- By Kevin
- On Oct 25, 2017
- Travel Tips
Milan’s Science and Technology Museum, housed inside a 16th century monastery is a firm favorite – and a respectable nod to da Vinci who was as famous for his inventions as he was for his art. Top holiday destinations in Milan as below:
Within walking distance from the Duomo, along the car-free shopping avenue of the Via Dante, lies the impressive castle of the Renaissance Sforzesco family who once ruled Milan. It now hosts a collection of civic museums and offers access to the large Sempione park so combines not one but two of the best places to visit in Milan. Meandering through the courtyards, you can admire the architecture and pop into different museums that exhibit, among others, Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà, Mantenga’s _Trivulzio Madonna _and boast ceilings painted according to designs by Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo’s Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie
Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, Il Cenacolo, is the ultimate attraction to see in Milan. This iconic fresco is located in the refectory of the monastery next to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, not far from city centre. But unless you have booked a ticket in advance, save yourself the trouble of going, as tickets always sell out and cannot be bought on the day. The best way to get in is to book one of the available city tours or guided visits, as these have pre-arranged tickets. Be aware that visitors are only allowed in for 15 minutes, in small groups. Afterwards (or before) don’t miss the church itself for its beautiful Renaissance architecture, frescoes and paintings.
A graveyard may not be everyone's idea of a holiday hotspot, but this is definitely one to check out. The Cimitero Monumentale is a kind of open-air museum of Italian sculpture, in which some of the best works of all major Italian sculptors of the nineteenth and twentieth century can be admired, some of which are enormous, theatrical displays of grief. Many celebrated Italians (and foreigners) are buried at the cemetery, like the director and violinist Arturo Toscanini and writer Alessandro Manzoni. Many of the more famous graves are in the special Famedio or Pantheon. There is also a Jewish part, a section for non-believers and a cremation temple.