Milan is one of Italy’s most popular, not to mention populated, cities. Having been recognized as one of the world’s premier cities for fashion, opera and art, it is no wonder why Milan is considered a necessary stop on any Italian tour. There is a lot to see, from the La Scala Opera house for music, to the Duomo cathedral for architecture, to the Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle for shopping. Milan is spoiled with attractions, but what you may not know is that the city has a great deal to offer in the way of museums.
1. The Last Supper, (Santa Maria Delle Grazie)Il Cenacolo, Santa Maria Delle Grazie
Of course, Leonardo Da’Vinci’s masterpiece is not to be missed on your trip to Milan. This world famous fresco draws thousands upon thousands of visitors a year. Each visitor is allowed 15 minutes to view the painting; however, don’t let this time constraint fool you. It is no easy task to secure this ticket as it is the most sought after in all of Italy. If you do not pre-book tickets (sometimes months in advance) before your trip, you may wait in line for several hours, if you are allowed in at all.
2. The Brera Gallery, (Pinacoteca di Brera)The Kiss, Pinacoteca di Brera
The Brera Gallery boasts one of the most prestigious art collections in the world and should be a definite stop on your visit to Milan. The works of such masters as Caravaggio, Raphael and Bellini are featured here. The ex-monastery retained the collection after Napoleon was defeated instead of returning the works to their countries of origin. The original patrons thought it best to share the gallery with the community, and so the it remains to this day.
3. Sforza Castle Art Gallery (Castello Sforzesco)Castello Sforzesco at night
This castle, built in 1450, was the residence and seat of the Duchy of Milan and one of the largest citadels in Europe at that time. Today, the castle houses several art galleries and museums. The structure itself is worth a visit, as it is emblematic of the era’s architecture. Some rooms retain their original interior decor, including the Sala Dela Asse, which features the original ceiling paintings by Leonardo Da’Vinci. The castle is home to several other museums, including; The Museum of Ancient Art, The Furniture Museum, The Museum of Musical Instruments and the Applied Arts Collection, The Egyptian and Prehistoric sections of the Archaeological Museum and the Achille Bertarelli Print Collection.
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