It is a well-known fact that the cultural offer in Italy is very far-reaching if you take the monuments and art work of Rome and Florence alone. Though it is the second largest city in Italy, with a history going back to the Celts, Milan isn’t as known for its culture and history. More so, people think of soccer and fashion when they hear Milan.
There is no doubt that Milan is the fashion capital in Italy, arguably next to Paris the other big fashion capital in the world. However, I would like to point out some of the most striking monuments in the city to show anyone who is thinking about spending a couple of days in apartments in Milan that the city doesn’t only have the looks but also the brains.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s fresco The Last Supper might be one of the most recognised art works in the world and it can be found right here in Milan in the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie.
The cathedral in Milan, Duomo di Milano, is the largest cathedral in the world that is built in Gothic style. It took almost six centuries to finish. It is adorned with many spires and over 3000 sculptures. Visitors can climb to the rooftop for the best look over the city and to get a close-up glimpse of the sculptures.
The opera house known as Teatro alla Scala has been the venue for many famous operas since its opening in 1778. The performances are always in high demand. Attached to the opera is also a museum that displays a collection of instruments and portraits of famous musicians. Also you have the opportunity to go backstage and view the stage from the boxes.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a beautiful glass roofed arcade that connects the cathedral and the opera house, two of Milan’s biggest landmarks. Inside it is decorated with many mosaics and it serves as a prominent shopping area. The interesting octagonal shape top with a glass dome in the middle of the Galleria has been the model for structures such as the Eiffel Tower.
This is a small selection of Milan’s cultural offer and there are many other things to explore. After a culture filled programme some might opt for shopping afterwards. Milan apartments keep you close to both, culture and shopping.