City Orientation Walking Tour, Milan

City Orientation Walking Tour, Milan
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Milan Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Milan Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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 walking tour to visit some of its most stunning architectural achievements and interesting spots.

City Orientation Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Milan (See other walking tours in Milan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Author: kane
Milan Cathedral

1) Milan Cathedral (must see)

Milan Cathedral, also called Duomo, is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan and the largest cathedral in Italy (fifth largest in the world) covering an area of 12,000 square meters and weighting 325,000 tons. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent and has been a central part of the city's life since 1386. Its foundation was laid by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, who died in 1402, when only half of the cathedral was completed, upon which the construction came to a standstill for almost 80...   view more
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Via Torino

2) Via Torino

Via Torino is one of the main shopping streets of Milan. It connects Piazza Duomo with the typical Ticinese district. Via Torino is famous for its specialty in shoes – one of the woman’s favorite product. Full of shops selling shoes, the street is famous for its wide range of shoes merchandise – from all-terrain boots to dainty sandals. In recent years Via Torino has developed a shoe mall, with a large number of shops selling shoes mainly to the young people. Price range varies from...   view more
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La Rinascente

3) La Rinascente (must see)

Founded in 1865,  La Rinascente is a classical fashion department store in Milan. It has been recognized as the most modern shopping place. It is an eight storey huge shopping mall that sells nearly everything one can think of, from lingerie to colorful ceramics. All the departmental stores selling latest cosmetics, accessories and footwear are situated here. The top floor is the home of innumerable gastro bars and a delicatessen: Italian cuisine, sushi bar, a branch of Obikà mozzarella bar...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (must see)

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a fashionable five-storey mall covered in curved glass, topped with iron roof and lavishly decorated with patriotic mosaics and statues - legacy of the chaotic era of Italian unification, manifesting the country's newly-acquired self-confidence. It was built between 1865 and 1877 by architect Giuseppe Mengoni – also credited with the monumental design of the whole area between the Milan Cathedral and La Scala Opera – and is named after Vittorio Emanuele...   view more
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

5) Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (must see)

Corso Vittorio Emanuele is a popular covered shopping street lined on both sides with boutiques selling clothes and accessories, situated behind the Milan Cathedral and connecting Piazza Duomo with Piazza San Babila. Named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of unified Italy, this is the second largest pedestrian area in downtown Milan, ideal for shopping and passing time away. Extending from its side are a number of small covered shopping galleries emerged as a result of post-war...   view more
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Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

6) Bagatti Valsecchi Museum (must see)

Situated in the Montenapoleone district of Milan, Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi is originally a private museum established by two brothers - Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, which is currently open to the public since 1994. The display includes Italian Renaissance (14th-16th century) artifacts as well as the property itself. The museum is also involved in a research work and organizes courses, seminars and conferences. Its publications focus on various aspects of 19th century culture. If...   view more
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Via della Spiga

7) Via della Spiga

Via della Spiga is one of the chicest shopping areas of Milan, situated in the north-east of the deluxe Quadrilatero della Moda district along with Corso Venezia, Via Monte Napoleone, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Manzoni. The street is famous for its sophisticated elegance manifested in stylish clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories put on sale. Among the famous brands presented here are Dolce & Gabanna, Sergio Rossi, Tod’s, Bulgari, Gianfranco Ferre, etc. to mention but a few. At #2...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Sergio Calleja (aka SuperKeko)
Via Monte Napoleone

8) 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

9) Museum Poldi Pezzoli (must see)

Founded in 1881, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum was originally a private collection of Poldi Pezzoli and his mother, Rosa Trivulzio, and featured 19th century Northern Italian and Flemish paintings along with a number of decorative art pieces including textiles, porcelain, glass, clocks, jewelry and metal works. In 1818, Poldi Pezzoli inherited great wealth from his uncle Giuseppe Pezzoli which included the beautiful palace and the garden filled with statues and fountains. He then spent his entire...   view more
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La Scala

10) 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

11) 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

12) 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

13) 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

14) 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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