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Milan is the center of the Lombardy region in northern Italy. It is the largest city in Italy after Rome in terms of population, and one of the most important economic and industrial centers of the country. Milan was founded in the 6th-5th centuries BC by the Celts. In the 3rd century BC, the Celtic settlement was conquered by the Romans and soon became one of the largest cities of the Roman Empire – Mediolanum. From the 14th century, under the reign of the Visconti dukes, Milan became a separate state and fought with the Republic of Venice for leadership in northern Italy. In the 19th century in Milan, industry began to rapidly develop, and in the second half of the 20th century Milan became the most rapidly growing city in Italy. Nowadays Milan is known as a bustling city with many historical sites and museums and as the fashion capital of the world.

The center of the historic part of Milan is Piazza Duomo, where stands one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world and the main Gothic cathedral of Italy – Milan Cathedral, which can accommodate up to 40 thousand people. It was built over several centuries between 1386 and 1813. The Cathedral is a mix of various architectural styles, it is lined with white marble and decorated with 135 spires and 3,200 statues. The interior of the cathedral, shrouded in semi-darkness, is impressive for its size; the vault of the cathedral is supported by 52 columns dividing the space into 5 naves. Here one can see carved altars, sarcophagi of archbishops and numerous statues. On the central spire of the cathedral, which is 108 m high, there is a 4 m high statue of the Madonna of gilded bronze. Tourists can climb the stairs on the roof of the cathedral and enjoy the views of Milan. From the Duomo di Milano sits the Archbishop’s Palace, the Palazzo Reale, the medieval residence of the Milanese rulers (home to the Museum of Modern Art and the Cathedral Museum), and the equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel II.

North of Piazza Duomo runs from the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an elegant shopping arcade of 195 meters in length and one of the first shopping arcades in Europe. The gallery was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni. Shortly before its opening during the construction work the architect was tragically killed. The plan of the gallery has the form of a Latin cross, the top of it is covered with a dome of glass and iron, under which there are luxurious boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II leads to Piazza della Scala where there is a monument to Leonardo da Vinci (1872) and La Scala, the most famous opera house in the world. It opened in 1778 and has a seating capacity of 2800 and is renowned for its acoustics. Opera house has its own museum, which tells the history of the theater, the outstanding composers and where are exhibited collections of costumes, paintings and sculptures. Nearby is the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, with a collection of ceramics, Venetian glass, jewelry, antique furniture, weapons, armor, sculptures, and paintings of the 14th and 19th centuries, including Botticelli’s Madonna and Child.

Other museums in Milan’s historic center are also of interest. Southwest of Piazza Duomo is the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, which houses an ancient library and an art gallery. The Pinacoteca was named after the patron saint of the city, St. Ambrose. It is the oldest museum in the city, its history dates back to 1609. The Pinakothek contains works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Bruegel, Caravaggio and other famous painters. The Pinacoteca Brera, located in the 17th century palace of the same name, is also famous for its collection of paintings. Its 40 rooms contain works of art representing various schools of painting from the 15th to the 20th century. There are works by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Donato Bramante, Raphael, Mantegna, Piero de la Francesca, Gentile da Fabriano, Carpaccio, Tintoretto, Bellini, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Van Dyck and Goya. Equally interesting is the Gallery of Modern Art with paintings and sculptures of the 19th-20th centuries and the National Museum of Science and Technology with a collection of scientific projects by Leonardo da Vinci.

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In the northwestern part of Milan’s Old Town, the Sforzesco Castle also houses interesting museums. The castle itself was in ancient times a large defense fortress, and later came into the possession of the Visconti family and was completely rebuilt in the 15th century. The castle was built of red brick, following the example of the Moscow Kremlin. In 16 century, Leonardo da Vinci was invited to decorate the castle interior, but unfortunately his works have not survived. But you can see the works of Michelangelo, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Filippino Lippi, Correggio and Pontormo, which are exhibited in one of the museums of the castle – Pinacoteca Castello. In addition, the castle houses the Egyptian and Prehistoric Halls of the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum of Furniture, the Museum of Musical Instruments and the Museum of Applied Art. To visit all the museums of the castle has a single entrance ticket. Behind the Castello Sforzesco there is a picturesque park which covers an area of 47 hectares.

