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What to do and see in Milan

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Milan, the second largest Italian city, is considered a real European metropolis; is a city of opportunities, the capital of Italian economy and finance, the realm of fashion and Italian design. Moreover, the succession of many cultures, has made the city of Milan, one of the city most interesting in Italy: in the old town is full of neo-Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau (Art Nouveau), as well as after war, Futurism and Rationalism. The city is divided into 20 zones, numerically identified and characterized by its own name; the heart of the city is the Cathedral, the symbol par excellence, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and dominated by its tall spiers of gilded copper on top of which stand out 3,400 statues, including the beloved Madonnina. Next to the cathedral to note are the neoclassical Royal Palace, where there is the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, “the drawing room of Milan”, with shops of the most prestigious brands in the world. Milan in fact incorporates the famous fashion district, known as Paris and New York: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Via Sant’Andrea. The Sforzesco Castle is the historical monument of Renaissance, with the Tower of Filaret and Sempione Park. The Ambrosiana Gallery houses a rich collection of paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael. While, the Brera Gallery houses the masterpieces such as the Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna. And speaking of art, Leonardo da Vinci has left his most important artistic mark only in Milan: the famous Last Supper in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, both World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Teatro alla Scala, the temple of music, built for the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, is the most famous theater in Italy and one of the largest and most recognized in the world. Famous for becoming one of the most fashionable, the Navigli channels can be defined as a bohemian area, full of artists, musicians, politicians and architects; in addition to an area full of bars and trendy restaurants. Finally, for sports enthusiasts there is the famous San Siro stadium, where the derby definitely most anticipated between the two teams Inter and Milan. The rest of the province is rich in treasures to be discovered as castles, villas extraordinary, abbeys and palaces. Among the castles there is at Cassano d’Adda, the castle Borromeo d’Adda, with a long history; at Legnano the castle of San Giorgio, built in the thirteenth century; in Cusago, the Visconti Castle, considered one of the greatest examples of castle architecture of the region. While among the religious buildings not to be missed are the medieval abbeys such as those of Clairvaux and, on a hill overlooking the valley of the Ticino, the Morimondo Abbey.

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