Top 10 Things To Do In Milan

Here are ten worthwhile things to see and do on your visit to Milan.

Milan is a vibrant, energetic city offering a variety of activities to suit the tastes of any traveler. This metropolitan city is burgeoning with a wealth of fashion, economic, research, artistic, and social opportunities. Any tourist who comes to visit will find numerous things to do and see. Here are highlights of ten attractions that will allow you to sample Milan's best.

1. Duomo - The Duomo is the city's most famous landmark and a sight that you definitely don't want to miss. This ornate cathedral reigns as an architectural beauty with its rose marble spires and stunning stained-glass windows.

2. LaScala - This is yet another famous landmark. Here you can visit the large opera house - Teatro all Scala to view special exhibits, or to attend a ballet, opera or other theatrical experiences.

3. Giardini Pubblici/The Public Gardens - Designed back in the late 1700's, these beautiful park gardens provide breathtaking views. Another welcome addition to the park is the Boschetti, or the little woods. The park includes refreshments and snacks, miniature trains, and bumper cars for entertainment. An additional bonus is the free admission!

4. Milan Markets - Avid shoppers won't want to miss out on a trip to one of Milan's many mercados. The Mercatone dell'Antiquario del Naviglio Grande is an antique market featuring over 400 merchants selling everything from books to furniture. The Mercato di Vivale Papiniano is one of Milan's largest markets and is filled with bargains. This market is known for it terrific fashions, most notably its shoes.

5. Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecina 'Leonardo Da Vinci (The Science and Technology Museum) This museum houses the world's best scientific and technological collections including a separate area known as the Leonardo Da Vinci Gallery, which of course showcases the inventor's great ideas.

6. S. Maria delle Grazie - In this gothic church, you can view Leonardo DaVinci's renowned masterpiece, "The Last Supper." There are also beautiful religious mosaics made from the Vatican school, and the altar where Padre Pio (a well known Catholic saint) said mass, stands in the middle of the presbytery.

7. Castello Sforzesco - No trip to an old European city would be complete without a visit to one of its oldest castles. Originally built by the Viscontis and Sforzas, Castle Sforzesco has been rebuilt several times throughout history. Many exquisite art collections can be found inside these palatial walls including the art of Michelangelo, tapestries, and century old costumes.

8. Lago d'Orto - Cited by many as "one of the most romantic Italian lakes," this lovely lake is a great place to collect your thoughts. Linger for a while and take in the beautiful serene scenery, or head on over to San Guilio, a nearby, old town built around the lake. The nostalgic charm of old Italian traditions offer a welcome respite as you stroll along this quaint little town.

9. Corso Di Porta Romana - A walk through this ancient Roman gate will lead you into many culturally rich attractions, including the renowned University Bocconi, a well-established business university, and the Parco Ravizza, a garden park.

10. Just Cavalli Cafe - You may want to end your sojourn with a fashionable and sophisticated evening at the Just Cavalli Cafe, owned by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli. At this posh and chic cafe, you can enjoy the fine interior showcasing Cavalli's design. You may find yourself in the company of a number of celebrities who often visit there.

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