Milan is the capital of Lombardy and – with a
population of about 1.300.000 - is the second largest city in the
country behind Rome. Known as one of the fashion capitals, it is not a
surprise that every year around 9 million people come to visit it: they
are attracted by its museums, art, fashion, galleries, history and – of
course – an excellent food.
Here people can also find a large number of luxury hotels and
restaurants, a lot of them starred in Michelin Guide.
Let your escort guide you to the best things to see
in the city.
The city offers the visitor a large variety of art museums. In my
opinion the most important are:
- Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Italy's most
important art collections comparable with the Madrid's El Prado or
the Paris' Louvre. The collection of works of art includes several
of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art anywhere in the
world. (Mantegna, Hayez, Bellini, Tintoretto and others).
- Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, historical library and
art gallery. (The Musician and Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo Da
Vinci, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The cartoon for the School
of Athens by Raphael, the Adoration of the Magi by Titian, the
Madonna del Padiglione by Sandro Botticelli and the magnificent
Vases of Flowers by Jan Brueghel).
- Poldi Pezzoli Museum, one of the world's
richest private art collections. (Botticelli, Bellini, Mantegna, Del
Pollaiolo, Guardi, Il Vecchio, Moroni).
- Museo del Novecento, art museum dedicated to
the XX century.
- Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology.
- Galleria d'Arte Moderna.
Historic Monuments and Churches:
Milan is really full of Historic Monuments and
Churches; if you are here only for a few days I’m available to
escort you to see the most important which are the following:
- The Castello Sforzesco. This 15th century
castle houses several museums: Pinacoteca del Castello
(Michelangelo's last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà, Andrea
Mantegna's Trivulzio Madonna and Leonardo da Vinci's Codex
Trivulzianus manuscript), The Museum of Ancient Art, The Furniture
Museum, The Museum of Musical Instruments and the Applied Arts
Collection, The Egyptian and Prehistoric sections of the
- La Scala Theatre. One of the most renowned
opera houses in the world.
- The Duomo. It’s one of the biggest churches in
the world and the most impressive structure in Milan. The city’s
main cathedral, is the most exuberant example of Northern Gothic
architecture in Italy, (started in 1386).
- Saint Mary of the Graces. A Unesco World
Heritage site, this basilica is one of the masterpieces of the
Renaissance architect Donato Bramante. It houses the famous Last
Supper ('Cenacolo Vinciano') by Leonardo da Vinci.
- Saint Ambrose. The most important example of
the Lombard Romanesque style of architecture, built between 1080 and
Other sights that you can discover
with your escort
- Piazza Mercanti. It is a central city square
located between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Cordusio. One of the
oldest squares in Milan, it houses 'palaces',
offices and statues, as well as the old town hall dating back to
1233: this wonderful place will give you a feel like you've stepped
back into Medieval Period.
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. This magnificent
arcade, covered with a glass and iron roof, is the world's oldest
active shopping mall and contains art galleries, fashion boutiques,
bookstores and restaurants.
- Piazza Belgioioso. A
small jewel surrounded by important palaces: this central square
hosts the magnificent neoclassical Belgiojoso Palace and the House
of Manzoni, the Italian writer whose novel The Betrothed, "I
Promessi Sposi", is considered one of the masterpieces of the world
- Via della Spiga. A lovely and classy street
forming the north-east boundary of the luxurious Quadrilatero della
Moda, full of beautiful ancient buildings and luxury boutiques.
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele. With its elegant
appearence it is the most popular high street shopping arteries in
the city. It contains some great retail stores, including big
shopping centres, fashionable outlets, and youthful, sporty designer
boutiques. It is pedestrian.
- Via Montenapoleone. It is one of the best
luxury shopping streets in Milan containing many of the biggest
names in fashion and famous jewelleries. Your escort will be happy
to visit it!
- Via Dante. It is a beautiful pedestrian area
lying between Piazza Duomo and Castello Sforzesco: one of the
grandest and most frequented fashionable high streets in the city.
This street is surrounded by street vendors, shops, glamorous
boutiques, restaurants and cafe tables where you can sit outside,
enjoy either a drink or a meal and observe at some glorious Milanese
palaces. It also contains the Piccolo Teatro, a renowned local
- Via Manzoni. It is an impressive refined and
fashionable street lying between Piazza della Scala and Piazza
Cavour. Known also as one of the city's premier shopping streets it
contains aristocratic apartment blocks and notable buildings like
the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, and the elegant Grand Hotel.
- Corso Magenta. An elegant and aristocratic
street in the north-western part of the city, it is the most typical
Milanese street. It contains sophisticated cafes and shops, like
Palazzo Litta, and The famous Santa Maria delle Grazie church and
convent, where Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper can be found.
- Piazzale Cordusio. It is a central square,
right near the Duomo, which boasts some grand and beautiful
late-19th century architecture.
- I Navigli. The city's Navigli neighborhood
consists of Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese canals. It is a
charming district where there is a nice mix of old-world ancient
shops and cafes, funky bars and fashion boutiques.
Here there are a lot of good restaurants that
you can enjoy with your escort: many of them starred in
I would suggest my favourite place: Joia Restaurant –
via Panfilo Castaldi. One star in Michelin Guide. Excellent cuisine.
Welcome to Milan!!