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.
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.
After the Piccolo Teatro was inaugurated in 1947, it gained immense popularity not only among the residents of Milan but also across the globe. The theater has since then acted as a custodian of art and culture and continues to support as well as encourage local artists and their national counterparts. The theater is extends its name to three different venues- Teatro Grassi, Teatro Studio and Teatro Strehler; these can be used for a variety of performing-arts events depending on the audience capacity expected for them.
Teatro Carcano was founded in 1803 by Giuseppe Carcano on the premises of the abandoned monastery of San Lazzaro It has had a glorious history, with countless successes featuring artists that are now world-famous. In 1980, after having been a cinema for many years, it returned to theatrical productions, even though during the day it is used as a hall for lectures. Concessions with nearby car-parks provide discount parking. The theater can arrange baby-sitters and deliver tickets to your home address. It also has low-cost season tickets for young people, and matinee performances that are not exclusively for schools.
This artificial basin is considered to be the lake of Milan and is used for high-level motorboat, canoe and rowing competitions. There are also many sports centers around the shore which offer windsurfing, canoeing, rowing and waterskiing. It is also possible to get a fishing permit here. It is open in the summer months only. Some major concerts and music festivals are also held here.
Alcatraz is one of the most popular and well-established event venues in the city. Through the weekdays, they host a variety of musical concerts wherein a great line up of artists and bands put up their show. Come here over the weekend and enjoy to your fullest as the DJs play foot tapping music. From hip-hop to rock, rock, and disco, you'll find a slew of genres playing here. With a capacity of about 3,000 people, this venue has excellent ambiance and well-furnished spaces.
Located on the 5th and 6th floor of the historic landmark Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milano Osservatorio is a space devoted to contemporary photography and visual arts. Its mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. It exhibits visually stimulating artwork of international established photographers and the entry for senior citizens as well as people under 18 is free of cost.
Located right in the heart of Milan, Leonardo3 aims to shine a light on the contributions of Leonardo da Vinci both as an inventor and artist. A part of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the museum is home to the machines and physical models that were designed by DaVinci. Some of the notable exhibits here include the Mechanical Eagle, Great Kite, Harpsichord Viola, Mechanical Lion, Rapid-fire Crossbow and many more. Apart from the aforementioned exhibits, also popular here is the digitally restored The Last Supper, which also contains information about the history and science behind the beloved painting.
A historic Milanese theatre, with stage and a 1,800-seat auditorium. Belonging to the Municipality, for many years it was run by the Piccolo Teatro organization. It stages contemporary dance performances. It also offers a wide selection of classical and light music: since 1998 it has been run by the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, that organizes concerts here featuring top Italian and international singers.