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Where Milan - - CONTENTS -

Dis­cover the city, start­ing from its main land­mark attractions.

Mi­lan's cathe­dral is one of the most im­por­tant Gothic build­ings in the world. www.duo­momi­lano.it. Pi­azza Duomo. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F4

GAL­LE­RIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II An el­e­gant four-storey ar­cade hous­ing lux­ury cafés and de­signer shops known as the ‘liv­ing room' of the Mi­lanese. Don't miss the Leonardo3-The World of Leonardo da Vinci ex­hi­bi­tion with new dis­cov­er­ies: codices, ma­chines, paint­ings and draw­ings (www.leonardo3.net). Map F4

“THE LAST SUP­PER” IN SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE CHURCH Leonardo da Vinci's mu­ral paint­ing is one of the most fa­mous attractions in the world. www.ce­na­colovin­ciano.net. Pi­azza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2. M1-M2 Cadorna FN, M1 Con­cil­i­azione. Map D4

CASTELLO SFORZESCO A 15th cen­tury seat for Mi­lan's ducal fam­ily. To­day, its mu­se­ums con­tain master­pieces by famed artists. www.mi­lanocastello.it Pi­azza Castello, 1. M1-M2 Cadorna FN, M1 Cairoli, M2 Lanza. Map E4

NAVIGLI A net­work of canals per­fected by Leonardo da Vinci and cur­rently one of the main hubs of the Mi­lanese “movida”. Don't miss the Darsena, the “port of Mi­lan”. M2 Porta Gen­ova FS. Map E6

PI­AZZA DELLA SCALA/TEATRO The per­fect lo­ca­tion for the Gal­lerie d'Italia Art Mu­seum and the pre­miere opera house. www.gal­leried­i­talia.com www.teatroal­las­cala.org Pi­azza della Scala. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F4

AMBROSIANA PIC­TURE GALLERY Ex­hi­bi­tion of sev­eral works of art from the 15th through 17th cen­turies and home to Leonardo's Codex At­lanti­cus. www.ambrosiana.it. Pi­azza Pio XI, 2. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F5

BR­ERA DIS­TRICT One of the city's most vi­brant districts known for its bohemian at­mos­phere and trendy nightlife. Via Br­era and sur­round­ing ar­eas. M2 Lanza. Map F3

Ambrosiana, Pic­ture Gallery and Li­brary

The Ambrosiana pic­ture gallery con­tains sev­eral ex­quis­ite works of art from the 15th through 17th cen­turies and in­cludes “The Mu­si­cian”, at­trib­uted to Leonardo, Raphael's car­toon for the “School of Athens” fresco and Car­avag­gio's “Bas­ket of Fruit”. The Ambrosiana li­brary con­tains one mil­lion books in­clud­ing manuscripts and prints. www.ambrosiana.it. Pi­azza Pio XI, 2. T: 02 806921. M1-M3 Duomo, M1 Cor­du­sio. Map F5

Castello Sforzesco

The an­cient seat of the rul­ing Vis­conti, it houses a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing mu­se­ums and li­braries. Its park is a favourite with old and young alike. Open daily 7am-6pm (win­ter time); 7am-7.30pm (sum­mer time); Thurs 7am-10.30pm. Free ad­mis­sion. www.mi­lanocastello.it. Pi­azza Castello. M1-M2 Cadorna FN, M1 Cairoli, M2 Lanza. Map E4

Cimitero Mon­u­men­tale

A real out­door mu­seum cater­ing, on the one hand, to the whims of the elite of Mi­lan's so­ci­ety and, on the other, to works of art by fa­mous sculp­tors of var­i­ous eras. Among the no­ta­bles buried here are Alessan­dro Man­zoni and Ar­turo Toscanini. Open Tues-Sun from 8am-6pm. www.co­mune.mi­lano.it. Pi­az­zale Cimitero Mon­u­men­tale. T: 02 88465600. M2-M5 Garibaldi FS, M5 Mon­u­men­tale. Map E1

