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Milanese Musicale

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A June 2004 trip to Milan by Gaires2359

Milan Cathedral (Duomo) Photo, Milan, Italy More Photos
Quote: Milan calls to you like a siren's song that is hard to resist. She draws you with elegant and outrageously expensive high-fashion boutiques, the world's largest Gothic cathedral, the celebrated La Scala opera house, a royal palace, art-filled private mansions.

Milanese Musicale

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Overview

Milan Galleria Vittorio Emanuele Photo, Milan, Italy
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Milan is Italy's economic powerhouse, a bustling city of finance and industries, media empires, and fashion houses, backed by an impressive cultural heritage of important art galleries and ancient churches. Yet, a 40-minute train ride takes you to the azure pools of "The Lakes," lined with fishing villages, villas, and laid-back resorts. So, what do you do? You can wander freely about the forest of Gothic carvings adorning the rooftop of its cathedral. Or, go wild on a shopping spree in the world capital of high fashion and top names in haute couture. After 5pm, go on a café crawl, because Milanese bars and cafés have this lovely practice of laying out platters of mini-sandwiches, canapés, olive...Read More

Castello Sforzesco

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Attraction | "Exploring Castello Sforzesco"

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Located on the northwest side of the historic centre of Milan, it is an odd combination of oversized courtyards, lithe towers, and lovely medieval nooks and crannies. This massive, sun-baked rectangular bastion was built in 1451 for Francesco Sforza. Largely restored in 1893 to1904, and again after massive World War II damage, its many collections include art and sculpture from the early Middle Ages to the 18th century, decorative arts, musical instruments, Oriental art, and archaeology-all free of charge. Some pieces of note at the Castello include "Rondanini Pietà". Michelangelo started his career with a Pietà carving at the age of 25 (now in St. Peter’s in Rome). And while the master was famo...Read More

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Castello Sforzesco
Piazza Castello
Milan, Italy 20121

Santa Maria delle Grazie

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Attraction | "The Vanishing Last Supper"

Santa Maria delle Grazie Photo, Milan, Italy
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The 20th-century writer Aldous Huxley called it "the saddest work of art in the world," referring not to the impact of the scene when Christ tells his disciples, "one of you will betray me," but to the fresco’s state of deterioration. One of the largest and most ingenious works created by the ultimate Renaissance man, Leonardo Da Vinci’s 1495 to 1497 masterpiece is the most talked-about artwork after his "Mona Lisa", following the release of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Since it was finished, art students have journeyed to Milan to view the work, which takes up a refectory wall in a Dominican convent next to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The painting has m...Read More

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Santa Maria delle Grazie
Corso Magenta
Milan, Italy 20123

Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

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Attraction | "La Fabricca del Duomo"

Milan Cathedral (Duomo) Photo, Milan, Italy
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There is no better example of Milanese tenacity than the fact that their cathedral is a completely unspoiled example of Gothic style, despite taking a full 427 years to build. Generations of builders resisted every new style that came along, from Renaissance, to baroque, and then to neoclassical. The phrase la fabricca del Duomo in Milanese dialect is still used to refer to anything that seems to take forever to complete. Began in 1386, the neo-Gothic finishings were only added to its façade in 1813 under Napoleon. From the 16th century, top architects submitted designs for the façade, but it wasn’t until 1805 to 1813 that the bronze doors and reliefs were finally built. In 2002, the Duom...Read More

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Milan Cathedral (Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Milan, Lombardy
02-864-63456

Milan -- Making the Most of your Day

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Milan’s Centro Storico, or historic centre, is where the world's largest Gothic cathedral stands. It’s home to the much-celebrated La Scala opera house, art-filled private mansions, the royal palace, a most elegant shopping arcade, and busy pedestrian boulevards. Once the Roman city of Mediolanum, though its boundary walls vanished long ago, besides historic sights, the area has a grid of shopping streets around Via Montenapoleone known as the Quadrilatero d’Oro or 'Golden Triangle'. Milan is home to some outrageously expensive boutiques, as well as haute-couture stores and the head offices of all the biggest brand names in international fashion. With so much to see and do, where do you b...Read More