- By Kevin
- On Oct 25, 2017
- Travel Tips
Planning you Milan city break now?A useful budget guide to Milan may be the information you need now.Milan’s rich urban culture has strongly impacted its cuisine,and this is the city with the second highest number of Michelin star restaurants in Italy.A sophisticated side-walk caféculture allows for a strong cup of coffee,delicious pastries and hours of people-watching.
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Pinacoteca di Brera
It's not just Florence that has the famous Italian Renaissance paintings:Milan has two large collections as well.Near the Scala opera theatre you’ll find the Brera Pinacoteca offering a large collection of works by the likes of Mantegna,Raphael,Piero della Francesca,Caravaggio,Bellini,Canaletto,Tintoretto and many more.The gallery’s website is all in Italian but offers a virtual view of what there is on display,and there are multilingual audio guides available.For the Ambrosiana art gallery(also near the Duomo)it's wise to book tickets in advance online.Here you’ll find works on display from Leonardo da Vinci,Botticelli,Brueghel,Titian,Caravaggio and Raphael,plus an interesting library with the Codex Atlanticus of Leonardo and a Virgilius manuscript.
Parco Sempione and Giardini Pubblici
Visiting Sforza Castle?Don't leave without scoping out the adjacent Parco Sempione,opened in 1888 and designed by architect Emilio Alemagna who wanted this gorgeous green space to frame panoramic views of the stately home.Aside from the outdoors sculpture gallery,there's also an aquarium which is free to visit if you go on Tuesdays after 2pm and on the first Sunday of the month,otherwise it's€5(closed on Mondays).If you're in the area,another of the most attractive things to see in Milan is the Giardini Pubgblici Indro Montanelli,in the Porta Venezia district,home to the city's Planetarium.Its the oldest patch of green in the city,established in 1784,and the Planetarium hosts a series of family-friendly guided tours of the starry night sky,starting in June.