Duomo

Among one of the most im­por­tant Gothic build­ings in the world, the church, con­structed on and off over a pe­riod of 450 years (be­gun 1386) is the sym­bol of Mi­lan. The cathe­dral is open daily 8am-7pm. The re­cently ren­o­vated Museo del Duomo (10am-6pm) houses hun­dreds of works of art dat­ing from the 15th cen­tury to the present day. MA­JES­TIC TER­RACES To ex­pe­ri­ence the Duomo at its most ma­jes­tic you must as­cend to the roof (either by el­e­va­tor or by steps) where you will be sur­rounded by an out­burst of pin­na­cles and the famed golden “Madon­nina”. www.duo­momi­lano.it. Pi­azza Duomo. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F4 FREE WITH

Gal­le­ria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Gal­le­ria with its el­e­gant, four-storey ar­cade, hous­ing over 55 lux­ury cafés and fa­mous de­signer shops, is covered by a glass bar­rel vault and a beau­ti­ful glass cupola and mea­sures 196 me­tres in length. Tra­di­tion has it that plac­ing your right heel on the bull, de­picted in the mo­saic on the floor, and then spin­ning around in­side it, will bring good luck. Don't miss the Leonardo3-The

World of Leonardo da Vinci ex­hi­bi­tion with new dis­cov­er­ies: codices, ma­chines, paint­ings and draw­ings (from Pi­azza della Scala at the en­trance of the Gal­le­ria. Au­dio guide in Chi­nese, English, French, Ger­man, Ital­ian, Por­tuguese, Rus­sian and Span­ish. Open daily 9.30am-10.30pm. T: 02 49519981. www.leonardo3.net). Map F4

Last Sup­per (The)

One of the most fa­mous attractions in the world, the “Ce­na­colo” by Leonardo da Vinci is a large 15th cen­tury mu­ral paintig rep­re­sent­ing the scene of the last sup­per of Je­sus nar­rated in the Gospel. It can be found in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Reser­va­tion re­quired. www. ce­na­colovin­ciano.net. Pi­azza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2. T: 02 92800360. M1-M2 Cadorna FN, M1 Con­cil­i­azione. Map D4 FREE WITH

Mon­te­napoleone Dis­trict

Mi­lan is known as one of the shop­ping cap­i­tals of the world and via Mon­te­napoleone, to­gether with the Golden Quad is en­tirely given over to lux­ury shop­ping. Here the most im­por­tant fash­ion de­sign­ers of­fer their cre­ations. Don't miss the "Via Mon­te­napoleone Fash­ion Tour" by Zani Vi­aggi (www.zanivi­aggi.it). M3 Mon­te­napoleone, M1 San Ba­bila. Map F4-G4

Navigli Dis­trict

The Navigli are a wide­spread net­work of canals whose his­tory is linked to the ge­nius of Leonardo da Vinci. One of the most vi­brant districts in the city, it boasts small ar­ti­san work­shops and painter's stu­dios rem­i­nis­cent of those found on the left bank in Paris. Don't miss a visit to the new Darsena, re­cently re­newed. Alzaia Nav­iglio Grande, 4. M2 Porta Gen­ova FS. Map E6

Porta Nuova Dis­trict

Three glass tow­ers and a pi­azza el­e­vated six me­tres above the street, near the Garibaldi Rail­way Sta­tion and the ul­tra-trendy Corso Como: the scenic pi­azza Gae Au­lenti is an in­no­va­tive busi­ness hub host­ing new bou­tiques. Via Mel­chiorre Gioia-Corso Como and sur­round­ing area. M2-M5 Garibaldi FS. Map F2

St. Am­brose Basil­ica

One of the most an­cient churches in Mi­lan, it was built by St Am­brose (pa­tron of the city) in 379-386 A.D., in an area where nu­mer­ous mar­tyrs had been buried. The church is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of Ro­manesque style. Free ad­mis­sion. www. basil­i­cas­an­tam­bro­gio.it. Pi­azza Sant'Am­bro­gio, 15. T: 02 86450895. M2 Sant'Am­bro­gio. Map E5

Teatro alla Scala

A few steps from the Duomo, the Teatro alla Scala - de­signed by Pier­marini - was in­au­gu­rated in 1778 with an opera by An­to­nio Salieri. Most of Italy's great­est op­er­atic artists and many of the finest singers from around the world have ap­peared at La Scala dur­ing the past 200 years. Ly­ing ad­ja­cent to the the­atre, the Museo Teatrale ( FREE WITH ) and the

Gal­le­ria Vittorio Emanuele II DUOMO

Duomo

Teatro alla Scala

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