Guided Tours in Milan
Discovering Milan's Masterpieces
Discovering Milan's MasterpiecesIn spite of its bustling, modern incarnation as the fashion and business capital of Italy, Milan offers enchanting treasures from its glorious past. Founded by the Gauls in the 4th century BC, the ancient city of Mediolanum was named after its strategic position in the middle of a fertile plain. From Roman domination to recent times, wealthy clients and important artists have left countless vestiges of their power and taste. First stop on our itinerary is Leonardo's Last Supper, considered a highlight of Italian Renaissance painting due to its artistic, theological, and scientific implications. A fifteen-minute walk takes us to the Sforzesco Castle with its unforgettable skyline and beautiful courtyards. It was the residence of the Sforza dukes in the 15th century and now houses the Sculpture Museum. Here we can admire Michelangelo's final work, the touching Rondanini Pieta, on which he was working the week he died. Downtown, the majestic Late Gothic Duomo enchants with its marble-encrusted facade and fabulous spires. The huge square in front of the Cathedral is flanked on the right by the porticoes of Vittorio Emanuele II Arcade. The cast-iron and glass dome of the gallery shelters the luxurious cafes and shops within. The Arcade leads to La Scala opera house, probably the most famous theater in the world. Unless a rehearsal is taking place, it is possible to visit the wonderful neoclassical interior and museum, which displays unique memorabilia of the performing arts from all periods.
From $335.00 Per Group
L'Atelier Sangalli: High Fashion Dreams in Milan
L'Atelier Sangalli: High Fashion Dreams in MilanFor those looking to cultivate their inner fashionista, a visit to the L'Atelier Sangalli is an extraordinary experience not to be missed. No place else in Milan can you find a fully functioning workshop of haute couture where accomplished seamstresses are busy working at early 20th century, pedal-operated sewing machines, using techniques from the 1950s to create handcrafted clothing with a contemporary air (young designer Federico Sangalli calls this place his "Factory of Dreams"). Throughout this approximately 2-hour tour, visitors are introduced to a distinctive method of clothing production that has nothing in common with the mass-produced fashion sold all over the world today. Here, on the seventh floor of a building on the corner of Piazza San Babila, Milanese high society women come to be fitted in made-to-measure confections where the beading, lace, embroidery, and even the buttonholes are all made by hand. The mannequins are old school, too, not to mention sized to each client's body. After learning about the history of Sangalli, and seeing its vintage showroom and workshop, it's time for a question and answer session with one of the stylists. You can ask whatever your heart desires: for example, how much does one of these remarkable dresses cost?
From $560.00 Per Group
Style & Substance: Shopping for the Best of Milan
Style & Substance: Shopping for the Best of MilanFashion-forward Milan was recently cited by the New York Times as one of "The 41 Places to Go in 2011" and no visit to the Lombard capital is complete without a bit of retail therapy! From designer boutiques to handcrafted jewelry to elegant home furnishings, Milan supplies the discerning shopper with the very best quality goods. Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via Torino and the small niche streets that only a true Milan shopaholic might know are included on this entertaining half-day or full-day tour. Choose the option that is best for you. Our professional shoppers have an intimate knowledge of the city -- its best shopping districts, its new designers, its clothing houses and boutiques -- and they will customize an itinerary just for you. Tell us exactly what you're looking for, or have our guides design an itinerary based on a certain style, theme or item. They will be glad to help you pinpoint the best places to purchase what you desire. This is shopping at its finest -- sophisticated, stylish and oh so Italian!
From $746.00 Per Group