Milan (Milano) is the second largest town in Italy and you will see this city size as soon as you arrive at the main railway station - Stazione Milano Centrale. The terminal is really huge! We came to Milan by train from Bergamo - the journey for about 5 euros took less than an hour. We left the station and went to explore the city.
Stazione di Milano Centrale is the largest train station in Milan. We arrived here from Bergamo. From here we also traveled to Como. The size of the station is impressive - it looks like an airport.
We went through a modern office district (The Centro Direzionale di Milano) on the way to our apartment.
Panorama of the city from the roof of the cathedral - view towards the modern district. It's hard to take a nice picture because cranes are everywhere ... this huge city is still expanding.
Bosco Verticale (in translation means vertical forest) are two apartment buildings 111 and 76 meters high in the Porta Nuova district of Milan. Over 900 trees were planted on both buildings.
Sights in Milan - The Duomo di Milano is one of the largest cathedrals in the world, the shopping center of Victor Emmanuel II, the La Scala theater, the Sforza Castle, Sempione Park, the Basilica of Saint. Ambrose, San Siro stadium. There is the famous Leonardo da Vinci wall painting: "The Last Supper" in the refectory of the Dominican monastery at the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
It is worth taking a walk around the city and park, drink coffee, eat ice creams and pizza in Milan ... It's definitely worth visiting the cathedral and climbing the stairs or taking the elevator to its roof. In November, we bought the tickets to cathedra almost without queues. Visiting the Duomo di Milano and museum takes several hours.
The world-famous Teatro alla Scala opera house is located in this classical building.
Milan is a very large and rich city - here even shopping centers look like temples ... The shopping "gallery" of Victor Emmanuel II is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Milan.
One of the most famous shopping centers in Europe, and maybe even in the world - The Victor Emmanuel II Gallery. I always have resistance to calling stores as galleries but in this case this amazing combination of art and trade is really impressive.
Mosaics on the floor ... paintings and sculptures on the walls ...
In November, after the season, in the middle of the week - the gallery is still full of people - what must happen here in spring or summer ...
Statue of Leonardo da Vinci in Piazza della Scala. Leonardo lived and worked in Milan for many years. The "Last Supper" 15th-century mural painting is one of his most famous works is in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. There is also a very interesting Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology (Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci).
Sforza Castle in the center of Milan. There are museums inside the castle: The Museum of Ancient Art , The Pinacoteca Picture Gallery, The Museum of Musical Instruments, The Egyptian Museum, The Museum of Rondanini Pietà, The Archaeological Museum, The Antique Furniture & Wooden Sculpture Museum, The Achille Bertarelli Print Collection.
The huge Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) in Milan was built in the first half of the 15th century. Entrance to the courtyard is free. You need to buy tickets to enter museums and galleries. It is worth to check the information on the castle website https://www.milanocastello.it/en because during our stay on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month after 14 you could visit the castle for free.
Night photo of the fountain in Piazza Castello in front of the Sforza Castle. If you like photographing cities at night, bring a tripod with you to take some long exposure photos.
Milan by night looks grea - colorful lights on the walls of the Sforzesco Castle.
With the evening walk we end our short tour of Milan. Two days is very little time for this huge city. But on the other hand, such large agglomerations are tiring ... millions of people, thousands of cars, motorbikes, bicycles ... rush and crowds everywhere ... time to run away and calm down. Last look at the Cathedral and the square Piazza del Duomo and we go to the apartment to pack because the next day we are going to the lake in the mountains - to Como.
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