Construction of the "Galleria", a typically 19th-century public building that is now one of the oldest shopping malls in the city, began in 1865 following a series of competitions for the design won by Giuseppe Mengoni. Large plaster eagles support its dome, 47-meter high and made of iron and glass. Note the designs on the interiors and the Neo-Renaissance-style stucco work and graffiti. The floor of the building was completely restored in 1966 in a rare mosaic showing the emblems of Italian cities.
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.
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.
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.
Located in Palazzo Giovio, Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio is a popular archaeological museum in Como. The museum is renowned for taking the visitors through the history of Como right from pre-historic times to the middle ages. The artifacts in this museum are up-to-date, making is a reliable archaeological museum.
In the centre of Milan, the shop windows are king, it is would be nigh on impossible to forget that you are in a great metropolis, the capital of fashion, and it is here that this horticultural society was founded in 1874. There is a huge range of colours here; red, yellow, green.. but we are not talking about clothing colours here. It is plants and flowers that interest the people who meet here in Via Monte Napoleone at eight o'clock. The society organises trips to gardens, conferences and classes on gardening techniques and flower arranging. Every June it organises a horticultural show that takes place in the gardens of Via Palestro. The Societa' Orticola di Lombardia is open to members only.
Appian Line offers a host of local sight-seeing tours under the guidance of experienced, multilingual experts. You can take a walking tour of this historic city and even explore it by night. Whatever your needs and preferences, Appian Line will ensure that you have a memorable experience. For more information, please visit the website.
De geschiedenis van de dom wordt aan de hand van originele schetsen, houten modellen, documenten e.d. geïllustreerd.
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.