Top 5 Milan Attractions

Top 5 Milan Attractions

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City: Milan
State: Lombardy
Country: Italy

Regarded as the fashion and financial center of Italy, Milan is also a leading Alpha global city, strong in the areas of arts, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, music, services, research, and tourism. Reowned for its many cultural attractions, including museums, cathedrals / churches, and palaces, Milan offers a multitude of sights, sounds, and places to be.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Milan, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. Duomo Cathedral

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As the official church of the city, the Duomo Cathedral, also known as the Milan Cathedral, is not only the largest church in Lombardy and Italy, but is also the 5th largest in the world. There are more statues on this gothic-style cathedral than any other building in the world, with about 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles, and 700 figures of saints. As it was constructed over 6 centuries, it has a mix of beautiful, stunning architecture from across history and various countries. Highlights include the various sculptures and altars, the openwork pinnacles and spires on the roof, and the pink-hued white marble which comprises most of the building.

2. Sforza Castle
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The Sforza Castle, also known as the Castello Sforzesco, is among the largest citadels in Italy, and in Europe. Located in the region of Lombardy, the vast complex today is home to many Milan museums, including the Museum Of Ancient Art, the Museum Of Musical Instruments, the Applied Arts Collection, and the Pinacoteca. In particular, there are masterpieces by Italian Renaissance painters exhibited here, including works by Andrea Mantegna and Carlo Crivelli. Also worth seeing here are the imposing gates, towers, and courtyards of the citadel.

3. Pinacoteca Di Brera
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The Pinacoteca Di Brera or Brera Art Gallery is the foremost public gallery and art collection of Milan and Lombardy, with over 500 works from across Italy, dating from the 14th - 20th century. Styled in elegant neoclassical Baroque architecture, the museum is well regarded as having the best Renaissance art collection in Europe. Highlights include the 'Supper At Emmaus' by Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio, the 'Lamentation Of Christ' by Andrea Mantegna, and the sexy 'Il Bacio / The Kiss' by Francesco Hayez, which is said to best represent Italian Romanticism.

4. La Scala Theatre & Museo Teatrale Alla Scala
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The La Scala Theatre & Museo Teatrale Alla Scala is a famous opera house and museum in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, and contains a collection of paintings, drafts, statues, costumes, and other documents of opera history. The most iconic feature is the beautifully designed 18th-century auditorium, with its awe-inspiring tiers of theatre boxes, before which many orchestras, opera singers, and ballet troupes have performed.

5. Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Of Science And Technology
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Named after the famous Italy polymath, the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Of Science And Technology in Milan is the largest science and technology museum in Lombardy, exhibiting over 15,000 artifacts spanning 8 main sections. This includes Materials, Transport, Energy, Communication, Space, Leonardo Da Vinci Art & Science, Nutrition, and Young People's Science. The fun, interactive, multimedia exhibits make it appealing for all-ages.