La Scala is considered the temple of lyrical opera and a Mecca for all opera lovers. The Scala was first opened on August, 3rd 1778, with a drama by Salieri: "Europa Riconosciuta" or Europe Recognised. Since then the Scala has hosted thousands of performances featuring the world's best tenors, orchestras and conductors. Don't be intimidated by it's reputation and history… performances and shows at the Scala Theater Milan run all year and ticket prices vary from reasonably cheap to expensive depending on your type of seat.
The Duomo: Milan's symbol, built on the will of Gian Galeazzo Visconti in 1386, on the place where two paleochristian churches were formerly found. It is a huge building and one of the biggest churches in the world. A fine example of Gothic architecture, beautiful and magnificent the Duomo Milan is only two stops from the Windsor Hotel or a 20 minute walk. Entrance inside the Duomo is free although one must be formally dressed i.e. no shorts or sleeveless shirts. Access to the rooftop is by elevator and a small fee is payable
San Siro Stadium
Named after the great Italian football player Giuseppe Meazza the San Siro in Milan – home to both Milan’s football clubs AC Milan and Internazionale or Inter for short - is considered by many to be one of the finest architectural football stadiums in the world. thanks to the ring like structure and steep sides which also ensure that the stadium is both inspiring to the home team and intimidating for the away side, with the advent of Italia 90 i.e. the football or soccer world cup which was held in Italy in 1990 the stadium capacity was increased to to 85000 people all seated.
The Last Supper
The Santa Maria delle Grazie contains one of the world’s finest works of art.Here at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie hundreds of people queue up to marvel at Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper of Christ… undoubtedly the Last Supper is a masterpiece but have you ever wondered how the food on the table is clearly visible yet similarly so are the disciple’s legs – a physical impossibility but rarely noticed by any of thousands of visitors which flock to see the painting every week.
Navigli or the Canals of Milan are one of the most atmospheric parts of the city.The main canal is lined with bars, cafes, restaurants and is busy most evenings but particularly during the Summer months and the Festive period surrounding Christmas and New Year.No visit to Milan is complete without a stroll in the Navigli district of Milan
Milan is considered by many as the fashion capital of the world and Via Montenapoleone eptomises this by being the headquarters for most of the world’s most well known international designer names. Designer names to be found in Via Montenapoleone include:: Armani, Byblos, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferre, Krizia, Laura Biagiotti, Missoni, Moschino, Valentino, Versace, Trussardi and many others
Located near the Duomo the gallery and San Babila are the places to be seen in Milan.Here in one of the most important centres in the city, full of shops, cinemas and exclusive restaurants Milan’s hearbeat throbs. Businessmen meet, fine wines and food are consumed, people parade up and down, round and round stopping only to marvel at the 150 foot high concentric windowed roof or to shop at the exclusive Rinascente Department Store Milan’s Harrods….
Castello di Sforzesco
The Sforzesco Castle is one of the largest castle’s in Europe and was home to the Noble Milanese Family of Sforzesco (hence the castle’s name). The castle was built at the end of the 14th century, and is one of the city's most imposing landmarks. Once home to one of the most powerful families in Europe, it has been destroyed, rebuilt and altered so many times that what you see today is mostly reproduction. The castle now contains a museum and is frequently the home of many prestigious art exhibitions a highlight of the gallery is the Pieta that Michelangelo was working on at the time of his death.
Toro di Milano
Near the Duomo, inside the gallery, you may see a strange sight….Milanese and tourists alike participating in the strange tradition of balancing on one foot and spinning round on their heel 3 times - more often than not this is an unflattering and ungracious sight and often leaves the particpant on his posterior. What they are doing is taking part in the “Toro di Milano” or Milanese Bull.
The tradition involves placing your heel in the groin area of the design of a Bull which has been carved into the flooring of the Gallery. By spinning round 3 times in a 360 degree pirouette, it is Milanese folklore that your potency will increase and if you are a tourist then that your are sure to return to Milan…
Inter & AC Milan Museum
Inside the San Siro stadium one can find a historical museum of the football teams Internazionale Milan or FC Inter and AC Milan: 100 years of history including historic photos, pennants from teams all over the world, shirts, cups and trophies, old newspaper and magazine articles – an absolute must see for any soccer fan…
Opening times: 10am-5pm