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Once the stomping grounds of master artist Leonardo Da Vinci, Milan is renowned as a global capital of fashion and design. This northern Italian city is home to grand palazzos and ornate historic churches that date back to the Roman Empire. Aside from museum hopping, dining out at a cozy osteria, and knocking back espressos at a posh grand cafe like a true Milanese, watching a football match at the San Siro Stadium should also be part of your bucket list of things to do in Milan.

Duomo di Milano

The Milan Cathedral is the fourth largest church in the world, first built in 1386 and completed after 579 years in 1965. This iconic structure can be seen towering over Piazza del Duomo with its contrasting architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Renaissance and Neoclassical. The roof of Duomo di Milano is famous for its dense grid of spires and pinnacles held up by flying buttresses. The cathedral, including the baptistery and rooftop terrace, is open daily but the museum is closed on Wednesdays.
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Located at Piazza del Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an ornate, four-story double arcade that has been an active shopping mall since 1877. The Galleria features intricate mosaic floors, elegant glass domes and is lined with luxury emporiums and restaurants showcasing Milanese style and wealth. Must-see Milan attractions Duomo di Milano and the Teatro alla Scala are connected by the Galleria passage. The arcade’s common areas are open day and night, however, the establishments have fixed operating hours.
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Sforzesco Castle

The Sforzesco Castle was built in the 15th century on the ruins of a fortification and later expanded into one of the largest citadels in Europe. The castle takes its name from the powerful Sforza family who ruled Milan for two centuries. The Sforzas collected Renaissance masterpieces and even commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to paint frescoes in several rooms. Priceless art collections can be seen all over the Sforzesco Castle and in the various museums within the Piazza Castello, right beside Sempione Park.
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Teatro alla Scala

La Scala is a world-famous opera house and ballet theater located in Piazza della Scala, just across Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Since its inauguration in 1778, renowned maestros, singers, and ballerinas have graced its stage with critically-acclaimed performances. Arturo Toscanini, one of the great virtuoso conductors of the 20th century served as music director of La Scala at various times. Within the Teatro alla Scala is a museum that houses a collection of costumes, musical instruments, drafts, paintings, and portraits commemorating the opera’s grand history.
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