- By Kevin
- On Oct 26, 2017
- Travel Tips
Milan is in northwest Italy in the Lombardy region,about 30 miles south of the Alps.It is very near the Lake district,including Lakes Como and Maggiore.From Milan,Rome is reachable on a fast train in as little as 3 hours and Venice in less than 3 hours.As one of the most important city in Italy,Milan has so many historic spots which attracts more and more people to here.The essential guide to Milan Italy:
Basilica Sant'Ambrogio,one of Milan's oldest churches,is an eleventh century church built on the site of a fourth century church.Sant'Ambrogio is Milan's patron saint and you can see him in a crypt along with two third century martyrs.The church is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture and inside are many interesting relics,carvings,and mosaics.Be sure to see the gold altar.There's also a small museum associated with the church.
Shopping and Window Shopping
Milan is known as Italy's top fashion city and it's a good place to shop for designer clothes,shoes,and accessories.Good shopping streets include Via Dante between the Duomo and Castle,Corso Vittorio Emanuele II near Piazza della Scala,and via Monte Napoleone near the Duomo.For exclusive fashions,head to the area around via della Spiga called the Quadrilatero d'Oro or Golden Quadrangle that also includes Via Montenapoleone,Via Andrea,Via Gesù,Via Borgospesso,and Corso Venezia.Corso Buenos Aires has less expensive shops and chain stores,many of them even open on Sundays.Of course if you don't want to spend lots of money,window shopping is entertaining too.
Brera Picture Gallery or Pinacoteca di Brera
Pinacoteca di Brera is Milan's top art museum,housing a collection of over 600 works from the 14th through the 20th centuries including works by top artists such as Raphael,Piero della Francesca,and Bellini.The gallery was started in the 19th century and is housed in a 13th century convent.Closed Mondays and some holidays.