What to do in Milan: 5 sightseeing original ideas to explore the city
You probably know Milan as the capital of Made in Italy, fashion and design, and in the past as a major industrial city. You can still appreciate the coexistence between the evidence of a past season – brownfield sites, industrial archaeology masterpieces, etc. and the signs of a vital reality -, research and production centres.
You might have heard that it takes time, dedication and passion to know the hidden treasures of the city, but actually, you’ll just need to know where to look! That’s why we prepared several itineraries to walk you through Milan and all its mysteries! Want to know more?
The free tours are part of the linguistic and cultural learning program. In fact, your guide will be your Italian teacher (also qualified tourist guide). The best way to learn a language is certainly to immerse yourself in the culture of the country, that’s why by studying at ELLCI you will have the opportunity to know the city of Milan and its surroundings through historical and fascinating itineraries.
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We will discover the legacy of architects and artists of the early XX century. Iron, reinforced concrete and glass, innovative tools back in time, outlined a new profile of the city and became one of the hallmarks of Milano.
We will visit together with the Monumental Cemetery, built by Carlo Maciachini in 1863, the Civic Aquarium, Casa Laugier, Casa Galimberti, Palazzo Castiglioni and much more …
Milano’s water features
This itinerary is devoted to the city’s water sculptures, the memory of past rivers, canals, fountains, and springs.
Milan has 74 fountains, some designed by famous artists (De Chirico, Cascella, Sassu, etc.) and architects (Bridges, Rossi, Caccia Dominioni, etc.). We will visit together with the most characteristic symbols of the city: from the Piermarini sculpture to the “spouses Cake” in Piazza Castello.
Milan, along with a few other cities in Europe can boast the presence of nearly all architectural styles in history. From Renaissance to Gothic and Romanesque, to go back to the Carolingian period and early Christian. In addition to the famous Santa Maria Nascente, better known as the Duomo, we will visit the basilicas of Sant’Ambrogio, Sant’Eustorgio and San Lorenzo Maggiore, and the churches of Santa Maria delle Grazie and San Maurizio del Monastero Maggiore dedicated to the most important figures of that period: the bishops.
Architecture and Monuments
In the town of Milan, there is a monumental wealth among the finest in Italy. Together we will visit modern architecture skyscrapers (the Vertical Forest, New Gate, etc.), buildings (Castello Sforzesco, Loggia dei Mercanti, Royal Palace) and monuments (The Arch of Peace, Columns of San Lorenzo, the Canals and the Darsena).
Museums and Galleries
Milan has an excellent network of museums both civic (under the municipality of Milan) and private. Here are some of the museums we will be visiting:
The Gallerie d’Italia in a complex of magnificent historic buildings between Via Manzoni and Piazza della Scala; Hangar Bicocca, a 1903 industrial structure converted into a space dedicated to contemporary art since 2004; Museo del Novecento considered one of Italy’s most beautiful museums of contemporary art and Castello Sforzesco that also houses art exhibits.