Located in downtown Milan, the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum expresses the taste and lifestyle of a wealthy, cultured, aristocratic Milanese family at the end of the 19th century, and is one of Europe's most important historic house museums. Here, the precious permanent collections of 15th and 16th-century Italian art and decorative arts, assembled by the Bagatti Valsecchi brothers during the second half of the 19th century, are found in their original positions. Because of this, the museum not only offers Italian Renaissance art, but also presents an authentic "magic window" onto Milan's aristocratic past, fascinating to many kinds of visitors.
Once the palatial symbol of Visconti nobility, the Sforzesco Castle was reconstructed by Francesco Sforza, the duke of Milan in the 15th Century. He rebuilt parts of the original fortification, including the Torre del Filarete that towered 70 meters (230 feet) above other small towers. Deemed to be one of the largest bastions in Europe, this monumental citadel underwent several expansions and changes in the years that followed. When under Spanish rule, it was largely used as a barrack, before parts of it were demolished by Napoleon's troops. In the 19th Century, it was salvaged by architect Luca Beltrami. He rebuilt several parts of the castle, including the towers, the moat and even restored the historic Torre del Filarete to its former glory. The castle's archways give way to the regal courtyards of Rocchetta and Ducal, which house several archaeological and art museums.
The Pinacoteca di Brera is located in a 1615 building constructed by Francesco Maria Richini. The gallery was founded in 1776, and it holds important works by Italian and foreign masters from 1400 to 1900. Of special note are the paintings by Vincenzo Foppa, Lorenzo Lotto, Paolo Veronese, Tintoretto, Giovanni Bellini, Andrea Mantegna, Tiziano, Correggio, Bramante, Gentile da Fabriano, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio, Rubens, Hayez. This is the permanent home of Sposalizio della Vergine by Raffaello, the Cristo morto by Andrea Mantegna, Madonna and Saints by Piero della Francesca and the Madonna in trono e Santi by Ercole Dè Roberti. There are a bookshop and a cafeteria, and guided tours are available. It is located within the city's notable palace Palazzo di Brera which was constructed by architect, Francesco Maria Ricchino, in a Milanese Baroque style.
Located on the outskirts of Milan, the Leolandia Park is a spectacular amusement park. Sectioned into 6 thematic areas with a total of 39 attractions on board, you are guaranteed to have a fun-filled day out. Enjoy at The World of Peppa Pig or challenge your adventurous soul by sitting in all the terrifying rides. You can also take your kids to the animal section of Leolandia and let them feast their eyes on fishes, reptiles, farm animals, parrots and many more birds and beasts. Live music, dance and drama performances also take place which are quite entertaining to behold. However, the show stealers at this amazing park are the 160 scale reproduction of Italy’s most beautiful monuments. Don't forget to keep your camera ready when you visit these delightful miniature models. Operating since 1971, this place is frequented by both locals and tourists and is a must-visit if you are in Milan.
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.
The Museo Teatrale alla Scala was founded in 1913, but underwent a radical restoration and was opened again in 2004. The museum is a music-lover's Mecca: it gathers portraits and statues of the most well-known composers, opera singers and actors. It contains rare, ancient musical instruments such as a XVII spinet with the warning words "Inexpert hand, touch me not!" painted on it. Historical memories and set designs of the theater are on display on the second floor. In the first room, it is worth pointing out the still-life of musical instruments painted by Baschenis. The entrance of this museum is in the same building of the theater just on the side of the main doors.
For art aficionados, Museo Del Novecento is a welcoming change as it highlights artistic expressions of the 20th Century till date. You will find masterpieces by Italian masters, renowned world artists and established local artists in its themed rooms. Set inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario with its grand staircase being the focal point to all the levels, you will find each area celebrating Italian art which includes varying forms such as surrealism, abstract and spatialism as well as sculptures. Besides its permanent collection of 400 works, it also hosts temporary exhibits, concerts and educational events.
Housed within the historic Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was formed in 1618 following Cardinal Federico Borromeo's generous donation of artworks. The collection included a total of 172 paintings that can be traced back to the 17th, 18th and early twentieth centuries, with significant artworks such as The Musician by Leonardo, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio and the Vases of Flowers by Jan Brueghel. There are also several paintings that can be sourced to Venetian, Flemish and Lombardian schools of art, besides a few bronze and marble sculptures as well.
The seat of government in the city was originally the Royal Palace of Milan, where the municipal institutions were located. It became a noble residence during the rule of the Torriane and Visconti families, who gave it its shape that can in part still be seen, based on a system of two courtyards. Partially demolished to make way for the Cathedral nave, the building was refurbished after 1452 by Francesco Sforza. Used as the seat of power by the Spanish rulers, it underwent substantial modifications until the late 18th Century, in particular, the extensive work by Giuseppe Piermarini. Alongside the volumes of the Palazzo there is the Arengario, seat of the Palazzo del Turismo, with its two pavilions designed in 1939 (and completed in 1956) by the architects Enrico Agostino Griffini, Pier Giulio Magistretti, Giovanni Muzio and Piero Portaluppi. A feature of interest - on the first floor of the Palazzo, there is the famous 'Sala delle Cariatidi', in the location of the ancient theater destroyed by fire in 1776. This hall is now undergoing restoration.
The Gallerie di Piazza Scala is a beautiful art gallery and museum housing a wide variety of contemporary artworks from the 19th and 20th Century. Paintings and sculptures by renowned artists like Umberto Boccioni, Antonio Canova, Francesco Hayez, Giuseppe Canella and Emilio Isgrò can be seen here. Entry to the museum is free and audio guides are provided as well, which makes it a must visit location for any art enthusiast. The building of the museum itself is a remarkable example of Italian architecture and worth visiting in itself. A small coffee shop and book shop are located on the premises of the museum as well.
Located in the heart of Milan, Cinema Eliseo is a multiplex that screens upcoming movies. The room features multiple halls that can seat hundreds of movie buffs. The multiplex offers comfortable seating arrangements, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipments and a food counters that offers a variety of delicious snacks. They not only showcase popular mainstream movies but also screen foreign-language movies.