The Best Places to See Ancient and Modern Art in Milan

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Oct 26, 2017
  3. Europe
  4. Travel Tips

Milan is one of Italy's most fashionable cities but it also holds several historic and artistic attractions, including the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, The Last Supper painting, and the famous La Scala Opera House. 3 best places to see ancient and modern art in Milan:

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Duomo or Cathedral of Milan

Milan's Duomo, or Cathedral, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Construction started in 1386 but took nearly 500 years to complete. 135 spires and 3200 statues adorn the duomo roof and you can take an elevator (or climb the stairs) to the rooftop for a close-up view as well as magnificent views of the city below. (See photos by clicking on the link above.) Piazza del Duomo, the square where the cathedral sits, is the hub of Milan's historic center. Also on the square are a statue of Vittorio Emanuele and the Palazzo Reale housing the Duomo Museum and Contemporary Art Museum.

Santa Maria della Grazie and Da Vinci's Last Supper

The 15th century Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie houses Leonardo Da Vinci's famous fresco, The Last Supper. Although the building was bombed in 1943, the fresco survived. To see the fresco, it's necessary to book in advance. Since tickets can be difficult to get, it's best to book about two months in advance. You can buy Last Supper tickets online in US dollars through Select Italy. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

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Castello Sforzesco or Sforza Castle

Milan's castle, Castello Sforzesco, is near the center of Milan and unlike many castles you don't have to climb a hill to get to it. Inside the castle are several museums but even if you don't want to go into a museum, the castle is a good place to wander around and the courtyard serves as a local park. You can see castle artifacts and architecture details. The art museum houses Michelangelo's last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà. There's also the Museum of Ancient Art, a collection of musical instruments, and the Egyptian and prehistoric sections of the Archeology Museum.