The heart of Milan
This tour will let you discover the Best of Milan!
Let’s start with Duomo cathedral, one of the biggest churches in the world. Its construction lasted more than 400 hundreds of years, and its strictly linked to the history of Milan. Wanted by the powerful Visconti Family, who began it in 1386, it went on with the Sforza, as well as during the Spanish government, the Austrian and the French ones, it was Napoleon indeed, who wanted to complete the façade, finished only in 1813. Anyway, by the time it was completed, it already needed to be renovated! So, you’ll always see some scaffoldings and some works here.
With its massive architecture, that combines different stiles, its many pinnacles, each one topped by a statue and its fantastic decorations, that look like an embroidered-work, the Duomo stands out for its beauty and its enormous volume. Inside its huge with its many columns, as well as statues, altars and stained-glass windows. Underground there is an archeological museum, that houses the rests of what was here before the construction of the cathedral, i.e. The Basilica of Santa Tecla, as well as the Baptistery of Saint John, and many others. After visiting it inside and underground, we will reach the rooftop of the Duomo, either by lift or on foot, where you can enjoy a great view of Milan and the surrounding area, and where you will feel like in a forest of marble!
Coming down from the Duomo terrace, we will cross the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the elegant covered passage that joins the Duomo with the Scala Square, the very first Shopping Mall of Milan, built at the end of the 19th century, with its expensive cafes and restaurants, and its luxurious shop-windows! The Galleria is an amazing place, and nowadays you can even climb on its rooftop, and walk on it, to enjoy another great view of the city as well as to see its particular covering, highly technological at the time it was built!
Last but not least we will reach the Scala Square, with the Statue of Leonardo da Vinci in the middle, and the beautiful façade of one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Built at the end of the 18th century, the Scala was renovated many times and it even suffered the bombings of World War II, but after the last refurbishing at the beginning of the 21st century, it stands out again nowadays for its great acoustic and the many famous singers, as well as dancers and orchestra directors that perform on its stage. Here we will have the chance to admire the opera house, standing in one of the many boxes to admire the stage – sometimes we can even see the rehearsals! After discovering the history of La Scala, we will visit the small but rich museum, full of music instruments, as well as objects that belonged to the box owners or to the artists, many portraits of famous singers, dancers and composers as well, who worked here.