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Welcome to Milan, the world design, arts and architecture capital. The city offers several itineraries that can be crossed on foot in a few minutes from Piazza Duomo and Rinascente.
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Milano is the city of fashion, business and design. But it is also a place full of hidden treasures awaiting to be discovered. This itinerary in 10 steps will lead you to places telling stories and unveiling secrets. Whether you are a citizen or a new comer on a tight schedule, you can experience an authentic touch of this frenzy city.

1 MINUTE

• Duomo Cathedral – Milan’s cathedral is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the world and the symbol of Milan.
www.duomomilano.it
Piazza Duomo. M1-M3 Duomo

n.1THE LIBERTY STATUES ON THE DUOMO FACADE – The Duomo has about 3400 statues! There are monsters and children, Saints and martyrs. Above the main entrance on the left you can see a liberty statue by C. Pacetti, 1810. French sculptor F.A. Bartholdi took inspiration for his Liberty Statue donated to New York City in 1885.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – An elegant four-storey arcade housing luxury cafés and designer shops known as the “living room” of the Milanese.
Piazza Duomo-Piazza della Scala. M1-M3 Duomo

Palazzo Reale – One of the most important cultural centres in the city, hosting exhibitions of international renown.
www.comune.milano.it/palazzoreale
Piazza Duomo, 12. M1-M3 Duomo

Museo del Novecento/Palazzo Arengario – Four hundred masterpieces of Italian and international 20th century art at one of Milan’s newest museums.
www.museodelnovecento.org
Piazza Duomo. M1-M3 Duomo

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3 MINUTES

Teatro alla Scala/Museo Teatrale alla Scala – The premiere Opera House making history since 1778. The Museo Teatrale alla Scala is dedicated to the history of the theatre with a vast collection of musical instruments and documents.
www.teatroallascala.org
Via Filodrammatici, 2-Piazza della Scala. M1-M3 Duomo-M3 Montenapoleone

• Gallerie d’Italia-Piazza della Scala/Cantiere del ‘900 – An architectural complex recently transformed into an exhibition venue in the heart of Milan, devoted to 19th and 20th centuries masterpieces.
www.gallerieditalia.com
Piazza della Scala, 6. M1-M3 Duomo

n.2PIAZZA DEI MERCANTI – Piazza dei Mercanti is the medieval Stock Exchange Market. It is one of the oldest part of town almost above the crossing of cardo and decumano. Under the arcade there is a game that two people can play: each has to stand inside facing the colomn on the corner, if you wisper, the person standing on the diagonal opposite side will hear you.

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5 MINUTES

• Montenapoleone district – Milan’s Luxury Fashion District and one of the most prestigious precincts in the city.
M1 San Babila, M3 Montenapoleone

n.5PINK FLAMINGOES IN THE GARDEN AND OTHER ODDITIES – Very close to Quadrilatero della Moda, in via Cappuccini 3 there is a palace where a colony of pink flamingoes lives free in the garden with ducks and peacocks. Across the road, in via Serbelloni 10, there is a mad doorbell: a bronze ear, sculpture by Adolfo Wildt (1868-1913).

Ambrosiana, Art Gallery and Library – Exhibition of several works of art from the 15th through 17th centuries plus Leonardo’s “Codex Atlanticus”, the biggest world collection of the Tuscan genius. The Codex is on show also at the Bramante sacristy (Santa Maria delle Grazie church, 8.30am-7pm).
www.ambrosiana.it
www.leonardo-ambrosiana.it
Piazza Pio XI, 2. M1-M3 Duomo

St. Ambrose Basilica – One of the most ancient churches in Milan, it was built by St Ambrose (patron of the city) in 379-386 A.D., in an area where numerous martyrs had been buried. The church is a wonderful example of Romanesque style.
www.basilicasantambrogio.it
Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, 15. M2 Sant’Ambrogio

n.3PALAZZO DELLA BORSA DI MILANO AND THE ROMAN THEATRE – Palazzo Mezzanotte is the headquarter of Milano Stock Exchange. In the main square L.O.V.E. libertà, odio, vendetta, eternità (freedom, hate, revenge, eternity) by M. Cattelan. On the left handside of the building a plaque reveals presence of the roman theatre buried under the building. To book: teatroromano@mi.camcom.it or phone 02.85155108-4386 (Mon 9.30am-12.30am). Entrance from Palazzo Turati, via Meravigli.