The historic center of Milan is full of cathedrals and churches. Of particular interest is the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie from the 15th century, the refectory of which contains the world-famous fresco “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. In the Convent of Maggiore, which was founded in the 9th century, there is the 16th-century church of San Maurizio decorated with frescoes by Bernardino Luini; also worth seeing are the Romanesque churches of San Ambrogio and San Eustorgio and the early Christian church of San Lorenzo with mosaics from the 4th century and Roman columns.

The symbols of modern Milan are high-rise buildings – the Pirelli Tower 127 meters high and Velasca Tower 106 meters high as well as numerous shopping areas with chic boutiques and brand stores. Milan is the capital of world fashion, here famous Italian designers such as Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferrè and Gianni Versace started their career. Throughout the year all sorts of “fashion” shows are held in Milan. The boutiques of all the famous fashion houses can be found in the so-called “Quadrangle of Fashion”. The four corners of the Quadrangle are Via Montenapoleone, Via San Andrea, Via Manzoni and Via Della Spiga. A must-see is the shopping along Corso Buenos Aires, one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, which “flows” into the no less famous shopping streets of Corso Venezia and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, as well as along Corso di Porta Vittorio. In addition, in Milan and its suburbs there are a lot of outlet stores, where you can buy last season’s items of famous brands at considerable discounts. The most popular outlet center near Milan is MacArthur Glen outlet center in Seravalle Scivia, located 100 km southwest of Milan, on the border with Piedmont region. Milan is also known for its “nightlife” on Corso Como.

A few kilometers southeast of Milan is the largest Cistercian abbey in Italy, Chiaravalle. It was founded at the beginning of the 12th century by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In the only surviving church in the monastery you can see the 14th century frescoes by Tuscan masters describing the life of the Virgin Mary. Not far away is the Abbey of Viboldone with its beautiful 14th-century frescoes depicting the Last Judgment, painted by the Italian artist Giusto di Menabuoi. Milan is also very close to the Abbiategrasso with the Cistercian abbey of Morimondo (13th century) and the Ticino Nature Reserve, named after the Ticino River, a tributary of the Po; the city of Vigevano, capital of the Italian footwear, with its vast Piazza Ducale, whose design is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, and the summer residence of the Milanese monarchs, the 15th century Sforzesco Castle, designed by Bramante; and the city of Monza, with its famous Autodromo Grand Prix circuit, where Formula 1 has its round of races.

35 km south of Milan is Pavia, the capital of the medieval kingdom of Lombardy, which gave its name to the entire region. However, the city is known since Roman times. At that time it was called Titinum. The city acquired its present name under the Lombards at the end of the 6th century. The center of the Old City of Pavia is located the famous University of Pavia, which traces its history to the 9th century A.D. And it is famous for the fact that among its graduates was Christopher Columbus. Also in the old town you can find the Cathedral, the third largest dome in Italy. The cathedral was built between the 15th and 19th centuries under the direction of Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante. Nearby is the Romanesque church of San Michele of the 11th century where the Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa was crowned. Other places of interest in Pavia include the Basilica of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro where the remains of St. Augustine, the Roman philosopher Boetius and the Lombard king Lütprand, and which is mentioned in the “Divine Comedy” of Dante, can be found, the Gothic church of Santa Maria del Carmini and the Renaissance church of Santa Maria di Canepanova, the Romanesque towers scattered all over the city, and of course the Visconti castle of 1360, which served as the main residence of the lords of Milan (today it houses the Municipal Museum). To the north, the Castle Visconti is surrounded by a vast park that leads to what is probably the most important building of Pavia, the Carthusian monastery of Certosa di Pavia, which, according to legend, is linked to the castle by a secret underground passage. It is one of the most beautiful Renaissance structures in Italy. The monastery was founded in 1396 by the first Milanese duke of the Visconti family, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, as a ducal tomb of the Visconti family. The Gothic interior of the church is very beautiful, complete with beautiful frescoes by Ambrogio Bergognone.

