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A Day in Milan

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Milan Cathedral

Watched over by the Madonnina, the cathedral's high marble spires represent the city's most famous artistic and religious monument. The dimensions of Christendom's third-biggest church are still awe-inspiring, spanning 108 meters (354.3 feet) high and 158 meters (518.3 feet) long. A range of architectural styles feature the doorways of the 17th Century, the central balcony from the late 18th Century and the three main upper windows which are early 19th Century pieces by Carlo Amati. The Gothic cathedral's vast interior is grand with its impressive pillars, vaults, streamlined arches and wonderful statuary surrounding the nave. Light filters in through a crevice in the wall, positioning itself on the sundial that frames its main entrance. Gleaming statues carved out of Condoglian marble are perched atop its spires. Whether one is seeking religious fulfillment or is simply sightseeing, the Duomo leaves one spellbound.

Piazza del Duomo 1, Milan, Italy, 20122
Teatro alla Scala

Dating back to 1778 as a fitting replacement for the Teatro Ducale, the stately Teatro Alla Scala has since come to be one of opera's most legendary venues. The historic theater has hosted most of Italy's operatic masters alongside renowned international artists. Designed by noted architect, Giuseppe Piermarini, the theater's neoclassical facade has a palatial theater with six tiers of private boxes, topped by an intricate ceiling. Home to the prestigious La Scala Theater Orchestra, La Scala Theater Ballet and La Scala Theater Chorus, it remains one of the city's liveliest cultural venues. Apart from operas, the theater also hosts plays, ballet shows and numerous other cultural events throughout the year.

Via Filodrammatici 2, Milan, Italy, 20121
Palazzo Belgioioso

Belgioioso Palace was designed in 1772 by Piermarini for Prince Alberico XII Barbiano di Belgiojoso as a new residence. The building has a main courtyard and two secondary courtyards: the façade is particularly interesting, with a giant order of half columns and pilaster strips above a rusticated ashlar ground floor, and terminating in a large cornice and gable. The entrance is heightened by the projecting central volume. The coherence of the design extends to the interior decoration and furnishings, also designed by Piermarini. Feature of interest: On the first floor there is a chapel with lobate central plan, and a powder-room, also central-plan.

Piazza Belgioioso 2, Milan, Italy, 20121
Pinacoteca di Brera

The Pinacoteca di Brera is housed within a grand 1615 building designed by architect Francesco Maria Richini. Founded in 1776, the gallery offers an extensive collection of Italian and foreign masterpieces from the 14th to the 19th centuries. You can admire works by renowned artists like Vincenzo Foppa, Lorenzo Lotto, Paolo Veronese, Tintoretto, and many more. Some of the Pinacoteca's highlights include Raffaello's Sposalizio della Vergine, Andrea Mantegna's Cristo morto, Piero della Francesca's Madonna and Saints, and Ercole Dè Roberti's Madonna in trono e Santi. The venue also boasts a bookstore, cafeteria, and guided tours.

Via Brera 28, Milan, Italy, 20121
Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

Founded in 1953, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci includes 28 distinct galleries dedicated to all aspects of science and technology, including the spectacular collection of the creations of Leonardo da Vinci. From transportation to astronomy and modern high technology, the scope of this museum ranks it among the most important in the world. The artifacts inside this museum provide a fascinating look into physical sciences.

Via San Vittore 21, Milan, Italy, 20123
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

Commissioned by Ludovico Sforza, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie was designed by Guiniforte Solari. While the Sforzas may have envisioned it playing a role in their family's legacy, it primarily served as a functioning church. The adjoining Dominican convent, with its cloister and sacristy, received later renovations by the renowned architect Bramante. Notably, the church's terracotta ornamentation became a significant influence in northern Italian Renaissance architecture. The most famous artwork housed within the church is Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, "The Last Supper."

Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie 2, Milan, Italy, 20123
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