Milan Journals

A Day in Milan

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A May 2008 trip to Milan by airynfaerie

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Photo, Milan, Italy More Photos
Quote: From cathedrals to confections, Milan is a big city with a lot to do...although, unlike many of the other famous Italian cities, I feel that it's easy to consolidate this city's main sites.

Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

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Attraction | "Milan's Gothic Masterpiece"

Milan Cathedral (Duomo) Photo, Milan, Italy
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Undoubtedly, Milan's most well-known building is the Cathedral, or Duomo, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Located in the center of the city in the Piazza del Duomo, this massive church is rich with ornate details and a popular site for tourists. Known for it's lengthy completion process, lasting over 500 years, this cathedral was began in 1386 and fits over 40,000 occupants inside. A free visit inside the church, this makes the visit even that much more appealing, as do the long hours that it remains open (daily 7am-7pm). Definitely a must-see for any visitor to Milan, this is probably most tourists very first stop, and the piazza is one of the central stops for the cit...Read More

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

Santa Maria delle Grazie

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Attraction | "The Last Supper - The First Stop for Visitors"

Santa Maria delle Grazie Photo, Milan, Italy
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One of the most famous paintings in the world resides in Italy's northern city of Milan. Leonardo da Vinci's massive Last Supper is preserved and available for limited viewings by visitors. The Cenacolo Vinciano (Last Supper) is one of the must see sites for art lovers, and is a viewing that you won't forget.Located in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, this painting is housed in a very protected side area where the refectory used to be, surrounded by very high-tech preservation controls. Visitors are given specific reservation times to enter. Only small groups are admitted at a time, and for strict 15 minute visits only. The group walks through 3 separate climate-controlled compartments...Read More

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Santa Maria delle Grazie
Corso Magenta
Milan, Italy 20123

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Attraction | "World's First Indoor Shopping Mall"

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Photo, Milan, Italy
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One of Milan's most famous buildings is that of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Hailed as one of the world's first shopping malls, this structure is a must-see for shopper, architects, and history buffs alike. Noted by it's glass ceiling and arched entry ways, one glance into this hall of shops, makes you feel like you've stepped back in time to a more glamorous and prestigious shopping experience.Located just off Milan's main plaza, Piazza Duomo, the Galleria, is an easy stop during a visit to this bustling city. Designedby Giuseppe Mengoni in 1861, and finished in 1877, this shopping center is sandwiched in between two of the city's other famous architectural wonders...the gothic cath...Read More

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Piazza Del Duomo
Milan, Italy 20121

Chocolat Milano

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Restaurant | "A Sweet Treat During a Day of Sightseeing"

Chocolat Milano Photo, Milan, Italy
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Attention dieters: Don't even think about reading any further, as this may make you want to leave your rice cake at home and hurry over to indulge in creamy chocolate.If you only have a day in Milan, yes see the main sites like the cathedral or Leonardo's Last Supper...but as in any other Italian city, a stop for gelato should also be on your schedule. So it was during our day in this big bustling city, and after a few recommendations by locals, we decided on Chocolat Gelateria. Located near the Castello Sforzesco, and less than half a kilometer from Santa Maria delle Grazie (the church where Leonardo's masterpiece is), this is an easy stop between sightseeing in Milan.As soon ...Read More

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Chocolat Milano
Via Boccaccio 9
Milan, Italy
+39 (02) 481 00597

FORMA International Center for Photography

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Attraction | "A Modern Museum in a Country of Ancient Art"

FORMA International Center for Photography Photo, Milan, Italy
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A surprisingly refreshing stop during a visit to Italy is one to a very modern gallery in the city of Milan, the Forma. Fittingly, this gallery is a modern space in one of Italy's more modern cities, and it's a nice change of pace from the multitudes of historic art that one can see in abundance in this country of ancient masters from Roman times to the Renaissance. The Forma is an "International Center for Photography" and offers visitors a quality collection of artists' works throughout the seasons.During a visit to the city of Milan in 2008, we were able to visit an exhibition at the Forma highlighting the works of famed photographer, Richard Avedon. As he's one of my favorite photograp...Read More

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FORMA International Center for Photography
Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro, 1
Milan, Italy 20136
+39 02 58118067