the city center of Milan, The Duomo di Milano is valued and guarded by the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. Today it is the largest church in Italy (yes, it’s even larger then St. Peter at Vatican City) and the fourth largest in the world.
Right next to the impressive Duomo there is another architectural sensation that catches your eyes and of course it’s a must for all fashion victims: named after Italians king Vittorio Emanuele II this spectacular building had been opened by the king himself in September 1867. Nowadays the gallery Vittorio Emanuele is the home of famous brands like Gucci, Versace or Prada, inviting fashion victims all over the world. If you walk a bit around and look carefully through the windows, you will find a shop where you can create your own perfume:
Another must have on our list was the Triennale Design Museum:
The new Museum of Design of the Milan Triennale exhibition was meant as a place of research and experimentation, a laboratory-museum that changes its exhibitions from public property, private and national museums every 12 or 18 months. In 2002, the architect Michele De Lucchi was chosen to give glory back to the original building designed in 1931 by Giovanni Muzio. The first floor of the Palazzo dell’Arte was designed at the Design Museum. In its core lies the permanent collection of Italian design that has more than 1,000 pieces belonging to various sectors of the design, made from postwar to the present. If you’re having a sense for design and beauty, this museum definitely belongs to your bucketlist.
From the Design Museum you can enjoy a walk across the Parco Sempione, a vast green space. This English landscape park was established between 1890 and 1893. Beautiful trees, bushes, flowers and cozy bridges across small rivers and lakes cover an area of 47 hectares. It’s Northern entrance is the dominated by the Arco della Pace. Although the triumphal arch was originally built in 1807 to commemorate Napoleon’s victories, when Milan was conquered by the Austrian Empire, the construction was interrupted for a few years and it was completed in 1838 to celebrate the Italian unification. Here also the legendary old trams of line 1 take a stop and bring you directly to this beautiful green lung of Milan.
Finally we close our day with the Castello Sforzesco at night. The first fortification on this site was built in 1368. Years later it was enlarged and became a splendid ducal palace, which was then practically completely destroyed during the Golden Ambrosian Republic. The Sforza family reconstructed the castle and made it into one of the most magnificent residences in Italy. Years later, the castle was used once more as a fortification under the Spanish and Austrian domination. The final look was completed at the beginning of the 21st century when the Castle square was built with a fountain in the centre and in 2005, the restauration of the Cortile della Ghirlanda and the halls of the castle were completed.