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Milan classic city tour


If you come to Milan and you wish to have someone help you discover the city, not just by showing you the highlights but by making you live the Milan lifestyle, then you should take our classic visit. Life in Italy takes place on a daily basis in the city squares, and Milan is no exception. People gather in the Duomo square to meet friends, to watch important sport and culture events on maxi-screens, and even the businessmen walk to the Duomo-square when they have a break. Standing in the Duomo-square, you are surrounded by history. The statue is of the first king of Italy, and the Galleria is named after him: Vittorio Emanuele II. The Duomo-square was redesigned after the unification of Italy, and was a gift made from the inhabitants of Milan to the new king. The Duomo (cathedral) is one of the largest churches in the world and is made of noble marble, transported from a quarry about fifty miles away near Lake Maggiore to a port behind the cathedral, which is no longer visible. The Lord of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, encouraged the building in 1386, in order to compete with the rest of European buildings, In fact it was the biggest church of that era. It is a gothic church built on top of former churches and baptisteries, where St. Augustine was baptized by Saint Ambrose. The Duomo has 3400 statues and 135 spires, and the ‘Madonnina’ is on top. We can observe its beauty by taking the elevator and walking upon the roof-top, where, when it is good weather, you can take a breathtaking view of Milan and the surrounding Alps. The tour then continues with a walk through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; it is an elegant, glass-covered link between the Duomo and La Scala, nicknamed ‘the living room’ of Milan because of its elegant shops, restaurants and cafés. The ‘Bitter Campari” drink was invented in a Galleria-café. On the other side of La Galleria there is the La Scala square. We continue to the ‘Merchant square’, the center of medieval Milan, and then on to the Sforza Castle, built in the 14.th century for defensive purposes. During the 15th century it was rebuilt and became one of the most sumptuous courts of the Renaissance period. Ludovico il Moro Sforza housed here some of the best artists of the time, including Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante. Nowadays the Castle is a huge square brick building with courtyards and museums where we can see Michelangelo’s last, unfinished “Pietà”.


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