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South of Pavia stretches the hills of Oltrepo Pavese, famous for its vineyards. The best Lombardy wines are produced here. The famous thermal spa of Salice Terme, based on the local hydrogen sulfide and salty springs, is also here.

Lake Como is located 40 km north of Milan at the foot of the Alps. It stretches from south to north for 46 km. It is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, up to 410 m deep. The lake is surrounded by mountain peaks of up to 2400 m, and on the banks of the lake stretched small towns, villages and old villas. In ancient times, Pliny the Younger had villas on the shores of Lake Como, and nowadays there are villas of world celebrities, including the villa of Gianni Versace, where he was killed and then buried. The largest population center of Lake Como is the city of Como . This is a more industrial town, so you can go here for excursions, and for rest is better to choose cozy resorts of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varena. Resorts have all the necessary facilities: hotels, restaurants, stores, public and private beaches, water sports centers.

From the northern tip of Lake Como to the east stretches the mountain valley Valtellina, one of the most beautiful areas of Lombardy, its main ski region and one of the largest wine regions in Italy. The valley is famous for its landscapes with glaciers, alpine rivers, lakes, meadows, gardens and vineyards, numerous hiking trails and historical monuments. The center of the valley is the town of Sondrio . In the northeastern part of the Valtellina lies the famous ski area of Alta Valtellina which includes resorts such as Bormio, Santa Caterina, Valdidentro and Livigno. All of them are located on the border of the largest national park in Italy, Stelvio. Here, on an area of 1307 square kilometers stand the majestic glaciers of the Ortles (3905 m) and the Cevedale (3769 m), picturesque valleys, dense forests, alpine lakes and rivers, old villages and medieval castles.

At 40 km north-east of Milan lies the city of Bergamo which consists of two parts: the Upper Town and the Lower Town. The fortified walls, rebuilt from Roman fortifications, paved streets and Renaissance buildings of the “Upper Town” (the Old Town) of Bergamo take the visitor back to the Middle Ages. In the modern part of Bregamo (“Lower Town”) there is the Accademia Carrara, containing one of the best Italian art galleries. It has a collection of 1,800 paintings dating from the 15th to 19th centuries (including works by Pisanello, Botticelli, Bellini, Matheny, Raphael Santi, Moroni, Bashenis, Galgario, Tiepolo, Canaletto and Piccio), works of Italian and foreign masters of the 20th century (Bocioni, Balla, Morandi, Campigli, Casorati, Savigno, De Chihiro, Kandinsky, Sutherland and Manzou) as well as drawings, engravings, sculptures, porcelain and antique furniture.

Also from Milan you can go on holiday to Lake Iseo and Garda, located near the eastern borders of Lombardy. Lake Iseo is a small foothill lake of 65 square kilometers. The tiny lake is more suitable for short holidays, mostly Italian people who are tired from the working week. The lake offers interesting excursions, including cruises, and the steady winds blowing from the mountain valleys allow windsurfing and sailing. Lake Garda is the biggest lake in Italy, with an area of 370 square kilometers, the most popular recreational lake and the cleanest lake in the country. It has sandy beaches, citrus and olive groves and vineyards along its coast. The picturesque landscapes and clear waters of the lake attract tourists from all over the world.

In the vicinity of these lakes are such medieval cities as Brescia and Mantua. Brescia is the second largest city of Lombardy, a major industrial and commercial center. The city has preserved the remains of Roman buildings and many medieval buildings, including the Castle of Cidney, which was built in the 12th century on the site of a Roman temple. The historic center of Mantua, with masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, is included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The city flourished during the reign of Gonzaga Dynasty (14-18th centuries) during which time Mantua became a center of art and architectural monuments built under the Gonzaga, still attract tourists here.

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Tours to the south-east of Cremona are also offered from Milan. It was made famous by the violin makers Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri. The Violin Academy, founded in Cremona in the 20th century, is now famous throughout the world. There are many violin museums in the city where the works of the great violin masters are on display. In addition, in Cremona are located such masterpieces of Romanesque-Gothic style as the Baptistery (12 century) and the Cathedral (12-13 centuries) with the Torazzo Bell Tower, which is one of the highest handmade bell towers in Europe (height – 113 m).

