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Top Sights and Attractions in Milan

Milan features a wide range of attractions to suit the tastes of all tourists. Its old and impressive structures however, belong to the most visited landmarks of the city. The imposing Duomo Cathedral dating back to late 14th Century and Santa Maria delle Grazie church where da Vinci painted his major masterpiece – 'Last Supper' are always bursting with tourists from all over the world. Another interesting building is the Castello Sforzesco – a castle built for the protection of the city in 1368, but the castello too, will most likely be crowded. To have a little bit of peace and quiet after a day of sightseeing, head to one of Milan's parks such as the Giardini Pubblici or Castello Sforzesco, where you will have the opportunity to contemplate the beauty of Milan's heritage.


 
Teatro alla Scala
Address: Via Filodrammatici 2
  Phone: +39 2 7200 3744
 
Website: http://www.teatroallascala.org  
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Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10 -18  
The Teatro alla Scala is a symbol of Milan - a city famous for high fashion, celebrities, glamorous parties and some of the world’s best operatic performances. Its major opera house, La Scala, as the Milanese have dubbed it, still follows the vision of its founder, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and sets the trends in the realm of classical music. Designed by architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the building is an imposing Neo-Classical structure and one of the city’s most frequently visited landmarks. La Scala was inaugurated in 1778 with the staging of Salieri's opera entitled ‘L'Europa Riconosciuta’.
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Tempio della Vittoria
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Tempio della Vittoria
Address: Piazza Sant'Ambrogio
 
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Tempio della Vittoria is a marble memorial located opposite the barracks of Garibaldi. Inaugurated on November 4, 1928, on the 10th anniversary of Vittorio Veneto, it commemorates Milanese residents who perished in WWI. The memorial was a controversial issue since the earliest days of the project, prepared by Giovanni Muzio in collaboration with the team of Ottavio Cabiati, Alberto Alpago Novello, and Giò Ponti.
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Corso Vittorio Emmanuele
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Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, by Anthony Majanlahti
 
Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II
 
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele represents the most popular covered shopping street in Milan. Situated behind the Cathedral of Milan, it connects the Piazza Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala. Flanked by modern porticoes, this walking passage offers the greatest selection of stores and boasts the second largest pedestrian precinct in the city centre. It has a modern design with two glass-vaulted arcades, crossing in an octagon. Even on rainy days Corso Vittorio Emanuele is very convenient for shopping - providing shelter and a cosy ambience for shoppers.
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Duomo Square in Milan
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Piazza Duomo
Address: Piazza Duomo
 
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Piazza Duomo is the major square in Milan and one of the most renowned tourist sites in Italy’s capital of fashion and business. It features the Duomo Cathedral, Royal Palace and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is located in the city centre and is easily reached by the metropolitan railway. At the square you can visit luxurious shops and charming restaurants with inviting settings and excellent cuisine.
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Biblioteca Ambrosiana
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Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Address: Piazza Pio XI 2
  Phone: +39 02 80 69 21
  e-mail: info@ambrosiana.it  
Website: http://www.ambrosiana.it/ing/index.asp  

Biblioteca Ambrosiana is one of the oldest libraries in Milan. It's also home to an art gallery called Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. The name of the library comes from St Ambrose – the patron saint of the city of Milan.
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Milan Duomo
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Duomo Cathedral in Milan
Address: Piazza del Duomo
  Phone: +39 2 8646 3456
  e-mail: museo@duomomilano.it  
Website: http://www.duomomilano.it/  

Situated in Piazza Duomo, Milan’s main square, Duomo is famous as one of the largest Catholic cathedrals in the world, second only to the Cathedral of Seville. It is 157 meters long and has space for 40,000 people. The American writer and journalist Mark Twain, impressed by the edifice’s grandeur, included a rapturous description of the Duomo Cathedral in his ‘Innocents Abroad’. Today this Gothic cathedral still stands as the symbol of Milan and arguably its most renowned landmark that continues to awe travellers with its timeless beauty.
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Arena Civica
Address: Viale G. Byron 2
  Phone: +39 2 34 1924
 
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Milan’s premier event venue, Arena Civica, was designed in the neo-Classical style by the architect Luigi Canonica in 1805. It’s situated in the north-eastern corner of the Parco Sempione. It’s location was a deliberate choice – in close proximity to the reconstructed Castello Sforzesco, the Arena Civica was devised as a permanent ground for major festivities and celebrations. The arena was built using materials taken from the ruins of the castle. Modelled after Roman amphitheatres, it features an elliptic floor framed by four main gates.
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Naviglio della Martesana
Address: Via Tirano - Via Tofane
 

The Naviglio della Martesana was commissioned by Filippo Maria Visconti in 1457. the chief purpose of the canal was to provide the fields of the area with water. Later, it was also used as a method of transportation between Milan and Bergamo, Brescia, and the Adda Valley. A project prepared by Leonardo da Vince helped to overcome the 20-metre difference inheight between Milan and the River Adda. The great Renaissance polymath devised a system using locks and natural basins. At Trezzo, the waters of the Adda were directed towards Milan, into the Scaritore Canal, and then through the Redefossi Canal into the River Lambro south of the capital of Lombardy.
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