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Sweet or savoury, soft or spicy: encountering the flavours of Italian cuisine always stirs deep emotions. Excellent ingredients, age-old traditions and an eye to the future: be it a pizza, a dish of pasta or something else, your senses will always be rewarded. Not the least thanks to the variety of our excellent wines.
Beauty is everywhere in Italy: in landscapes, architecture and villages. An authentic open-air museum which - in turn - contains other museums, parks, archaeological sites and traces of past eras and civilizations. It is at last time again to be able to enjoy all these marvels in maximum safety.
Action, clapper board, adrenaline: put yourself to the test with one of the infinite and exciting experiences you can enjoy in Italy. Unique scenarios - on snow-capped peaks or deep sea beds, through iconic hills or inside natural caves - offer many opportunities for travellers to treat themselves to an... Italian thrill.
Symphonies are not only music, but also something that only certain pristine places can offer the people lucky enough to visit them. In the apparent silence of our enchanting peaks, everyone will find their own melody that they can dance to and regain a free, deep and safe breath of life.
If you love the sea, aim high: Italy has an embarrassment of choice, with coasts and breath-taking bays, cliffs overhanging the sea or white and golden beaches. Along the entire peninsula, as well as the large and small islands, there are unique and perfect scenarios for stays to breathe and relax.
Art has always found its elective home in Italy and over the centuries has expressed infinite variations commissioned by emperors, popes and noble families. This priceless beauty is now within everyone's reach, ensuring unique, meaningful and enriching experiences.
NOT TO BE MISSED: TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN MILANO
What is absolutely not to be missed on your holiday in Milano? Whether it is just for a weekend or for a longer time, be sure to include these 10 attractions on your list!
1. Duomo, Cathedral of Milan
The view from the lofty spires of Milano’s Duomo is an experience you will treasure: the Cathedral brings to life in its smooth marble half a millennium of history, light filtering through from the glass-stained windows to the aisles and the priceless artworks within.
2. Castello Sforzesco
Nowadays the Castello Sforzesco, the city’s former fifteenth-century defensive fortress, is now a place where art can be relished in several first-class museums. The most prized artworks are certainly Leonardo's Sala delle Asse and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini, but many other great Masters are represented. The Castello is also a place to enjoy in the open, pausing to take in the spectacular courtyards, embraced by the massive walls.
3. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The elegance of the Milano Salotto par excellence, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, is a pleasure to walk through without haste, shielded by the glass and steel dome of its central Ottagono, enraptured by the charm of its stylish shop-windows.
4. The Fashion District - Quadrilatero della Moda
The heart of exclusive, high-end shopping in Milano is very close to the city centre - in the area bordered by via della Spiga, via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni and Corso Venezia: most of the designer labels that have made ltalian style and fashion famous all over the world will be found on these streets.
5. Brera Art Gallery
Set in one of the most charming neighbourhoods of the city, the Pinacoteca di Brera belongs to the exclusive club of Europe's premier art galleries: not to be missed are magnificent works by Mantegna, Raphael, Bellini, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio and Hayez, along with many others.
6. Teatro alla Scala
Since 1778, operas and ballets at La Scala have provided exhilarating emotions for enraptured audiences: its famous stage has hosted the greatest conductors and artists - from Arturo Toscanini to Claudio Abbado, on to the magnificent voice of the iconic Maria Callas.
7. Navigli (canals)
The Navigli district is the ideal place for a romantic evening stroll along the city’s waterways, as well as for a monthly visit to the bustling antiques market, or chilling out at one of the many restaurants and bars.
8. Porta Nuova and Corso Como
Milano’s state-of-the-art architecture and its vibrant nightlife scene come together among the skyscrapers of Piazza Gae Aulenti and Corso Como - the perfect place to gaze in awe at the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) tower and enjoy a happy hour with friends.
9. Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
One of the world’s most famous and fascinating paintings - much analysed, admired and often the subject of books and films - Leonardo da Vinci's Cenacolo (The Last Supper) is located in Milano, in the refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
10. Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio
With its four-sided portico welcoming visitors and the evocative remains of its early Christian church, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (St. Ambrose, Patron Saint of the City) is one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy.
THE 10 OPEN-AIR MASTERPIECES IN MILANO
No queues, no tickets, but just the sun and sky in place of lights and backdrops. Does this sound unreal? Well, it is not, and that is why we have put together for you an itinerary allowing for the discovery of 10 not to be missed outdoor masterpieces.
1 - L.O.V.E. in Piazza Affari
L.O.V.E., better known in Milano as the Finger, is a sculpture by the famous Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. His large-scale work stands boldly at the centre of Piazza degli Affari as a symbol of protest, right in front of Palazzo Mezzanotte, home to the Milanese stock exchange. The name is an acronym for Libertà, Odio, Vendetta, Eternità (Freedom, Hate, Revenge, Eternity).
2 - Arco della Pace
It is hard to miss the majestic Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace) standing at the far end of Parco Sempione, creating a place where young people like to hang out in the long summer evenings and socialise with friends.
It was constructed in 1806 to celebrate the marriage of Eugene de Beauharnais - viceroy of Italy and adopted son of Napoleon - with Princess Augusta of Bavaria, to mark the beginning of the road that led to Paris.
3 - Mysterious Baths at the Triennale
Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical artwork Bagni Misteriosi (Mysterious Baths) was created in 1973 for the fountain in the garden of the Palazzo dell'Arte in Parco Sempione and is now restored and permanently exhibited in the Triennale Garden.
4 - Needle, thread and knot
Ago, filo e nodo (Needle, thread and knot) is a sculpture by the famous American Pop artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. This striking and colourful artwork is located in Piazzale Cadorna, a crucial Milanese transport hub, and represents the typical Milanese traits of industriousness and dedication to work.