Milan

Milan (Italy) – the most detailed information about the city with photos. The main sights of Milan with descriptions, guides and maps.

The city of Milan (Italy).

Milan is the main city of Northern Italy and the capital of the region of Lombardy. It is a modern metropolis, which is considered the business and financial center of the country. Milan is the capital of fashion and business, the most stylish, expensive and wealthy city in Italy, which ranks on par with Paris and London for entertainment and shopping. But not only that the capital of Lombardy is famous for. You can see such famous sights as: the magnificent Duomo, Sforza Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where the legendary fresco “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is located, and many other no less interesting historical and cultural monuments.

If Rome is “old Italy”, then Milan is its modern symbol. Despite some similarities with typical Italian cities, it is very different architecturally and atmospherically. In Milan a different rhythm of life, the city itself is quite gray, as many buildings are built from limestone or dark stone, and in the architecture is noticeable influence of Austrian and French styles. But for all its seriousness Milan is still a fun and emotional Italy!

Things to do (Milan):

A walk through the eras of Milan

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A walk through the eras of Milan

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The first walk in Milan

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First tour of Milan

See the main sights and taste the excellent panzerotti on a sightseeing stroll

Geography and climate

Milan is located in northern Italy between the Po valley to the south and the foothills of the Alps to the north. In the immediate vicinity there are large picturesque lakes: Lake Como, Lugano and Maggiore.

On the streets of Milan

The streets of Milan

The climate is humid subtropical. Summer is hot, autumn is rainy, and winter is fairly mild with some frosts. In cold weather fogs are fairly common.

Tourist information

  1. Population – 1 366 thousand people.
  2. Area – 181.8 square kilometers.
  3. Official language is Italian.
  4. Currency – euros.
  5. Visa – Schengen.
  6. Time – Central European UTC +1, in summer +2.
  7. Museums and tourist attractions do not work on Mondays.
  8. The end of July and the first half of August is a traditional vacation time. During this time some small establishments and stores may close.

Best time to visit

Milan can be visited all year round. Despite the fact that in late fall and winter it is quite foggy and rainy. Very cool the city looks in the Christmas period. In summer Milan is quite hot and humid, so if you do not like the heat, it is better to choose spring or autumn to visit the main city of Lombardy.

History

Milan became part of the Roman Empire in the 2nd century BC. At that time the city was called Mediolanus. In the 4th century it competed with Rome for supremacy in the Western Roman Empire. But after a while it was destroyed by the Huns and the Ostgoths and fell into decline. In the 6th century the ancient Germanic tribe of Lombards settled there, which gave the name of the future region – Lombardy.

Milan's panorama

Milan’s panorama

In the 11th century the importance of Milan again increased. It became the capital of an independent state. Strengthening its position in the region did not please Frederick Barbarossa, who ravaged the city in 1162. Despite this, in 1176 the German king and Holy Roman Emperor was defeated and Milan received privileges which allowed it to become one of the richest cities in Europe. In 1277 the Guelphs and Ghibellines were victorious in the confrontation. Milan became a monarchy, with the Visconti family as ruling dynasty, succeeded by the Sforza family in 1450. During the Sforza period, the great Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante worked and lived in Milan.

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Duomo Square

Duomo Square

In the 15th century the Duchy of Milan was under the rule of the French, from 1540 to 1706 under the Spanish Kingdom. During this period there was economic and cultural stagnation. In the 18th century the city became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and was (with a short break) ruled by the Habsburgs until 1859. Milan became part of Italy in 1861. They even wanted to make it the capital, but in the end the ancient Rome was chosen. During World War II the city was pretty much destroyed.

How to get there

Milan has two international airports: Linate and Malpensa. The main international airport is Malpensa. From there you can get to the city center by train. Some budget airlines fly to Bergamo Airport.

Milan Central Station receives trains from most major cities in Italy: Turin, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice as well as from many European capitals and cities: Barcelona, Zurich, Geneva, Paris, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna, Prague. The railway station has access to the subway. Another important railway station is Cadorna. The express train from Malpensa airport stops here and also has subway access.

