After checking in to your Milan Linate Airport hotel, get out and experance all that you can while you are in Milan.
Duomo (Cathedral)Distance from Milan Linate Airport: 8.6km
At the heart of the city, Milan’s Cathedral is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, begun in 1386 but added to each century thereafter. The best time to visit is in bright sunshine, when the windows create a kaleidoscope of colour through the cavernous interior. St Charles Borromeo, its most important benefactor, lies buried at its heart. A champion of the Counter Reformation, he commissioned the wooden choir, many of the statues and the nivola, the peculiar basket that is used in one of Milan’s stranger ceremonies.
Piazza del Duomo 18
Tel: (02) 72 02 26 56.
Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele IIDistance from Milan Linate Airport: 8.6km
Entered from the piazza in front of the Cathedral, the glass-domed cruciform Vittorio Emmanuele II Gallery is a civilised place to meet someone or for the weary visitor to rest in. The vast Belle Epoque shopping arcade was built to link the Piazza del Duomo to the Piazza della Scala and soon became Milan’s conservatory. Winter and summer, Milan can be seen here, escaping the rain, browsing the exclusive shops and sipping campari and soda in the bars.
Museo Teatrale alla Scala (Theatre Museum at La Scala)Distance from Milan Linate Airport: 8.3km
Opera lovers should visit this museum, crammed with rich mementos of the celebrated opera house, La Scala. Two halls are devoted to Milan’s darling Verdi, whose ‘Slaves Chorus’ from Nabucco remains the unofficial Italian anthem. Memorabilia include the spinet on which he learned to play, scores in his own hand and the jewel-encrusted baton presented to him after the triumphal reception of Aida. Rossini, Puccini and Toscanini are honoured alongside.
Piazza della Scala
Tel: (02) 805 3418.
Santa Maria delle GrazieDistance from Milan Linate Airport: 9.1km
The Last Supper (1495-97) is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Lodovico Sforza commissioned Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece for the refectory adjoining the Dominican church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The painting depicts the moment of Christ’s revelation of the betrayal. The twelve apostles are grouped into threes, Christ at the centre, Judas (described by Vasari as a ‘study in perfidy’) to the right, his hand frozen on the bag of silver on the table.
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2, Corso Magenta
Tel: (02) 89 42 11 46.
Museo d’Arte Antica del Castello SforzescoDistance from Milan Linate Airport: 10.0km
(Museum of Historic Art of the Sforza Castle)
Three municipal museums compete for attention within the redbrick Sforza Castle on the edge of the Parco Sempione, but the most venerable is the Museum of Historic Art. Visitors come to see Michelangelo’s last work, the unfinished Pietà Rondanini, depicting the Virgin cradling the body of Christ, which was bought by the museum in 1952.
Tel: (02) 62 08 31 91.
Museo Bagatti ValsecchiDistance from Milan Linate Airport: 8.5km
The Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi, built by two brothers in 1883 as their ideal Renaissance household, was only opened as a museum in 1994. Avid collectors of antiques from the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, they furnished the rooms with their vast collections. The result is a fascinating insight into the mentality of nineteenth-century Milan, which had just recovered its independence, nostalgically looking back to the days of the Sforza.
Via Gesù 5
Tel: (02) 76 00 61 32.
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da Vinci
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da VinciDistance from Milan Linate Airport: 8.5km
(Leonardo da Vinci National Science & Technology Museum)
In the city of the Last Supper, interest in the creative genius of Leonardo da Vinci is understandable. Most visitors come to this museum, devoted to the history of science, to see the Leonardo Gallery, with its host of models, both static and functioning, which illustrate the man’s intuitive genius. His designs for war machines, flying machines, architecture and production awaken admiration for a man whose ideas, even when not 100% successful (such as the rotating screw, claimed as a precursor to the helicopter), display incredible foresight.
Via San Vittore 21
Tel: (02) 485 551.
Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery)Distance from Milan Linate Airport: 57.4km
The Modern Art Gallery is a treat for lovers of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, housed in Napoleon’s former summer palace on the edge of the Giardini Pubblici. The extensive collection covers neo-classicism to the modern day.
Villa Reale, Via Palestro 16
Tel: (02) 76 00 28 19.