One of Italy’s most popular and beautiful cities, Milan, has a lot to offer. Its long history as a political and cultural hub has left it with an astonishing array of attractions, including 50 churches, 25 squares and 20 basilicas. Using this helpful infographic to navigate, let’s get into some of the city’s best attractions.
Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Santa Maria d’elle Grazie
We begin our journey in this imposing fifteenth-century church. Once a convent for the Dominican Order, this house of worship was a hugely important site for much of Milan’s history – but we’re here for something even more impressive.
Soon after Santa Maria d’elle Grazie’s completion, Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to produce artwork for the church. What emerged was one of his most famous works: his mural The Last Supper. This depiction of Jesus and the Apostles sharing a last meal together is instantly recognisable, iconic and a big part of the reason the chapel was made a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Duomo di Milano
Moving east towards the city centre, we come to another impressive building. Designed in the Gothic style, this huge white marble edifice is Italy’s largest church. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, this cathedral took nearly 600 years to complete: construction began in 1386 and was not finished until 1965.
Did You Know?
Duomo di Milano holds the title of Italy’s largest church despite being smaller than St Peter’s Basilica in Rome as the latter is actually in Vatican City – a sovereign state in its own right.
Navigli District Cruise
After a busy day sightseeing, what better way to relax than with a cruise around the historic Navigli District? Centred around five canals and engineered by da Vinci, this is one of Milan’s most interesting areas. Catch the boat from Alzaia Naviglio Grande 4 and see the sights in style.
Top Tip: Finish off your time here with a wander around the district on foot – it’s got some of the best small restaurants in the city.
Of course there’s a lot more on offer in Milan, including some world-class shops and galleries – book a trip to discover more!