The AC Milan and the FC Internazionale are two of the continent’s top football teams and they play at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (also known as San Siro). Watching any game is exciting, but when the two teams go head-to-head the energy level goes through the roof!
Just behind the stadium is a courtyard where you’ll find “Leonardo’s Horse” a bronze sculpture that replicates a destroyed equestrian sculpture by the renaissance master.
The glass-roofed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a shopper’s paradise, home to upscale fashion boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and more. Even the McDonald’s is decidedly chic with its marble floors, but it’s best to venture for the local food – pizzas and panzerottis are a fast food staple if that’s what you’re looking for. The Galleria also has art galleries, book stores, fine restaurants, and loads more.
Nothing really prepares you for the sheer size of Milan’s massive gothic cathedral, Il Duomo. The hundreds of spires and thousands of statues on its exterior are both imposing and inviting, and the rooftop vista over the city is not to be missed!
The public square outside is the most elegant in the city – the other sides of the piazza are formed by the 18th-century Royal Palace (which now houses an art gallery), and the Galleria. There are also lovely cafes, restaurants, and shops here. At night, the square is lit up fantastically.
La Scala Theatre is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet performance halls in the world. It first opened in 1778 with an opera by Salieri and recently completed an extensive renovation. The world’s greatest opera and dance performers grace this stage.
The public square outside La Scala has a lovely statue honoring Leonardo da Vinci and is flanked by the exquisite city hall.
The famous fresco painting, The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci is housed in the small Saint Mary of the Graces. You’ll have to book tickets to see it months in advance, otherwise you’ll have to try your luck buying a cancelled reservation at 8:15am on the morning you’d like to go.
Once one of the biggest military fortresses in Europe, the magnificent 15th-century Sforzesco Castle now houses some of the city’s best museums. The Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco contains Renaissance masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s final sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà. Other museums are dedicated to applied arts, ancient art, historical musical instruments, prehistory, and Egyptian art.