Weekend Breaks to Milan
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Top 10 Things in Milan on a Short Break
The Duomo is a beautiful gothic cathedral originally constructed in 1386. Its one of the worlds largest and most spectacular churchs in Italy. The dimensions of this classical attraction are still awe-inspiring at 108m high and 158m long, ornamented with over 200 marble statues and 135 pinnacles.
Watched over by the Madonna, this cathedral also offers a magnificence scene inside. Stained glass windows vibrant in colors and details characterized its interiors and you can spend hours admiring its beauty and works of art.
You can also take a lift to the cathedral's roof and enjoy a great view of the city.
The famous opera house, La Scala was first open in 1778 and reopened in 1946 after rebuilt because of its destruction during the Second World War. Home to the prestigious La Scala di Milano opera company, it remains one of the city's liveliest cultural venues featuring the world's best tenors, orchestras and conductors. Performances and shows run all year and ticket prices vary from reasonably cheap to expensive depending on the seat selected. However, during January, 1st 2002 to December, 7th 2004 it is closed due to restorations and performances are held at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi.
For more information visit the official web site: www.teatroallascala.org
This castle was built in 1369 to defend the city from attacks and was named after Francesco Sforza. During the centuries it has suffered many transformations, including new and improved defenses designed by Leonardo da Vinci. From 1893 onwards the castle gradually became home to various cultural institutions and art collections where you can enjoy masterpieces of Michelangelo, Bellini, Tiepolo, Mantegna, Correggio, Titian and Van Dyck.
Admission to this attraction is free, for more information you can visit the official web site: www.milanocastello.it
This building was intended as a mausoleum for the Sforzesco dynasty, in which the remains of the duke and his wife were to be laid to rest. Nowadays, hundreds of people line up at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to admire at Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper of Christ, recently restored in 1999.
Due to the many visitors who come to enjoy this painting, you must book in advance. Entry fee is 8 and 11.25 for tours, an English speaking guided tour is also available.
If you want to enjoy a night out, the best place to go is Navigli. Located at the south of the city, with two canals nearby, this district has an interesting and dynamic mixture of society where you can find all types of bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from. Another main area bustling with life is Girabaldi. Even though, its an exclusive area, there are clubs which you will be able to wander into and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. Just remember, appearance is very important here so make sure you look your best if you want to explore Milans nightlife.
If you are in the mood of treating yourself to some designer clothes, Milan's fashionable shopping district is famed for its wealth of luxury boutiques. The best designers have shops in this area, from Versace and Dolce & Gabbana to Louis Vuitton and Valentino. Also, you can find top designer shoe shops and some of the worlds finest jewelers, including Cartier, Bulgari, Pomellato and Tiffany's. But if you cant provide the funding to buy something here, the stunning window displays are always worth a look.
Go to see www.viamontenapoleone.org
Every September the Italian Grand Prix is held in the nearby town of Monza, 31 km northeast of the city of Milan. The construction of this raceway began in the early 20s and since then the best teams in the world, including Renault, Bar, Williams and Ferrari, show off their abilities at this sports complex. If you like speed and cars, you definitely dont want to miss this exhilarating attraction.
For more information on events and latest results, visit www.monzanet.it
This stadium is home to both Milan's football clubs AC Milan and Internazionale and is considered by many to be one of the finest architectural football stadiums in the world. After hosting in 1990 the soccer world cup the capacity of the stadium was increased. Nowadays, 85.000 people can comfortably enjoy the match from any vantage point thanks to its great structure.
When visiting the stadium, you dont want to miss the San Siro Tour & Museum featuring photos, shirts, cups, trophies, articles and more. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, although hours are subject to change on match days.
For more information visit www.stadiosansiro.it
December is always a fun celebration. The biggest feast day, dedicated to Ambrose (Milans patron saint) is marked with religious celebrations and traditional fairs around the Fiera di Milano. Milan's famous opera house, La Scala marks the solemn occasion by opening its opera season during this period. Also, you dont want to miss the Christmas market that takes place at the Piazza della Basilica di San Ambrogio filled with decorations, handmade crafts, gifts, nativity scene and Christmas trees.
At the east of Milan, about 150 km from the city, you will find the largest theme park in Italy, situated on the banks of Lake Garda. Gardalands location is itself appealing and it offers entertainment for all ages, definitively a must if you are traveling with children.
If one day is not enough to enjoy all the exciting rides and attractions, pamper your family with an incredible stay at the hotel resort. For more information on prices, schedules and services,
Brilliant little bar right in the centre of town behind La Scala. Great atmosphere, full of local and international people, friendly bar staff, reasonable prices and plenty of free shots! One of the barmaids was even on the bar at one point pouring alcohol into peoples mouths. Really good night and doesn't close until 3am!
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