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Painting: The Vanishing Last SupperDistance from Orio al Serio International Airport: 55.8km
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2, Corso Magent , Milan (Italy)
The 20th-century writer Aldous Huxley called it “the saddest work of art in the world,” referring not to the impact of the scene when Christ tells his disciples, “one of you will betray me,” but to the fresco’s state of deterioration.
One of the largest and most ingenious works created by the ultimate Renaissance man, Leonardo Da Vinci’s 1495 to 1497 masterpiece is the most talked-about artwork after his “Mona Lisa”, following the release of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
Since it was finished, art students have journeyed to Milan to view the work, which takes up a refectory wall in a Dominican convent next to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The painting has many dimensions, and the life-size depiction adds to the realism of the scene. The figures are grouped in a triangular Trinity formation (with Jesus in the middle).
Via Della Spiga
Via Della SpigaDistance from Orio al Serio International Airport: 50.0km
Via della Spiga , Milan (Italy)
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Castello SforzescoDistance from Orio al Serio International Airport: 58.2km
Built in 1368 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti to defend the city from attack, the castle was enlarged by military architect Magatti under the instruction of Visconti’s successor Gian Galeazzo. Destroyed in 1447, it was rebuilt between 1450 and 1500 and enlarged under Francesco Sforza’s rule. In 1500, once Sforza’s rule was over, the building regained its military function and, after successive transformations, eventually fell into ruin. Rebuilt in the late 1900s, from 1893 onwards the castle gradually became home to various cultural institutions and art collections and remains so today. Guided tours are available.
Walk in BreraDistance from Orio al Serio International Airport: 107km
via Brera , Milan (Italy)
At the end of via Mercato turn left and walk all the way along via dell’Orso up to via Brera, then turn left again.
Via Brera is distinguished with little art shops selling all kinds of colours and canvas – here is located the Accademia di Brera, maybe the nation’s most renowned Art academy.
As you walk North, the street becomes larger and opens up into the piazzetta di Brera. Nearby, the Giamaica Café used to be the meeting point for artists and musicians back in the 60’s and 70’s. You would appreciate visiting the art galleries and antique shops in Via Fiori Chiari just on the left or walk on to Via Solferino.
The area of via Solferino is rather packed with design and fashion shops, up to Largo Treves where you head to via Statuto back to the underground station (Moscova).
The area North of the underground station along Corso Garibaldi, across the square and along Corso Como is one of the hot nightlife spots in Milan.
Fabricca Del Duomo
Fabricca Del DuomoDistance from Orio al Serio International Airport: 52.6km
Piazza del Duomo , Milan (Italy)
There is no better example of Milanese tenacity than the fact that their cathedral is a completely unspoiled example of Gothic style, despite taking a full 427 years to build. Generations of builders resisted every new style that came along, from Renaissance, to baroque, and then to neoclassical. The phrase la fabricca del Duomo in Milanese dialect is still used to refer to anything that seems to take forever to complete.
Began in 1386, the neo-Gothic finishings were only added to its façade in 1813 under Napoleon. From the 16th century, top architects submitted designs for the façade, but it wasn’t until 1805 to 1813 that the bronze doors and reliefs were finally built. In 2002, the Duomo’s exterior underwent scaffolding for a major cleaning set to last a few years.
Pinacoteca AmbrosianaDistance from Orio al Serio International Airport: 59.6km
Piazza Pio XI, 2 , Milan (Italy) , 20123 , +39 02806921
The Rough Guide to Italy gives this museum short shrift. Among others, there are many works by Titian, including a superb Adoration of the Magi. Lots of less well known, but excellent, paintings, including several Brueghels.The Cadogan Guide to Milan by Facaros and Pauls is a more detailed and accurate guidebook.
Parco di MonzaDistance from Orio al Serio International Airport: 46.6km
Monza , Milan (Italy)
Monza is just 20 minutes outside Milan and that’s where I’m from. It is famous for two things: the first is the Formula 1 circuit and the second is the Royal Villa. Behind the Royal Villa there is an immense park worth a visit (the F1 circuit is actually in there too), some giant contemporary art sculptures are temporarily placed there too.