Milan in one day? If that’s all the time you have to visit a big city like Milan, don’t despair! Obviously, you won’t be able to see everything in the Lombard capital, but by focusing your visit in the historic center, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll be able to see and do!
Piazza del Duomo
Without a shadow of a doubt, Piazza del Duomo in Milan is a must-see! This square is the symbol of the city. Here lies the cathedral of the Madunnina, known throughout the world, located at the top of the Gothic Cathedral. The rectangular square is one of the largest squares in Italy. In the center, we find the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II along with the gallery and the Archbishop’s Palace. Many architectural styles and historic buildings, dating back to different historical periods, frame the heart of the city of Milan.
Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
The famous gallery is the connection between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala. It was built in the 19th century and today it is called the “living room of Milan” with its luxury and local shops. This gallery is characterized by stained glass windows, beautiful floors and mosaics. On the central octagon of the gallery, we find a large and beautiful mosaic depicting a bull, a symbol of strength. Recently, the gallery has opened up a rooftop walkway.
The Museo del Novecento
If you are interested in visiting museums, the Museo del Novecento also resides in the Piazza del Duomo. The Arengario Palace houses this museum and its numerous Italian works of art dating back to the 20th century. It was created with the intent to introduce the art of the twentieth century period and appreciate the works of the Milanese collections. Furthermore, the museum is committed to the preservation, study and cultural promotion of the period. Inside the museum, the large, spiral staircase leads to the upper levels and a spectacular view of Milan.
There are so many things to visit and admire in Milan. If you decide to venture slightly away from the Piazza del Duomo, you’ll find a sea of art, culture and so much more. Just two examples of many are the Church of San Bernardino alle Ossa (a true masterpiece of architecture) or the famous “Sistine Chapel of Milan” at the Monastero Maggiore.