Is Milan, the Fashion Capital of Italy, your next vacation destination on Italian itinerary? This wonderful city has remained a source of constant inspiration for millions of fashionistas from world over. Being a prominent business-cum-leisure destination, Milan has also been attracting large number of business travelers and tourists from various parts of the globe. Whether you are visiting the city for the first time or a frequent visitor, Milan continues to be stunning as ever.
Here are some of the fascinating facts that remain undiscovered and you just wanted to know. If you are traveling on a long-haul flight with a stopover in Milan, did you ever know that some of the biggest landmarks and places in the city can be explored within a day! Visitors, who are on a brief visit to Milan, say for a couple of days, would be thrilled to know that top attractions in the city can be visited just within 24 hours or a single day. “The Last Supper” fresco of renowned painter Leonardo da Vinci is the biggest attraction in the city which can be explored just in 15 minutes. The spired Duomo is yet another major attraction which offers panoramic views of Milan from its roof. The visitors can visit the Pinacoteca di Brera to have a glimpse of the amazing Italian masterpieces on display here on the same day. After visiting all these attractions, there’s still plenty of time left for you to visit the nearby shopping district to make your purchases. All this can be, of course, done within a single day.
The visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” fresco though may last for only 15 minutes, but do you know that visiting here might prove be difficult unless you purchased your tickets months in advance. Foreign tourists, here’s an advice for you. Consider booking your tickets online for seeing “The Last Supper” fresco along with your flight tickets to Milan. If you however miss out buying your tickets or they have already been sold out, consider booking a guided tour to Milan that also includes a visit to “The Last Supper”.
The Italian city of Venice is renowned for its umpteen canals. But did you ever know that Milan also has canals. The city, which was home to many canals in yesteryears, still has two canals existing today. Both the canals are situated in the Navigli district. During the summers, you can hire boats for touring the two canals.
Milan is renowned world over as Italy’s fashion capital. But do you know that Milan is also a thriving economic center in Italy. Over 8 percent of businesses in Italy have their headquarters in Milan. The city is a prime destination for tradeshows. The FieraMilano exhibition centre is among the largest tradeshow venue in the world.
Do you know that Milan is home to the world’s first shopping mall “Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II”. The glass-covered Galleria was founded in 1877 and is among the first examples of an indoor shopping center that are seen in today’s modern shopping malls.
You will be surprised to know that the world’s fifth largest cathedral “Duomo” is situated in Milan. Popularly called the Milan Cathedral, the Duomo is quite huge when compared to other cathedrals. In terms of area in square footage, the Duomo is the largest cathedral in Italy. The visitors here are allowed to walk on its roof, which many cathedrals don’t allow in any case. The rook of the Milan Cathedral can be accessed via its long staircase or an elevator. The uppermost roof cannot be however reached through the elevator. Climbing the long staircase is therefore the best way to reach the roof top. Walking around the spires on a clear day will indeed be thrilling as you will be fascinated to see the Alps from here.
Yet another fascinating aspect of Milan is that you can enjoy of your dinner in a moving tram. It’s amazing to see the tram in Milan being transformed into a mobile restaurant. The ATMosfera dinner tram has been made into a small boutique restaurant where you will see the chefs preparing meals in the tiny kitchen on board the tram. The unique feature of the tram is that it doesn’t stop along its route for picking up the passengers. If you want to enjoy a tour on the ATMosfera dinner tram, then you must book your table well in advance.
Do you know that the largest soccer stadium in Italy is situated in Milan? The “San Siro” soccer stadium is quite huge and presently functions as the headquarters of the top two Italian soccer teams. The stadium has a seating capacity of more than 80,000 spectators. The stadium is among the biggest in Europe and is a popular venue for outdoor concerts during the summer.