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THE WHOLE DAY IN MILAN TOUR (the whole day)

Itinerario un giorno a Milano - Milano

Duomo di Milano - Milano Itinerari

 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II - Milano Itinerari

 

Teatro alla Scala - Milano Itinerari

Castello Sforzesco - Milano Itinerari

Basilica Santa Maria delle Grazie - Milano Itinerari


Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio - Milano Itinerari

Basilica Sant'Ambrogio - Capitelli Romanici - Milano Itinerari


Basilica di S. Lorenzo - Milano Itinerari

Basilica di S. Lorenzo - Colonne - Milano Itinerari

The most important and famous monuments of the City of Milan
A visit to the most important monuments with the purpose of discovering and understanding the past and the present by a day throughout the city of Milan which is able to preserve and develop its economical and cultural heritage.

Duomo di Milano - The Cathedral of Milan
Started in 1386, the Duomo represents a great witness of the particular Lombard Gothic style. Consecrated to S. Maria Nascente, wanted by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, it stands on the site of the late Middle Ages Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore. It is a huge marble building with a rich variety of statues, spires, buttresses, rampant arches, pillars. The statues are over 3,500, including the 96 giants of the spouts. The Cathedral, divided in five naves, is 157 m. long at the exterior and 92 m. large at the transept with a whole area of 11.700 sq.m.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered double arcade formed of two glass-vaulted arcades at right angles intersecting in an octagon; it is prominently sited on the northern side of the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, and connects to the Piazza della Scala. Named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of united Italy, it was originally designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. The central octagonal space is topped with a glass dome. The Milanese Galleria was larger in scale than its predecessors and was an important step in the evolution of the modern glazed and enclosed shopping mall, of which it was the direct progenitor. The Galleria connects two of Milan's most famous landmarks: The Duomo and the Teatro Alla Scala. More than 130 years after its inauguration, the four-story arcade includes elegant shops selling most things from haute couture to books, as well as restaurants, cafés and bars.

La Scala Opera House Milan
La Scala theatre of Milan is one of the most famous theatres in the world and is considered the temple of the Lyric Music. La Scala takes its name from the refined square it is situated in. The square itself takes its name from the church Santa Maria alla Scala, built in 1381 and named in honour of its client, the Queen della Scala wife of Bernabò Visconti. The church was demolished to make space for the theatre.

Castello Sforzesco - Sforza Castle
Today, with the Dome, the Sforzesco Castle is the most loved monument by the Milanese people, but in the past was an hated symbol of the tyrannical power imposed by Milanese Lords and foreign conquerors. Starting from the twentieth century it became a cultural place chosen to preserve the Lombard arts. The name of the castle is linked with Francesco Sforza Duke of Milan who decided to rebuild the castle in 1450, but the origin of the castle is uncertain possibly having been built in the fourteenth century to Galeazzo II’s wishes.

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
The church was built between 1465 and 1482 following the plan of Guiniforte Solari. The original Architectural style is late Lombard Gothic but from 1490 the church was restyled. Ludovico the Moore called the best artist of that time to bring some innovation. Bramante replaced the old presbytery with a new apse; Da Vinci realized one of his most famous Masterpiece: The Last Supper. These are considered the highest examples of the Renaissance period.

Basilica of Saint Ambrose
The basilica was built by St. Ambrose between 379 and 386, in an area where numerous martyrs of the Roman persecutions had been buried. The first name of the church was in fact Basilica Martyrum. In the following centuries the edifice underwent several restorations and partial reconstructions, assuming the current appearance in 1099, when it was rebuilt in Romanesque architecture. The basilica plan of the original edifice was maintained, with an apse and two aisles, all with apses, and a portico with elegant arches supported by semi columns and pilasters preceding the entrance. Latter was used to house the disciples coming to Mass to receive baptism. The upper loggia has five arcades of different height that follow the ceiling. It is used by the bishop of Milan to bless the people attending outside. The basilica has two bell towers. The right one, called dei Monaci ("of the Monks"), is from the 9th century and has a severe appearance. The left and higher one dates to 1144, the last two floors added in 1889.

Basilica of San Lorenzo
Various suggestions of its origin have been made, including a foundation in year 370; the Basilica of San Lorenzo was renovated and redecorated in the 16th century. It has however maintained the original Byzantine structure, with a dome and four towers resembling those of Constantinople's Hagia Sofia. A recent detailed stratiographic study of the walls identified five phases of construction in antiquity from Theodosius I to the early Lombard period. The church is a quatrefoil central-plan building, with a double-shell layout, consisting of an open central area, the inner shell, surrounded by an ambulatory, the outer shell.

 
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