Milan, a journey of history, shopping and art

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The Duomo, the Heaven Side by Stuck in Customs.

When a journey, seeking a destination must encompass many aspects that you want to cover. Undoubtedly, Milan is a city in the world that brings together a range of enticing features for any traveler. The choices are endless, as they may be in one place with the greatest possible opportunity to shop, meet unique works of art and history-laden structures in a culture praised worldwide and also taste the traditional European cuisine which also is the world famous panettone Christmas cake. What do you expect to book a hotel in Milan?.

To locate geographically this city, which is presented as the main northern Italy, we were west of the Lombardy region homonymous plains. It is the capital of the province, which undoubtedly is one of the most developed in Italy. The total population reaches 1,308,735 inhabitants, and captures in an area of 1.982 square kilometers, turn this province is subdivided from 188 communes.  Over the years, Milan has become a tourist destination for many reasons. One is the level acquired in terms of industrialization and commercialization of products primarily aimed at international fashion. In the main street of Milan as they are, Via Manzoni and Napoleon, there were the marks of world-renowned designers (Armani, Gucci, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana). The fashion capital is also home to new designers that form in the prestigious European Institute of Design.

Not only its economic character is dictated by the dress, but by hosting the Milan Stock Exchange, located at Piazza Affari, and administrative site of many multinational firms, with a business district of the largest in the European continent.

Milan a journey of history

Beyond today, it is very interesting also to know the origin, which dates back to Celtic culture in northern Italy, since they were who founded a period close to 600 BC Médehan and named, but who gave the name of Mediolanum ( “In the middle of the plain” in Latin) were the Romans, in conquering almost 400 years later. This name refers to the characteristics of the location and type of soil in the center of a plain at the foot of the Alps. From this derives its current name, Milan, in Italian.

But once you decide to learn more about Milan, appointments are required and many are worth visiting each of the monuments, works, museums and theaters.

First, what captures most important is the visit to the Duomo (Cathedral in Spanish), with a Gothic style, with Gothic face that required a construction time of 500 years, and started work in 1387 led by Simone da Orsenigo, product of a project of an unknown architect. Your majesty, places it in third place worldwide in terms of size is concerned, behind St. Peter’s in Rome and Santiago de Compostela. To get to visit your roof, you must climb hundreds of stairs, and from there you have a wonderful view of the city, while strolling through her hundreds of Gothic pinnacles. Significantly, the diocese of Milan is the largest in the world.

Near the Piazza del Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle, known as the Hall of Milan, there is where the major international fashion shops, cafes and jewelry stores. It has an Italian marble tiled floor full of vivid mosaics where traditional look to find the figures representing the zodiac and is covered with large glass domes in the form of a Latin cross. Tradition says that to make a wish, we must look at the sign of Taurus the bull, while the heel is placed on it must make three turns on the shaft. This gallery was designed in the second half of the nineteenth century by Giuseppe Mengoni.

Galería Vittorio Emmanuelle de Milán by sergutel.

This city is also known for her theater Scala (La Scala), the world’s largest opera which represent the works of Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti. . It has been known as the temple of Italian opera world was built in 1778 to replace one destroyed by fire. The new building is large enough to seat 2000 people, and then was nearly destroyed in WWII by bombing after it was restored and reopened in 1946.

As for artwork, it is essential to highlight one, The Last Supper, the masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo painted the fresco in Santa Maria Grazie church, this church was started by Giovanni Solari in 1463 and transformed in 1492 by Donato Bramante. Of course to see have to make a reservation a few months beforehand, by demand from viewers who leads this work.

Other works that are worth visiting are the Michelangelo, which are exposed in the halls of the residence of the Sforza is known as the Castello Sforzesco. This fort was started by the Visconti in the second half of the fourteenth century and continued into the next century by Francesco Sforza, Lord of Milan. The work was led by Giovanni da Milano and Filarete who built the tower entrance.

Milan’s art galleries are another attraction that no visitor should avoid. The pinoteca di Brera, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Poldi Pezzoli and the galleries of the Musei del Castello, which house a large number of masterpieces of painting. In the case of the Ambrosiana contains the private collection of Cardinal Federico Borromeo, located at the seventeenth century. The Brera was opened in 1809 in the large building that also houses the Academy of Art. Poldi-Pezzoli Museum was founded in the second half of the nineteenth century by the will of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli who donated his art collection to the city.

Milan a shopping and art

Valsecch Bagatti Museum, another place worth visiting is a nineteenth century house inspired Lombard Cinquecento palaces, decorated with objects and Italian Renaissance furniture. Of the more possibilities and the broadest spectrum as art, architecture, culture and history are concerned, can be located in one place on the map.

Bon Voyage!

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