Milan Cathedral (Duomo)
Constructed over five centuries, the cathedral is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. Its spires have become the symbol of Milan.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Italy’s oldest active shopping gallery, it is home to some of the most traditional shops and restaurants in Milan, such as Biffi Caffè (founded in 1867 by Paolo Biffi, pastry chef to the monarch), the Savini restaurant, the Borsalino hat shop (1883) and the Art Nouveau classic Camparino bar.
Built on the ruins of a medieval castle, it became one of the most prominent artistic and cultural spaces in Milan. In its many museums, you will find works of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
The Last Supper occupies the whole northern wall of the refectory of the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie. There is also a dedicated museum nearby.
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Art, culture, and design
If you are fascinated by Leonardo’s masterpiece, in this museum you can dive into the history of the painting, its restoration work and the technology used to protect it over the years. It is located very close to the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery.
ADI Design Museum
In a former industrial area at the heart of Milan, the ADI Design Museum displays the historical collections from the Compasso d’Oro Award, the prestigious prize established in 1954 by Giò Ponti to promote the quality of design pieces made in Italy. Next to the permanent collection, it hosts temporary exhibitions.
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
In the midsts of Milan’s fashion quarter, this museum in a former home is the fruit of the extraordinary collecting passion of two brothers at the end of the 19th century: Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi. They wanted to turn their family’s mansion into a lordly Renaissance home by starting to collect 15th and 16th century paintings and decorative arts.
Villa Necchi Campiglio
This architectural gem in the center of Milan is featured in the movies “I am Love” (2010) and “House of Gucci” (2021). It was designed by architect Piero Portaluppi in 1935 for the wealthy and elegant Necchi Campiglio family. Visit it to experience the timeless luxury of an Italian society home from the 1930s.
The Museo del Novecento
Located inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario, it hosts a huge collection of the most important 20th century Italian art, as well as paintings from the early 1900’s by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Klee, Kandinsky, and Amedeo Modigliani.
Palazzo Morando Costume Moda Immagine
Costume Moda Immagine is on the first floor of Palazzo Morando, an 18th-century residence in the heart of Milan. The Art Gallery (Pinacoteca) preserves an important iconographic collection which shows the transformation of Milan’s urban and social structure; in adjacent rooms furnishings and objects reflect the private and public tastes in the city between the 17th and 19th centuries.