Milan: First Time Visit



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Italy's frenetic capital of design, fashion and finance hosts a collection of must do's for the first time visitor: The Duomo, a Gothic masterpiece and one of the largest cathedrals in the world, took some five centuries to complete. Close by is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a Belle Epoque arcade and La Scala, the famous opera house. At the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Italy's finest galleries, you can feast on Bellini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Tintoretto and Veronese. The city's most famous piece of art can be seen at Santa Maria delle Grazie ("Our Lady of Grace"), the famous church and Dominican convent, where Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' is in the refectory of the convent. (Please remember that if you want to see Leonardo's Last Supper, you need to book in advance, because if you don't pre-purchase tickets, you have very little chance of being admitted to view the mural!) Finally for shopping, head for Quadrilatero d'Oro, the Golden Square, one of the world's great shopping areas.

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Author: Adrian Petersen


Day 1 - Milan


This is your first day in Milan so you should relax a little and enjoy the atmosphere close to your chosen hotel. You are only minutes from one of the world's great shopping areas known as the golden square - Quadrilatero d'Oro - bordered by Via Montenapoleone and Via Della Spiga, where the fashion Gods have their temples and within a few steps of three iconic buildings, the Duomo, La Scala and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Start at Piazza Del Duomo and admire the facade of the cathedral, stroll through the Galleria and enter Piazza della Scala where you will find the Museo Teatrale alla Scala. Take a light lunch at Bistrot Duomo on top of the La Rinascente department store and if you still have some energy, climb the stairs to the roof of the Duomo for excellent views over the city. A few strides away is the Palazzo Reale which houses the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cathedral Museum. In the early evening take a stroll or passeggiata back to the Galleria and enjoy a glass of prosecco, al fresco, at one of the Galleria's classic bars and people watch before dinner. Finally select a gelato (ice cream) from the nearby Antica Gelateria del Corso to end your first day in Milan.


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Starhotel Rosa

Location:

P.za Fontana 3
20122 Milan, IT

Contact:

tel: +39 02 8831
fax: +39 02 805 7964
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Location:

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Just off Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala
20121 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 7252 4301


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Piazza del Duomo

Location:

Piazza del Duomo
20121 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 7252 4301


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Bistrot Duomo

Location:

2 Via San Raffaele
La Rinascente
20121 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 877 120
fax: +39 02 877 035


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Santa Maria Nascente (Duomo di Milano)

Location:

Piazza del Duomo, 18
20122 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 7202 2656
fax: +39 02 7202 2419
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Museo Teatrale alla Scala

Location:

Largo Ghiringhelli 1
Piazza Scala
20121 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 2 8879 2473
fax: +39 2 8879 2090
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Palazzo Reale

Location:

12 Piazza del Duomo
20122 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 875672
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Antica Gelateria del Corso

Location:

4 Galleria del Corso
20122 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 7639 0904


Day 2 - Milan


On your second day, explore slightly further a field, not too far, as Milan's main sights are all within easy reach. The Sforzesco Castle is the first port of call followed by the Pinacoteca di Brera famous for its prestigious collections of ancient and modern art. Lunch at Da Claudio and taste the Milanese-style sushi. The afternoon starts with a visit to the church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore with its wonderful frescoes followed by a short taxi ride or metro trip to 10 Corso Como, (a 3 minute walk from Porta Garibadli Station) the final stop of the day. Grouped around a beautiful courtyard, this is one of Milan's most stylish places hosting the Galleria Carla Sozzani, a 3 room hotel, café, restaurant, bookstore plus a design and fashion store.


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Castello Sforzesco

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Location:

Piazza Castello 3
Piazza Castello
20121 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 8846 3700
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Castello (Il)

Location:

16 Via Brera
20121 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 86 2913
fax: +39 2 87 7962


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Da Claudio

Location:

Via Ponte Vetero 16
20121 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 805 6857
fax: +39 02 8646 2215
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Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Location:

15 Corso Magenta
20123 Milan, Italy


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10 Corso Como Café

Location:

Via Como, 10,
10 Corso Como
20154 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 2901 3581
fax: +39 02 2900 0760
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Day 3 - Milan


Today, something a little bit different - a visit to some archaeological remains at the Colonne di S. Lorenzo before heading to the Porta Ticinese, a medieval gateway to the city. Lunch at nearby Trattoria Toscana before exploring the canal area of the city. Milan's history is inherently connected with the system of canals, that wind their way through the whole city. Naviglio Grande is the oldest canal, construction took place from 1177 to 1257 and the canal is some fifty kilometres in length. Originally built as a means of transporting goods, it was also used to carry the marble blocks that were used in the construction of the cathedral. Today amongst the old wash-houses with their wooden beamed roofs there are artisans shops along side boutiques, cafés, restaurants and barges fitted out as bars creating a unique atmosphere. If you are staying in this area for dinner, try Della Mole, a traditional restaurant offering great food in an excellent location.


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Colonne di S. Lorenzo

Location:

39 Corso di Porta Ticinese
20123 Milan, Italy


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Porta Ticinese Medievale

Location:

Corso di Porta Ticinese
20123 Milan, Italy


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Trattoria Toscana

Location:

58 Corso di Porta Ticinese
20123 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 8940 6292
fax: +39 02 8940 9840
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Naviglio Grande

Location:

Alzaia Naviglio Grande 4
20144 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 8940 9971
fax: +39 02 8940 0181
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Delle Mole

Location:

Via Scoglio di Quarto 3
20136 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 832 3810 / +39 33 8788 9407
fax: +39 02 839 5082
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Day 4 - Milan


Now... I hope you bought your tickets! Milan's greatest piece of art, Leonardo's Last Supper, awaits you. Try and arrive 15/20 minutes before your ticket time. Take a taxi or metro (a 10 minute walk from Cadorna station) to the 15th century Renaissance convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Don't forget to view the exquisite cloister by Bramante and remember you only get 15 minutes to see this famed picture. Finally to Peck, by taxi or metro, Milan's best gourmet shop on via Spadari, no.9 (a few minutes from Duomo station). Three floors of mouth watering delicacies and in the basement, a 5000 bottle wine-cellar! A great place to have a coffee and stock up on some Milanese specialties before heading home.

Arreverderci Milano!


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Santa Maria delle Grazie

Location:

Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2
20123 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 8942 1146 / +39 02 467 6111


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Peck

Location:

Via Spadari 9
20123 Milan, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 02 8023161
fax: +39 02 860408
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