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5 Activities & Sights in Milan, Italy

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Milan Taylor Carnazza1. Duomo di Milano

This cathedral is a major attraction to those visiting or those who pursue an internship in Milan with CEA. With architectural styles encompassing Italian Gothic, Neoclassical, and Gothic Revival aspects, it is truly a sight to see. Viewing this landmark from the ground is magnificent alone. If you’re looking for an even more breathtaking experience, tickets can be purchased to enter the rooftop of Duomo di Milano. Here you will get a panoramic view of the heart of Milan. 

2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II 

While you are already at the cathedral, it will be hard to miss the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This major landmark built between 1865-1867 is known to be Italy’s oldest shopping mall that is still in business today. With its grandiose structure and detailed architecture, this is not your typical mall by any means. Brand names such as Gucci, CHANEL, Prada, and TOD’s live in this mall, to name a few. 

3. Aperitivo; Feel Like a Local 

While it is interesting to see the well-known sites of Milan (or any city for that matter), it’s also nice to get away from the chaos of tourist attractions. Around 6 p.m., the locals get into “aperitivo-mode.” This tradition takes place in several European countries and is the best time to socialize and have a small bite to eat. It is always good to experience how locals live life, no matter what city you are visiting. So, get to know some of the locals in Milan and enjoy classic Italian cuisine!

4. Brera District 

Sometimes, it can be overwhelming or stressful trying to find the best places to visit within a city. The Brera District is the perfect spot to go to without a plan. There, you will find museums like the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Museo del Risorgimento, a botanical garden, and antique shopping opportunities. This district is filled with character and art that will certainly be admired by anyone who visits. Plan a day (or don’t!) to get lost in Brera! 

5. Santa Maria delle Grazie (translated to “Holy Mary of Grace”) 

Construction on this Roman Catholic church and Dominican convent in the city of Milan started in 1463 and continued until the end of the 15th century. It is also home to the remarkable masterpiece painted by Leonardo da Vinci -- The Last Supper. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this landmark is among those chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization because of its historic, scientific, or cultural importance.

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