Milan has a lot to offer. It is home to the Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, the Castello Sforzesco, La Scala Opera, high end fashion, and one of the most impressive Cathedrals anywhere, Duomo di Milano.
I have been to Milan numerous times in different decades. It is a walkable large city. The last time, we made a short train trip from Lake Como and stayed overnight so that we could get up early the next day and see the da Vinci’s Last Supper. We stayed at hotel right next to the Duomo. The room was clean, comfortable and cost was reasonable.
The Duomo’s actual name is Basilica Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Nascente ( Metropolitan Basilica of the Nativity of Saint Mary). The Duomo is an imposing Gothic church. It has been under construction and renovation since the 14th century. The building is over 105 meters (350 feet) tall at its tallest point. There is an elevator to the top. Three of the photos in our travelphoto411 gallery were taken at the rooftop. From the rooftop, you can also see many of the other sites and get a perfect view of the Piazza Del Duomo (Cathedral Square).
The interior of Duomo is very simple by comparison to other large cathedrals such as Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. One point of interest of many tourists is the statue of Saint Bartolemo wearing his skin! That is probably the most photographed feature of the basilica’s interior.
The large piazza was created by demolishing everything in the area including two older churches. Adjacent to the Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Victor Emmanuel II Galleria in English) finished in 1877. It is in the same style as many of the other 19th century contemporary buildings in other parts of Europe. This is one of the grandest spaces anywhere. Take a nice walk through the galleria to get to the high-end stores at the heart of the Milan’s fashion district. You can also walk to the La Scala Opera where a statue of Leonardo da Vinci stands in a square right in front.
In the square there is also a statue of Victor Emmanuel II who united the modern Italy. In addition to tourists resting at the statue pedestal, there are many pigeons. The statue is a great meeting spot for walking tours. Make some time to visit Milan during your next trip.