5 - City Life Contemporary Art Park
ArtLine Milano is an open-air civic art project set within the public park in City Life - the metropolis’ new district where the 3 skyscrapers by star architechts Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Arata Isozaki tower over the skyline. ArtLine is an open-air cultural itinerary exhibiting over twenty permanent works by artists under 40.
6 - Disco Solare, Arnaldo Pomodoro
Disco Solare or Disco Grande is a shimmering 1980 bronze sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro, currently located in Milano’s Piazza Meda. The striking Solar Disc plays with the dynamic contrast between curved lines, straight, rigid lines and the multitude of welded geometric shapes.
7 - Leonardo's Horse
Leonardo's Horse is part of an equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza that Leonardo da Vinci worked on from 1482. Leonardo’s original sculpture was never completed: however, thanks to the Master’s detailed drawings, the Horse was replicated by artist Nina Akamu and is now on display at the Hippodrome.
8 - Monumental Cemetery
Milano’s Cimitero Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery) is one of the most beautiful and majestic areas in the city, an open-air sculpture museum and a tree-lined leafy haven away from the city’s din.
9 - Casa Galimberti
Designed by architect Giovanni Bossi, between 1903 and 1905, Casa Galimberti in via Malpighi (Porta Venezia area) is considered one of the most beautiful buildings of the celebrated Milanese Art Nouveau period. Most of the building’s external facade is adorned with striking majolica tiles, braided wrought iron and concrete floral motifs.
10 - Museum of Young Artists
The Museo Giovani Artisti (Young Artists Museum) at the Idroscalo exhibits sculptures and contemporary environmental art in an open-air public space. This innovative Museum is the brainchild of collaboration between the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, the Friends of the Academy of Brera Association and the Idroscalo.
From one neighborhood to another for an experience of colors, styles, passions, identities - For every corner you think you know there is another to discover.
Milano is a cosmopolitan city at its heart but a multiethnic city at its periphery. Today the Milanese come from all continents: from China and the Philippines, Romania and Albania, Egypt and Tunisia, Peru and Ecuador, Eritrea and Senegal, and many more regions of the world.
Milano can be profitably divided in North, Center and South. The city first developed to the North starting in the late 19th century, which was transformed by the Second Industrial Revolution in electricity and metallurgy, and only in the late 20th century in the still largely rural Southern part of the City. As Milano completed its transition from manufacturing and heavy industry to technology and services in 1980-2000, the old industrial districts across the city were transformed by the construction of new neighborhoods and universities. Before and after EXPO 2015, the city built a whole new skyline of skyscrapers which make Milano one of the most futuristic cities in Europe today, where tradition and innovation, sustainability and solidarity live side by side.
Visitors are likely to zoom into the historic center of Milano, the beautiful and shopping-laden squares and roads between Duomo and San Babila, including the world-famous Via Montenapoleone and the Fashion Quadrangle.
Or visit the Sforza Castle or the Last Supper, and then hang out at Brera or Navigli. But outside the center, Milano hosts a wealth of neighborhoods which contain unexplored treasures and cultural riches. Either in North or South Milano, we’re sure you’ll find something that attracts you in our urban map of the city’s most interesting ‘hoods.
Downtown Milano: The Duomo, the Galleria and Piazza della Scala are essentials of any trip to Milano, but you’ll be spending a lot of time walking along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, a bustling pedestrian and porticoed streed where all the stores of major global brands are located, in addition to movie theaters, department stores, media stores, and lots more.
Once you arrive at Piazza San Babila (M1 S. Babila), take a left and you’ll find the start of via Montenapoleone and the surrounding fashion district (M3 Montenapoleone). If you lose yourself in the internal streets, you’ll discover shops that sell clothes from fashion shows at discounted prices, often visited by fashionable eccentrics in search of new ideas: have fun trying on bizarre garments coming from Milano’s most daring fashionistas!
The Southern half of the city was traversed by canals and dominated by agrarian fields and cottages. Traditionally plebeian and shrouded in fog, this is where the city has expanded the most since the 1980s, with Ticinese and the Navigli emerging as the most popular nightlife destination for Milano’s youth. It is also where the Prada Foundation is located and the most important urban transformation projects are taking place, in the Lodi-Scalo Romana area which will host the Olympic Village and the Rogoredo area which will host the Olympic Hockey Arena for the 2026 Winter Games.
The Navigli are two fresh water canals that enter the city from the South and South-West: the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Pavese, which converge near the Porta Ticinese gate. This is where Milanese and visitors spend their leisure time, around the beautifully renovated Darsena, Milano’s ancient river port.
Northern Milano was formerly industrial and is still more densely inhabited than South Milano.
Although very urban and mostly redeveloped, it is much greener than Central Milano thanks to its old trees, giant parks and cascinas.
North Milano is global wealth and young bohemia, and especially working-class and multiethnic, Arab-Milanese and Chinese-Milanese.
Chinatown and Isola, some of the best parts of the city to spend an evening are in the North, too. And so is the Farini railway yards where a major urban transformation project is transforming the area with a new urban forest.
Milano: modern, classy, beautiful, and a little crazy. It’s the perfect European city.
Everybody knows about Milano being capital of design and fashion, but it’s less appreciated that Milano really is college city.
In fact, there are more than 100,000 out-of-town students living in the city at any given time and this gives Milano much of its youthful energy. The excellence of Milanese universities (in medicine & life sciences, business & economics, engineering & IT, arts & media, etc.) attracts young women and men from the rest of the country and the world. If you are international student wondering which part of the city you'd like to live in, we suggest you go beyond the immediate vicinity of your university campus. Thanks to Milano's fast and reliable public transit system, it is perfectly ok to live in the city periphery. In fact, that's where you are most likely to find the true Milanese spirit in all its multicultural diversity.