This spellbinding Gothic cathedral is the third biggest in Europe and proudly dominates the piazza in which it stands. A staggering 600 years in the making, this impressive Candoglia marble cathedral boasts an extraordinary pearly white facade, adorned with 135 spires and 3,500 intricately carved statues that wow with their extravagant detail. Take a closer view of the spires and incredible detailed marble figures on the cathedral’s roof, from which you can also enjoy a truly brilliant view of the city. The interior is just as impressive, punctuated by the largest stained-glass window in Christendom.
The Last Supper
Milan’s (and possibly the world’s) most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper can be found hidden away in the refectory adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. The painting depicts the consternation amongst Jesus Christ and his disciples, during which he revealed his awareness of his betrayal by Judas. To view this incredible 15th-century mural, you must book in advance and, due to the fragility of the work, resulting from the technique that Leonardo da Vinci used to achieve this masterpiece, entry is only granted for 15 minutes – but it is so worth it!
For a shopping experience like no other, stroll around the shops in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a soaring arcade of stone, glass and wrought iron that links Piazza del Duomo with La Scala. Opened in 1867 by King Vittorio Emanuele II, this upmarket shopping arcade is the world’s oldest shopping mall and is a brilliant place for some retail therapy. Also, whilst in Milan, a trip to the Gucci shop is a must! Wander along Via Monte Napoleone, the most famous street in Milan’s ‘rectangle of fashion’, and discover Gucci’s flagship store, along with other big fashion houses, including Roberto Cavalli, D&G, Prada, Valentino, Versace and Giorgio Armani.
A trip to the one of the most famous opera stages in the world will certainly not disappoint! Visit ‘the home of opera’ during La Scala’s season, which runs from early December through to July, for truly spectacular shows. If you are visiting out of season then do not worry, as theatre, ballet and concerts are available year-round. There is also a great museum next door that delightfully displays the theatre’s rich history.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Housing Milan’s impressive collection of Old Masters, including many art works lifted from Venice by Napoleon - such as Rubens, Goya and Van Dyck - Pinacoteca di Brera is an art lover’s paradise. Spot masterpieces by iconic Italian artists, including Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto and the Bellini brothers.
British Airways from London Heathrow to Milan.
From London Heathrow to Milan: 1 hour, 55 minutes.
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