If you come on a visit to Milan for Expo 2015 take the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful monuments of Milan. Here’s a list of five monuments in Milan not to be missed!
1 – La galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a covered passage that connects Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Scala and through the two short arms perpendicular to the main one, two side streets, Silvio Pellico and via Ugo Foscolo. The gallery was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and built in a style typical of the second half of Milan. The decorative statues are partly covered by the sculptor Pietro Magni. Heavily damaged in the bombing British aircraft in August 1943, the gallery was rebuilt after the war. Inside are now home to many shops prestigious brands, as well as popular bars, restaurants and luxury hotels SevenStars Gallery. It is considered, with Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, one of the venues of luxury shopping in Milan.
2 – Il Duomo di Milano – Milan Cathedral
Milan Cathedral is a church symbol of Milan and one of the most representative monuments of Italian heritage. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente is located in the piazza Duomo, in the center of the metropolis. And ‘the fourth cathedral of Europe area, after St. Peter, St. Paul’s in London and the Cathedral of Seville. It is the most important church of the Archdiocese of Milan and is home of the parish of Santa Tecla in Milan Cathedral.
3 – Piazza Gae Aulenti e l’Unicredit Tower
The modern square Gae Aulenti has a circular shape with a diameter of 100 meters and is situated in the north of Milan. Raised to 6 meters above the street level, was designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli. The square was inaugurated in 2012 and dedicated to the architect and designer Gae Aulenti. Dominating the square is the Unicredit Tower the ultramodern skyscraper occupied by the Italian bank Unicredit. From the square you can also enjoy a great view of Milan. In the background can be seen the palace of the Lombardy Regional Council, the Diamond Tower, the Pirelli Tower and all the new buildings of the modern city of Milan.
4 – The Peace Arch
The Peace Arch is a triumphal arch in Milan and is located just outside of Sempione Park, in the center of Milan. The work was designed by Luigi Cagnola in 1807. The project was abandoned with the fall of the Kingdom of Italy, when the work was now almost finished and several statues were already over, such as those of History and Poetry, performed by the neoclassical Louis Purchases . He was then taken up in 1826 under the Habsburg Emperor Francis I of Austria, who dedicated it to Peace that brought together the various European powers in 1815.
5 – The Sforza Castle
The Sforza Castle is one of the main symbolic places of Milan and its history. The castle was built in the fifteenth century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the ruins of an earlier fortification of the fourteenth century known as Castrum Doors Jovis (Castle door Jupiter or Zobia). Over the centuries the architectural work has changed considerably. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was a major military citadels in Europe. Currently it is the seat of important cultural institutions and tourist destination. Outside the castle lies the lavish Sempione Park, which is also a tourist destination and gathering place of the Milanese.