Milan - The Modern City
Updated: May 25, 2018
When you think of Milan Italy, you think of fashion. Of course, because it is Italy's fashion capital and one of the world's largest fashion centers of the world and Italy's financial district. Unlike most cities in Italy, Milano has more of a New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris feel to it all wrapped up into giant peace of eye candy. With trolly cars, metro rails, buses and cars, the busy it's hard to imagine this town ever standing still. The monumental duomo is a dead giveaway of how gothic times were prevelant. Dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity (Santa Maria Nascente), the cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. No wonder millions of people flock there to see this marvelous wonder.
Like the rest of Italy, Milan is dog friendly so take your pooch for a walk, a little shopping, and a bite to eat. You both will have an unforgettable experience! One of the Travel Hogz Travel Dog was certainly up for a fun filled day of new terrain!
AWSOME THINGS TO SEE & DO
Directly across is from the cathedral is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This is Italy's oldest shopping mall and historical landmark which displays patriotism to 4 countries dedicated to the unification of Italy. The construction alone without mentioning the high end shops such as Prada, LouisVuitton, Gucci and more is the draws you in like a moth to a flame. Dinning in luxury, shopping at the best of the best with a Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive but better vibe, this covered mall packs a historical bang. The mosaic floor in the Victor Emmanuel II Grand Gallery built around 1870 for the unification of italy. The Gallery now a shoppers dream is patriotic. The she wolf of Romulus & Remus honors Rome, the national capital. But the favorite is the Torino or little bull. It represents the city of Turin. It’s supposed to be good luck if you spin on his little testicles soooooo...... Travel Hogzs Just couldn't resist!
THINGS TO SEE & DO IN MILAN
The Last Supper:
Aside from shopping till you drop in the fashion district, and remembering to protect your purse and pockets from pick pickpocketers, you can see historical places that will leave an everlasting memory of Milan. The last supper original painting by Leonardo Di Vinci on the walls of the church Santa Maria delle Grazie. You must book ahead to see this masterpiece and trying to book after you are there is quite the scarcity to gain a ticket. Try booking it when you plan to go to Milan months prior. Once you get there, you will be placed in a dehumidifying chamber for a few minutes in order to protect the precious but fading artwork. The Hogz tried booking while in Milan and they were only able to get an appointment in July. Sadly enough they had to pass but passing on the information will help their fellow travelers.
Cemetario Monumentale Di Milano:
This is a monumental cemetery with graves Dating back as far as 1828. There is more than one grave inside of these tombs. Sometimes up to 5 to 6 members of one family inside of one grave. Albert Einstein's father was buried in this very same cemetery. This is a highly recommended place to see! It will take your breath away...well figuratively speaking.
If you are a castle lover then Milan has a great Castle turned museum which the Travel Hogz couldn't resist. Fortunately, it was one day was no charge for the tickets so they embarked upon free entry. Check when the museums are free because there are often certain days for free entry and you can use the extra money for other excursions or the extra scoop of gelato! Sforza Castle was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. There is one particular room where medieval rugs are hung from the ceiling, but don't get caught taking videos or photos because the museum police are there to put a stop to it. The Castle houses some of the oldest relics from that time. Parco Sempione is the largest park in Milan and is also worth a visit. It is just behind Sforza Castle so a visit to the museum can be easily complimented for a romantic stroll in this gorgeous park. Like VR??? Well, the Castle has Beyond the Castle VR. Travel Hogz weren't able to book a time while staying in Milan, but if you are thinking of going and want to do VR castle style, plan ahead!