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What You Should Know More About Milan
· There are certain local rules and traditions applicable in every country, make sure you adhere to it.
· Do not indulge in any fight or brawl with any individual.
· Do not flaunt your valuables in a public space.
· Make sure you are always alert and active.
· Gather enough information about every destination you are traveling to.
· Avoid undertaking a hike to an unknown destination.
· Do not leave your valuables or cash in the hotel room.
· Keep away from the touts.
· Do not get involved in drugs of any forms.
· If you come across any foreigner in torn clothes or anyone who seems suspicious to you, make sure you avoid eye contact and try and get away from that situation.
· In case ever need any help, be gentle and seek help from the locals.
· To better interact with the locals, it is important for you to learn few words from the local language.
· Always take a room in the hotel that is known and famous.
· Make sure your hotel is not located in any shady area.
· Do not click pictures in an area that forbids you from taking pictures.
· Do not film or shoot any area without legal permissions from the authority.
The legal age for drinking in Milan is 16 years.
Il Duomo or the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente is a huge cathedral which is also amongst the world’s largest and the magnificent churches. It is an epitome of the Flamboyant Gothic style. The cathedral’s construction began in the 14th century however the façade was not completed until the early 1800s. Its dim interior is in striking contrast to the richly patterned exterior which makes a magnificent impression 52 gigantic pillars. It is a great tourist attraction in Milan.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Luxury Shops and Elegant Cafés
With Piazza del Duomo on side and opening of the Piazza della Scala on the other, the exquisite Galleria Vittorio Emanuele has built between 1865 and 1877. It is designed by Giuseppe Mengoni and back then it was the largest shopping arcade in Europe. It has a dome that goes up to a height of 48 meters and lies up the mosaic floor. With this, there was the marking of the modern architecture in Italy. At present, it stands as one fine examples of the 19th century industrial glass and iron construction. This is just one beautiful and vibrant place where the locals can come here for a coffee or a lunch in the elegant cafes. You can explore the luxury shops too here. This is one of the best sightseeing attraction of Milan.
Opera at Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala is considered as the most magnificent opera house in the world. It has rung with the music of all the renowned operatic singers and composers along with its audiences. The theatre is accommodating and can seat about 2800 people and are known or other feared as the most demanding city of Italy. This festival begins in December and goes on till May however the tickets are usually difficult to come by. Most efficient way of getting the ticket is via your hotel concierge however it is worth checking at the box office. In the same building lies the Museo Teatrale alla Scala where you can find a collection of costumes from the historical as well as personal mementos of the guests who performed as well as who works were performed at La Scala. Some of the guests whose works can be seen here include the Rossini, Verdi as well as the great conductor Arturo Toscanini. Is is one if the best places to see in Milan.
Castello Sforzesco is held by the Sforza families and the Visconti who ruled Milan from 1450 to 1535 and 1277 to 1447 respectively. Castello houses the Musei del Castello Sforzesco which is a series of museums. One of this also features a sculpture. The collection also includes Pietà Rondanini which is a masterpiece by Michelangelo. In fact this is Michelangelo's last masterpiece that was brought here from the Palazzo Rondanini in Rome in the year 1953. Besides this, the other museums feature a prehistoric and Egyptian antiquities, collection of decorative art, an armory of weapons, a collection of musical history and medieval armour. The picture gallery includes paintings by Mantegna, Bellini, Lotto, Correggio, Tintoretto, Antonello da Messina, Bergognone and Foppa. Between the two rear courtyards of the Castello there lies a passage which leads you to the park. It was originally the Garden of the Dukes of Milan. Later it became a training ground for the military.
Milan is a city deep rooted in culture and history. It is one city that really knows how to party. The cold weather of the city doesn’t hinder with the mood of Milan. If you are traveling to Milan around the holiday season or in the beginning a months of the year, you’ll find huge celebrations that you’ll remember for the years to follow.
You can attend:
Carnevale: Carnevale is usually held during the two week period before Lent. It is more so a replica of the Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. This is one colourful celebration which boasts of intricate costumes, masks, parties and pastries.
Festa di Sant’Ambrogio: Festa is housed in the Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio. The festival is celebrated in early December and more so celebrates St. Ambrose who is the patron saint of Milan. During the festival you can find arts and crafts, local food as well as drinks in the streets encompassing the Duomo di Milano’s piazza.
Attending the above listed festivals is the most important thing to do in Milan.
Luxurious Shopping Destinations
Milan is a home to the Fashion Week as well as some of the globally recognized labels and designers. It is indeed a hub of shopping. If you are planning to explore the top rated shopping centres here, it is advisable for you to pack light stuff.
Best places to shop include:
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: The Galleria is the world’s oldest shopping center. Positioned rightly between the La Scala Theatre and the Duomo, the rich detaining in the architecture is rivalled only by the luxurious labels that are found in the interior. Given the dozens of renowned restaurants and shops, you can spend your afternoon at this crater.
Via Monte Napoleone: In the winter months, the street is brimming with boutiques and luxury shops which are decorated with holiday décor and lights. If you cannot shop, window shopping too can be one helluva experience here. However, if you are looking for bargain shopping and sales, you can plan a visit after the holidays as during this time the winter and fall items are often marked down.
Endless Ski Slopes
Milan is located in close proximity to the Alps. Naturally, snowboarding or skiing experience down some of most prominent mountains of the world is only a short drive away from here. Pack your bags and hit the slopes to make memories that will last with you much longer than the chill.
Courmayeur: If you are an intermediate skier, you can go to Cormayeur. It offers miles of courses and scenic views of the city. Besides skiing, adventure enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as paragliding, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Livigno: Livigno is nestled in the heart of the Alps. It is quickly becoming a coveted destination for all the young adventure seekers. Tax free shopping on site offers an additional bonus for visiting this location.
Museums, Masterpieces and Music
Famed across the globe for history, architecture, culture and renaissance artwork, Milan houses one of the most awe inspiring and breath taking works of art. Just dodge the sweltering heat of the summer and the vacation crowds and plan a visit during the winter months.
La Scala: Teatro alla Scala was opened in the year 1778. It has housed an umpteen number of operas and ballets. Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake are just some of the performances that you can find at this historic theatre. So, if you are here in Milan in winters, you can avoid the chilly outdoor temperature by spending a night in the theatre. Do check out the calendar of events so that you can plan your trip accordingly.
The Last Supper: It is a 15th century master piece. Painted by Leonardo da Vinci, it is known by the Italians as the Cenacolo or L’Ultima Cena. You can find this at the Santa Maria delle Grazie. This iconic piece of art is known to attract a huge number of people on annual basis. It is recommended for you to purchase the tickets way ahead of time to ensure that you get more time for viewing.
Duomo di Milano: Duomo presents to you an epitome of Gothic architecture. It took about 6 centuries for completion. You’ll be amazed to see the elaborate stained glass, marble and gold found at this cathedral.
Website: Official Website
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