Italy’s financial heart and the home of the national stock exchange is also a global fashion capital...
... and the place where you’ll find Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, one of the world’s greatest cathedrals and many of its finest art collections. And then there’s football, making Milan a contender for the most multi-talented of modern cities.
Duomo di Milano
Impossible to miss, one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals dominates Milan to such an extent that the city centre is simply called Duomo. Entry is free, but do pay the small fee to climb up to the roof with its splendid views.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Milan is synonymous with both lavish architecture and high fashion, and the two merge extravagantly at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Opened in 1877, Europe’s oldest shopping mall is a permanent fixture on any city tour, as much for the building as the designer stores.
One of the city’s most imposing buildings has medieval origins but was infamously remodelled by Napoleon Bonaparte then damaged during WWII. Restored to its 14th-century glory, it’s now home to the Museo d’Arte Antica, as well as the Pietà Rondanini, Michelangelo’s last known work.
The Last Supper
This best-known Leonardo da Vinci fresco was painted between 1495 and 1497 on the refectory wall of Santa Maria delle Grazie. You can still see the mural today, but it’s famously fragile, so viewing is restricted to 15 minutes and must be booked in advance.
Teatro alla Scala
La Scala Milan is Italy’s oldest opera house and the one on which many European theatres have been modelled since the 18th century. Even if you aren’t an opera lover, a tour of the building is fascinating, as is a look around the Museo Teatrale alla Scala – a museum of costumes, set designs, historic musical instruments and much more besides.