The triumphant arch, built under the rule of Napoleon in 1807 by architect Luigi Cagnola, beautifully frames the entrance to Milan’s largest public park. The Arch of Peace lies on the southern edge of sprawling Sempione Park.
One of the most ancient churches in Milan, this basilica was built under St. Ambrose in 379–386. Rebuilt in the 11th century, it became the model for all Romanesque churches. Must-sees: Crypt of St. Ambrose, Golden Altar, Sarcophagus of Stililchone.
The city’s former power hub is one kilometre northwest of the Duomo. Built in the 14th century by the Visconti family, the castle was converted into a cultural treasure-house around 1900. Its 12 museums and archives cover art from ancient times to the Renaissance.
The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, completed in 1497, is an outstanding work of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It is known around the world for the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
Milan’s magnificent Gothic cathedral is the third-biggest church in Europe (after St Peter’s in Rome and the Seville Cathedral). It took five centuries to complete the famous cathedral. Do not miss the magnificent view from the roof, accessible by lift or stairs.
One of the wolrd’s oldest shopping malls, the Galleria was built by a British firm and named after King Vittorio Emanuele II in 1867. Today the Galleria contains luxury retailers selling haute couture, jewellery, books and paintings; as well as restaurants, cafés and bars.
The Palazzo Reale has ancient origins, and its history is bound with that of Milan and of the families who governed the city. Today the former royal palace houses expositions and a cultural centre of 7,000 m2.
Brera Art Gallery houses one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy, with over 500 works dating from the 14th-20th century. Open to the public since 1809, it is situated in a beautiful 17th-century building.
Known simply as 'the home of opera', La Scala opened in 1778 with a performance of Antonio Salieri's Europa Riconosciuta. La Scala has been the scene of many famous opera premieres, among them: Bellini's Norma,Verdi's Otello and Falstaff, and Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Turandot.