Symbol of the city and an expression of Gothic architecture, it was founded in 1386. Embellished with 3,400 statues, the most famous being the Madonnina on the main spire that is 108.5 m. high. Inside, the cathedral is divided into a nave and four aisles separated by 52 giant columns. The polychrome windows dating from the 15th – 16th century are quite remarkable. Visits can be made to the crypt, the treasures of the cathedral and the adjoining Cathedral Museum. A visit to the walkways on the roof is fascinating (by stairs or lift).
It is the world's most prestigious Opera House; it was built in 1778 by Piermarini, in simple neo-classic style. The interior, with its tasteful neo-classic décor, can seat 3000 spectators; the magnificent Bohemian.crystal chandelier has 365 lights, one for each day of the year. The opera and ballet season runs from 7 December to 19 July. An interesting Museum is attached to the theatre.
Built in about 1368 by Galeazzo II Visconti, it was rebuilt in 1450 by Francesco Sforza with the assistance of great architects; Filarete, Ferrini Gadio. During the time of Ludovico il Moro, it was one of the most magnificent courts of Europe and both Leonardo Da Vinci and Bramante worked there. Left in ruins, it was restored at the beginning of the 1900’s by L. Beltrami. It is a huge four-sided building with towers, merlons and large windows and it is surrounded by a moat. It houses the municipal museums.
The church is one of the most important buildings of the Italian Renaissance. It was built between 1466 and 1490 by G. Solari in the Gothic-Lombard styles and in 1492, Bramante added the apse, cloister and sacristy. The church has a nave and two aisles and in the Presbytery there is a beautiful choir-stall of inlaid wood dating back to the 15th – 16th century. On the right of the square outside the church, there is a building housing “The Last Supper”, the famous fresco painted by Leonardo Da Vinci between 1495 and 1497 and recently restored (1995).
Milan has a great number of bars and night-clubs where visitors can listen to music, drink, eat and even dance. Many of these places are located in the Navigli district, which still represents a very popular area of the city. Fascinating corners of old Milan can still be found here such as Vicolo Lavandai and the traditional architecture of Milanese houses with wrought iron railings.