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10 MINUTES

Castello Sforzesco – A 15th century seat for Milan’s ducal family. Today, its museums contain masterpieces by famed artists.
www.milanocastello.it
Piazza Castello, 1. M1-M2 Cadorna FN, M1 Cairoli, M2 Lanza

Ospedale Maggiore – Ca’ Granda – Founded by Francesco Sforza in the middle of the 15th century, it now houses the “Università degli Studi di Milano”.
www.unimi.it
Via Festa del Perdono. M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Missori

n.7CRIPTA SAN GIOVANNI IN CONCA – In piazza Missori there are roman remains of a paleochristin Basilica. Frederick Redbeard destroied the orginal building and this is the remaining of a medioeval recontraction. It then became a mausoleum for the Visconty family, Lords of Milano from Middleages to Reinassance. Open Tues-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm.

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15 MINUTES

“The Last Supper” at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie – Leonardo da Vinci’s mural painting is one of the most famous attractions in the world.
www.cenacolovinciano.net
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2. M1-M2 Cadorna FN, M1 Conciliazione

n.4SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE – If you will visit Leonardo da Vinci “Last Supper” and Santa Maria delle Grazie, you have to walk around the corner to see the cloister on the back of the Basilica, it will take your breath away in any season.

Triennale di Milano – One of the most popular exhibition centres in the city which owns a permanent collection of design works at the Triennale Design Museum.
www.triennale.it
Viale E. Alemagna, 6. M1-M2 Cadorna FN

Brera District – One of the city’s most vibrant districts known for its bohemian atmosphere and trendy nightlife. Brera is home to the Accademia di Belle Arti with the Pinacoteca, the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, the Museo Astronomico and the Orto Botanico.
Via Brera and surrounding areas. M2 Lanza

n.6ORTO BOTANICO DI BRERA – In the heart of Brera District, behind the famous Pinacoteca, lies the garden of Eden. It is the Botanic Garden that Maria Teresa d’Austria wanted in 1774. It is tiny but hosts a great varity of species including big trees. The best way to reach is from in via Gabba, next to Bulgari Hotel.

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20 MINUTES

Porta Nuova Area – A new, exclusive urban space between Corso Como and Porta Garibaldi with a scenic square and an innovative business hub. The area is growing rapidly, its skyline shaped up by new skyscrapers.
M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Missori

Città Studi – The Polytechnic University District Piazza Leonardo da Vinci is encircled by the academic style buildings of the “Politecnico di Milano” which, this year, celebrates its 150th anniversary. Several architectural jewels are mostly concentrated in the district of Lambrate.
www.polimi.it
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci. M1 Piola

Navigli district – One of the main magnets for the city’s creative set near the network of canals perfected in 1457 by Leonardo da Vinci. A series of factory buildings in via Savona-Tortona houses galleries, showrooms, design and fashion exhibitions.
M2 Porta Genova FS

n.8COLONNE DI SAN LORENZO – In front of Basilica of S.Lawrence there is a rare remind of roman splendour: Colonne di San Lorenzo, probably part of a temple. 16 columns with Corinthian capitals stand 10 metres high on corso di Porta Ticinese 39. There were outside the roman walls and only in medioeval times they were part of the city.

n.9VICOLO DEI LAVANDAI – Walk along the Naviglio Grande until you reach a low shed. This is where women used to do the washing for the wealthy people before Laundryshops were available. The nearby restaurant used to be a soap store, if you get read of the bar counter and the dining tables you can breath an ancient atmosphere.

n.10CHIUSA DELLA CONCHETTA (NAVIGLIO PAVESE) – On the Naviglio Pavese there is a close that is still on dity, despite the fact that there is no more navigation. It is nice to walk all the way down and suddently hear the unusual noise of flushing waters.The close is perfectly functioning but no one is there for practical demonstration, so you have to use your imagination.

Central Station – The largest rail hub in Italy, Stazione Centrale is also an impressive work of architecture due to its uncommon mixture of styles, ranging from Art Nouveau to Déco.
Piazza Duca d’Aosta. M1-M3 Centrale FS

Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (San Siro) – The football temple of the city and the largest stadium in Italy (85.000 seats). It also has a gift shop and a Museum displaying all kinds of historic items from both Milanese football clubs, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale (Inter).
www.sansiro.net
Piazzale A. Moratti. M1 Lotto

Monumental Cemetery – The burial place of famous citizens and an open-air museum due to the majesty of its artworks and sculptures.
www.monumentale.net
M2 Porta Garibaldi FS

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