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6 Top Attractions in Milan, Italy | Private Jet Charter

Italy’s northern capital is renowned as a global fashion and design centre. As a financial hub – and home to Italy’s stock exchange – Milan has a wealth of high-end retail, Michelin-starred restaurants and thriving cafe culture. From the Duomo di Milano cathedral to the da Vinci’s Last Supper, the art and architecture in the city is unmissable. Milan is also ideally positioned for skiing and snowboarding in the Alps, as well as a day trip to the Italian lake resorts of Lugano and Lake Como.

Here are 6 top Milan attractions:

La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)

Home to the world-famous La Scala Theatre Chorus, the La Scala Theatre Ballet and the La Scala Theatre Orchestra, the works of Verdi and Puccini were first performed here. Built in 1778, La Scala gets its name from the Church of Santa Maria della Scala – upon whose foundations it was constructed. The Museum currently has an exhibition: Maria Callas on Stage: the years at La Scala with photos and costumes of the diva.

Da Vinci’s The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting, his life-size depiction of Jesus and disciples was painted between 1494 and 1498. It’s housed in the refectory at the former Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This huge painting measures 4.6 x 8.8 metres and created in oil paint rather than the watercolour fresco technique of the time.

Pinacoteca di Brera, Brera Art Gallery

This beautiful gallery is housed in the Palazzo Brera, once a Jesuit college, located in the fashionable Brera district. Impressive collections of Venetian and Lombard paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque period are housed in 30 rooms, alongside modern art. Its masterpieces include Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus and The Kiss by Francesco Hayez.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II

Designed by Giuseppe Mengoni, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuale II is named after the former King of Italy and was constructed in 1865. This glass-covered Neo-Classical arcade was created to connect Piazza del Duomo – the square in front of the cathedral – with the Piazza della Scala – the square in front of La Scala opera house. Its four-story double arcade boasts marble floors, glass domed ceilings, and spectacular mosaics. Luxury stores include Prada, Versace and Louis Vuitton. Head to Savini, Il Marchesino, Ristorante Galleria or Ristorante Trussardi alla Scala for superb Italian cuisine.

La Duomo

Centrally located in the Piazza del Duomo, La Duomo, is the fifth largest Christian church in the world. La Duomo contains an astonishing 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures. Pay 10 euros and take the elevator to the spire-laden roof for amazing views of Milan.

Boat tour of the Navigli

Catch a boat ride on Milan’s canals. The Naviglio Grande, which connects the city with Lake Maggiore, opened as a fully navigable waterway in 1272. The area has become quite trendy with art galleries, coffee shops and authentic Milanese restaurants. A walk along the Navigli gives an insight into Milan’s rich industrial heritage as you pass old industrial buildings, bridges and warehouses.

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