The streets of Milan

Streets of Milan

There is a popular saying that “all roads lead to Rome”. Well, all roads in northern Italy lead to Milan. The city has excellent transport accessibility. But it should be noted that the highways are toll roads.

Milan has a well-developed system of public transport: metro, streetcars and buses. There is a single ticket, which can be bought in special vending machines and tobacco kiosks. The fare is 1.5 euros. There are 4 metro lines: red, green, yellow and purple.

Shopping

Milan is one of the main centers of world shopping and fashion. Here you can find everything from fashion brands to the products of small design studios. The main shopping quarter is the Fashion Quadrangle, which is located between the Duomo, Piazza Cavour and Piazza San Babila. Most of the famous boutiques can be found in Via Montenapoleone, Della Spiga, Vittorio Emanuele, Sant’ Andrea, Porta Venezia and Manzoni. Near Milan there are five large outlet stores, where you can buy designer and branded goods with large discounts. The largest outlet is Serravalle. It is located an hour’s drive from Milan. Buses leave from the Sforza Castle.

Outlets in the outskirts of Milan

Outlets in the outskirts of Milan

Although Milan often follows fashion and modern trends, it is one of the outposts of traditional Italian cuisine. Avoid restaurants around the Duomo; they tend to be popular tourist spots, with low-quality food at inflated prices. Keep in mind that most restaurants charge an additional “service charge,” approximately 2 euros per customer.

Attractions

Although Milan is not the first city that many tourists associate with Italy, it boasts some wonderful sights and cultural monuments. For all its serious reputation as the fashionable, business and financial center of the country, it is a city rich in history and cultural heritage.

Duomo

Duomo

The Duomo, or cathedral of Santa Maria Nacente, is the symbol of Milan, located in the heart of the city in the square of the same name. It is one of the largest religious buildings in the world (holds about 40,000 people) and probably the most beautiful church in the Gothic style. The Duomo was built over 4 centuries from the 14th century. Its roof is topped with 135 spires and its facade is decorated with 2,245 marble statues. The modest interior, in striking contrast to the shiny and richly patterned exterior, makes a strong impression with its 52 giant columns. The Duomo’s stained glass windows and nave are the largest in the world. Inside you can see the 1200 bronze candelabrum, the tomb of Giacomo de Medici and the reliquary of San Carlo Borromeo. A very atmospheric walk on the roof of the Duomo, from where on clear days one can see the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. Near the central aisle is the entrance under the ground, where you can see the foundations of an ancient 4th century basilica and baptistery, discovered during the construction of the subway. Entrance to the Cathedral is free. Important: It is forbidden to wear short skirts, shorts or open shoulders.

Victor Emmanuel II Gallery

Gallery of Victor Emmanuel II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – located a bit away from the Duomo and connects the cathedral square with Piazza La Scala. It was built in the 1970s and at the time was the largest shopping gallery in Europe. There are expensive boutiques and elegant cafes. The gallery is a magnificent example of 19th century architecture.

La Scala

La Scala

La Scala – one of the most famous opera houses in the world is located in a rather inconspicuous building on a small square. Accommodates 2,800 spectators. Season lasts from December to May.

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie is a 15th-century brick Gothic church with an early Renaissance dome by Bramante. It is world famous for Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper”. Unfortunately, the church and the fresco were damaged in bombing raids during World War II. Leonardo’s fresco was painted in the refectory of the former Dominican monastery in the late 15th century. Unfortunately, Da Vinci’s fresco is constantly being destroyed and restored (Leonardo painted the fresco on damp plaster).

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Sforza Castle

Sforza Castle

Sforza Castle is one of the main attractions of Milan, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle was built in the 14th century and was the main residence of the rulers of Milan – Visconti and Sforza. Now there is a magnificent museum with such rarities as the last masterpiece by Michelangelo, paintings by Bellini, Correggio, Mantegna, Berggone, Foppa, Lotto, Tintoretto, Egyptian and other antiquities, medieval weapons. In front of the 70-meter high Torre de Filaret is a large fountain built under Mussolini. Behind the castle is the large neoclassical Park Sempione, one of the favorite places of Milanese.

