Founded in 1618, the Ambrosiana Art Gallery in central Milan was created to inspire and encourage up-and-coming Italian artists. Over the years the large collection of art has grown, thanks to many generous private donations. Highlights include a wood panel painting by Leonardo da Vinci, sculptures, art collections, portraits and work by leading artists such as Botticelli and Caravaggio. The Bibliotecca Ambrosiana library is also housed here.
Casa degli Omenoni
The so-called by the Milanese "Casa degli Omenoni" is a typical building dating from the 5th century which once was the house of Leone Leoni, one of the first art collectors in Milan.
The huge statues of the building's facade have been made by Antonio Abbondio.
My Favorite Designer Outlet in Milan
Open: daily 10am-12.30pm & 3-7pm, except Wed & Sat, 10am-7pm.
This warehouse-like outlet stocks every designer you can imagine - yes, including American designers.
The first room (as you enter) on the ground floor is where you'll find the high-end designer merchandise.
And this is where you'll find literally hysterical women (not kidding) busily grabbing away at the heavily discounted Marni (Giorgio Armani), Prada etc outfits at this legendary store - as if they were free!
During their sale, you may want to camp outside the boutique overnight as prices here are known to be slashed further by as much as 70% over and above the original heavily discounted prices! I'm serious.
For example, a Pucci blouse costs EUR 1,000. Here at Il Salvagente, I bought a Pucci blouse for approx EUR 100! (Yes, I almost fainted... with excitement). The rest of the store is organized by pants, blouses, dresses, etc. The second floor is where you can find men's stuffs. Pack your boyfriend/ hubby off to the second floor (so that he won't give you one of his 'killer stares' at the number of outfits you'll be buying!). I recently bought a Prada skirt here for EUR 129 (the original was going for close to EUR 1,000). By the time you (the tourist) find out about this amazing store, you'll be choosing from all the left-overs. The Milanese women would have grabbed the best of the best on the first day of Sale!
My new resolution? To work faster than the Milanese women so that I can grab some good buys. ;-)) CASH or AMEX cards are accepted here only (sorry, Visa and Mastercard not accepted). Duh.
If you happen to be there a couple of weeks before their Annual Sale (January + July), you may wish to be extra-nice to the sales assistants and politely ask them to offer you some discount. Yes, they DO offer regular customers a pre-sale discount of 30% all the time and it really is up to you to ask.
I’ve done that successfully at stores like Prada, Miu Miu & Roberto Cavalli.
Please remember this one IMPORTANT thing before you ask for the all-important discount: "When in Milano, do as the Milanese do – dress up to go shopping". I mean it - everyone here (men and women) ooze with charisma and fabulous fashion sense. You won't find them wearing sneakers/ track shoes or shorts to go shopping. No, the Milanese are definitely not snooty people. They are just so well brought up to look, act and dress in a refine way, ya know?
The women here NEVER leave home without make-up. Don't ask. It's soooo CHEAP... your boyfriend/ husband will definitely bring you on a world tour (with the savings/ money that you didn't spent)! ;-))
Subway: The colours of Milan
Milan has a fast and safety subway transportation. Subways are usefull to travell in Milan and around Milan. The cost is 1 euro and the ticket can be used for 75 minutes.
The different line of metro can be recognize by the different colours.
The most famous stop is called Duomo because you stop in the Duomo square in front of the "DUOMO DI MILANO".
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Absolutely not by car. It is...
Absolutely not by car. It is (may also be) dangerous to ride a bicycle. The
best way to get there is by train.
In Milan, the underground and your own feet are the best solution.
The tramway in the picture is the oldest connection between Milan and Monza. Now there is a very traffic road