Centro Landmarks Walk, Milan

Centro Landmarks Walk, Milan
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Being over two thousand years old, Milan features an amazing array of architecture. Over the centuries, the city of Milan has been home to some of the best artists and architects of the world. Masterpieces of Baroque, Neoclassical and Renaissance styles make Milan a city of unparalleled architectural value. Take this tour around the Centro Storico of Milan to visit some of its most stunning architectural achievements.

Centro Landmarks Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: Centro Landmarks Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Milan
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Author: kane
Milan Cathedral

1) Milan Cathedral (must see)

Milan Cathedral, also called Duomo, is the cathedral church in Milan, Lombardy. Dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. It is also the largest cathedral in Italy and fourth largest in the world. Duomo is centrally located, so the roads either emerge from it or encircle it making it one of the most important sites in Milan.

Gian Galeazzo Visconti laid the foundation of the cathedral. It has been a central part of the city's life since 1386. Built on...   view more
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

2) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (must see)

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a well-known and splendid five storey mall covered with a curved glass and iron roof. Designed in 1861, this 19th century structure is decorated with patriotic mosaics and statues. Giuseppe Mengoni built this arcade between 1865 and 1877. The arcade was named after Vittorio Emanuele II who was the first king of united Italy.

Bolognese architect Giuseppe Mengoni gave a monumental design for the development of the area between the Cathedral and the Scala Opera...   view more
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

3) Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (must see)

Corso Vittorio Emanuele is the most popular covered shopping street in Milan lined, on both sides of the pathway, with shops of clothing and accessories. Situated behind the Cathedral of Milan, it connects Piazza Duomo with Piazza San Babila. During the day, it is traffic-free and is an ideal place both for shopping and window shopping. Extending from the side of the Corso, a number of small covered galleries full of shops emerged as a result of post-war renovations.

Named after Vittorio...   view more
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Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

4) Bagatti Valsecchi Museum (must see)

Situated in the center of Milan in the Montenapoleone district, Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi is one of the best museums in Europe. It was a private establishment built by the Bagatti Valsecchi heirs. The museum-home is now open to public to display artwork and the 19th century residence of the family. After its opening to public in 1994, it has been possible to visit the house's many fascinating rooms decorated with the 19th century artifacts. The museum is also a center for doing research...   view more
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Via della Spiga

5) Via della Spiga

Via della Spiga is one of the most exciting and chic shopping streets in Milan. It is situated at the north-east side of the deluxe Quadrilatero della Moda along with Corso Venezia, Via Monte Napoleone, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Manzoni. Via della spiga is famous for its sophisticated elegance expressed through stylish clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories.

All the famous names such as Dolce & Gabanna, Sergio Rossi, Tod’s, Bulgari, Gianfranco Ferre, Dolce & Gabanna, etc...   view more
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Via Monte Napoleone

6) Via Monte Napoleone (must see)

Via Monte Napoleone, nicknamed ‘Montenapo’ by the Milanese, is a stylish and luxurious street in Milan. It is famous for its ready-to-wear clothes and jewelry shops. Many distinguished Italian fashion designers as well as designers from all over the world have their exquisite boutiques and stores in this most significant street of the Milan Fashion District. Also known as the Quadrilatero della moda, it houses many exclusive Italian shoe stores and the headquarters, major offices...   view more
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Museum Poldi Pezzoli

7) Museum Poldi Pezzoli (must see)

Founded in 1881, Poldi Pezzoli Museum was originally a private collection of Poldi Pezzoli and his mother, Rosa Trivulzio. The museum houses a vast collection of 19th century Northern Italian and Netherlandish/Flemish artists. Poldi Pezzoli was famous not only for its collection of Renaissance Italian paintings but also for an exclusive collection of decorative arts including textile, porcelain, glasses, clocks, jewelry and metal works.

Poldi Pezzoli inherited in 1818 a great wealth from his...   view more
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La Scala

8) La Scala (must see)

La Scala, originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre at La Scala, is a world renowned opera house in Milan. Inaugurated on 3 August 1778, it has witnessed the performance of the greatest artists and singers not only of Italy but also of other nations.

In 1776, a fire completely destroyed the Royal Ducal Theatre. Empress Maria Theresa of Austria established the Teatro alla Scala to replace its demolished structure. Since then, it had been the home of opera in Milan. Today, the...   view more
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Pinacoteca di Brera

9) Pinacoteca di Brera (must see)

Pinacoteca di Brera is an art collection in Milan containing one of the prime collections of Italian paintings obtained from churches and monasteries taken over during the Napoleonic rule. Though humble in size, the Pinacoteca displays superb and exclusive works by major Italian artists from the 13th to the 20th centuries.

Founded by Francesco Maria Richini in 1651, the palazzo was made for the Jesuits with the aim to showcase their college, astronomical observatory and botanical garden....   view more
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Castello Sforzesco

10) Castello Sforzesco (must see)

Castello Sforzesco, one of the biggest fortresses in Europe, is a castle in Milan. Originally the Duchy of Milan used to live here. Now it contains several museums and art collections. Constructed in the 14th century, it had been rebuilt and modified a number of times by later generations. The castle rooms were originally decorated with intricate detailed work of art. The most famous of these was the ceiling paintings by Leonardo da Vinci.

After the death of Filippo Maria in 1447, the...   view more
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Santa Maria delle Grazie

11) Santa Maria delle Grazie (must see)

Santa Maria delle Grazie (Holy Mary of Grace) is a famous church and Dominican convent in Milan, included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The church is also famous for the mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory of the convent. The Duke of Milan, Francesco I Sforza, ordered the building of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The main architect was Guiniforte Solari, and the convent was completed by 1469, although the church took more time to...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology

12) Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology

The Museo nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci" in Milan is the largest science and technology museum in Italy, and is dedicated to Italian painter and scientist Leonardo da Vinci. It was opened on 5 February 1953, inaugurated by the prime minister of Italy. This museum, in the ancient monastery of San Vittore al Corpo of Milan, is divided in seven main departments: Materials, Transport, Energy, Communication Leonardo da Vinci, Art & Science, New Frontiers,...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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