Cinque Vie Historic District

Cinque Vie Historic District

The Cinque Vie historic district is the oldest part of Milan, between Piazza Cordusio, Via Meravigli and Via Orefici. The area is full of Roman archaeological sites, such as the theater, the imperial palace and the imperial mint. Moreover, there are many ancient churches, such as Santa Maria alla Porta (Baroque gem of Milan), San Sebastiano, San Giorgio el Palazzo, Santa Maria Podone, San Maurizio el Monastero Maggiore.

Church of San Maurizio

Church of San Maurizio

San Maurizio is a Baroque church whose interior is considered the most beautiful among the religious structures of Milan. It was built in the early 16th century for a Benedictine convent. Inside the church is painted with beautiful frescoes by the best masters of Lombardy. The monastery was built on the ruins of the ancient Roman circus and walls. There is now an archaeological museum that introduces Milan of the Roman period.

Pinacoteca Brera

Pinacoteca Brera

The Pinacoteca Brera is a 17th-century Renaissance palace that originally housed a Jesuit school. Now it is one of the best art museums in Italy. Paintings by the best artists of Lombardy and disciples of da Vinci, Venetian masters, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso and many others are on display here.

Sant'Ambrogio

Sant’Ambrogio

Sant’Ambrogio is one of the oldest churches of Milan, founded in the 4th century by St. Ambrose, who is the patron of the city. The church is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. It was built in the 12th century around the choir of an earlier ninth-century church. Remarkable is the ancient 9th century altar, located among those built during the Carolingian period.

Monument of Cimitero

Monument of Chimitero

The Cimitero Monument is a monumental late 18th century cemetery known for its rich tombstones and Art Nouveau sculptures.

Da Vinci Museum

Da Vinci Museum

The Da Vinci Museum is the national museum of science and technology located in a former monastery building. Of particular interest is the Leonardo da Vinci gallery with working models of many of his inventions and machines created from his drawings and blueprints. Also on display here are the instruments used by Galileo, Newton and Volta.

Naviglio

Naviglio

Naviglio is an atmospheric place in the canal area of the same name with many restaurants and clubs.

Sant'Eustorgio

Sant’Eustorgio

Sant’Eustorgio is a 12th century Romanesque basilica with a beautiful high bell tower. Nearby is another church, San Lorenzo Maggiore, dating from the early Christian period. The Renaissance dome was added in 1574, the mosaics in the chapel of St. Aquilinas date back to the 4th century. In front of the church is a portico of sixteen Corinthian columns, which is the largest surviving monument of the Roman period.

Peace Arch

The Arch of Peace

The Arch of Peace is an interesting example of Neoclassical architecture. This triumphal arch was built in the first half of the 18th century and is located in the center of a large square behind the Sforza Castle and Park. Construction of the arch was begun under Napoleon Bonaparte, but was completed after his defeat at Waterloo by the Austrian monarch Francis I, who dedicated it to peace.

Santa Maria del Carmine Church

Church of Santa Maria del Carmine

Santa Maria del Carmine is a red-brick church of the Carmelite order built in the 13th century. The church was destroyed in a fire in the 14th century and abandoned. It was rebuilt in the 15th century by Antonio Solari. It is an interesting example of Lombard neo-Gothic.

San Lorenzo Basilica

Basilica of San Lorenzo

The Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore (St. Lawrence) is a Renaissance style church with an ancient baptistery and a 12th century Romanesque bell tower. The church was founded in the 4th century and is one of the oldest in Milan. There are late antique mosaics and some Roman columns.

Church of San Babila

Church of San Babila

San Babila is a brick church founded in the 11th century. The baroque 16th-century building was rebuilt in the 19th century in the style of the original medieval appearance. The neo-Romanesque bell tower was completed in the 1930s of the 20th century.

Velasca Tower

Velasca Tower

The Velasca Tower is an interesting example of civil engineering. It is a 106-meter skyscraper with an unusual architectural form.

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