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    Monument to Leonardo

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 28, 2014

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    Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, musician, architect, mathematician, engineer, anatomist, writer, botanist, cartographer, inventor. He was perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived, perhaps the greatest minds in human history.
    Much of his earlier working life Leonardo was spent in the service of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, who is better known as Ludovico il Moro. Ludovico Sforza is probably best known as the man who commissioned "The Last Supper", mural painting by Leonardo in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
    Leonardo worked in Milan from 1482 until 1499 and was employed on many different projects for Ludovico il Moro.
    The monument was erected in 1872, sculpted by Pietro Magni, in honour of Leonardo who spent 17 years of his working life in Milano. Leonardo standing on a pedestal surrounded by his four favorite students.

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    Tempio della Vittoria

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 28, 2014

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    In memory of the sacrifice of over ten thousand Milanese who perished in World War I, this Victory Temple was erected in 1927-1930 after a design by Giovanni Muzio. The marble sanctuary is in the shape of an octagonal tower and is situated near the barracks of Gariibaldi. The monuments commemorates citizens of Milano who fell in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto in 1918.
    The temple is situated right behind the complex of Sant' Ambrogio, in Piazza Sant'Ambrogio.

    Tempio della Vittoria
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    Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 28, 2014

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    Equestrian monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, work of Ercole Rosa, is situated in Piazza del Duomo, right in front of the Cathedral. It is one of the most favorite meeting points for the locals, but not only, the pigeons like it even more.
    Vittorio Emanuele II (1820-1878) was the King of Sardinia and in 1861 he assumed the title King of Italy, becoming the first king of united Italy. The Italians usually call him Padre della Patria (father of the homeland). Vittorio Emanuele II was the symbol of "Risorgimento", the Italian unification movement. He was very popular and respected king because of his liberal reforms and every Italian town has a monument to their beloved king...

    Statua di Vittorio Emanuele II
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    Baslica di Sant'Eufemia

    by croisbeauty Written Jan 26, 2014

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    Basilica di Santa Eufemia was probably founded around 472 by Bishop San Senatore da Settala, of which the remains are preserved in the church. The church was then rebuilt in the 15th century and then handled in the following centuries, thanks to the interventions of important maecenas. In 1870 the architect Terzaghi created the current high central hall, by eliminating three bays.
    The church interior is decorated in neo-Gothic style, has four side chapels, valuable frescoes and paintings and sculptures. Tomba Brasca (Brasco Tomb) is in particularly valuable, work of sculptor Cristoforo Solari detto il Gobbo (called the hunchback)....

    Basilica di Sant'Eufemia Basilica di Santa Eufemia

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    Further Afield

    by antistar Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    Within an hour or so train journey from Milan are a number of interesting towns and cities. Pavia is an historic nearby town that used to be the capital of the region during the years when Milan was a fading star. The city of Como is beautifully located on the lakes near the Swiss border to the north, and Bergamo is a town worth more than just a look from the airport when you arrive on a Ryanair flight from Stansted.

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    Monza

    by antistar Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    I passed through Monza on the way into Milan by train, and went to a party there on New Year's Day. Monza is famous for its formula one race track and its fantastic royal villa. The villa, which can be found at the end of a long tree lined boulevard, is an immense and beautiful palace. Monza is to the north of Milan and can be reached both by both train and local transit bus.

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    Street Scenes

    by basstbn Updated Mar 20, 2013

    At the top of our to-do list in any city or village we visit is walking about the neighborhood where we are staying - especially those away from the tourist hot spots.

    Many of my best, or at least favorite, travel photos are from such walks. Here are some from Milan.

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    Roman ruins in Via Brisa

    by ettiewyn Updated Sep 8, 2012

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    Via Brisa is a small street connected to Corso Magenta, and it is worth a short detour - here you can see some of the Roman ruins that are left from Mediolanum. These ruins were only discovered in 1949, after a bomb had been dropped here during the war six years earlier.

    It is highly probable that the ruins once belonged to an imperial palace. Mediolanum was chosen as Imperial Residence by Emperor Maximianus in 286A.D. The palace was not one single building, but rather a big area of many connected buildings and dwellings. Today, it is still possible to see a part of the heating system.
    Close to the palace, there was a huge circus which was connected to the palace itself, and where races and gladiator fights took place.
    The court was transferred to Ravenna in 452A.D., but the palace was left intact for several centuries longer. It then fell into disrepair, and by the time of the early Middle Ages, there was almost nothing left of it.

    Address: Via Brisa, access from Corso Magenta

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    Piazza Fontana

    by ettiewyn Updated Aug 18, 2012

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    Piazza Fontana is a small piazza in the Duomo area where we had a little break. I enjoyed it very much because it was a pleasant place that is not crowded at all - a relief when you come here from Piazza del Duomo or Piazza della Scala! There were not many tourists there, and we sat down on a bench in the shade. The piazza is a pretty place with its historical fountain, the trees and the surrounding buildings.

    The fountain that gives the piazza its name was created in 1782. It was designed by Guiseppe Piermarini, the architect who designed the Teatro alla Scala.

    On the 12th of December 1969, a bomb detonated on this piazza and killed seventeen people, it was an act of right-wing extremist terrorism.

    Address: Piazza Fontana - access from Via Larga and Via San Clemente
    Directions: Close to the Duomo

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    Piazza Meda

    by ettiewyn Updated Aug 18, 2012

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    Piazza Meda is a piazza north of the Duomo. There is a lot of traffic there, so it is not a nice place to sit down, but what is interesting is the work of contemporary art that was installed there. It is a big disc made of bronze. According to my guidebook it should rotate, but it didn't do that when we visited. The artwork was made in 1980 by Arnaldo Pomodoro from Milan. When I did some research about Pomodoro, I was surprised to see that another work of his can be seen in Cologne, namely at the adult education centre (VHS). Pomodoro mainly uses geometrical forms in his works.

    Address: Piazza Meda - access from Via San Paolo and Via Catena
    Directions: North of the Duomo

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    A 90 cent Coffee (and free water).

    by johngayton Written Jul 5, 2012

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    I can't remember exactly where this was but I do remember the coffee only being 90 cents and that the waitress was stunningly beautiful (pics are in my private collection).

    You know that you are "Off The Beaten Path" when the coffee becomes this inexpensive ;-)

    Oh and I almost forgot about the pretty woman with the bicycle I passed on my way - pic #2

    Backstreet Cafe Nice Bicycle ;-)
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    Wandering The Side Streets

    by johngayton Written Jul 5, 2012

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    Once I'd sort of gotten my bearings here in the city centre I felt quite happy just to wander and see where my feet would lead me - this is my favourite way of discovering a city.

    This is where Milan opened up. I would just wander and be nosy and maybe end up places I shouldn't but Hey! That's me!

    Half of the time I had no idea exactly where I was but I always knew there had to be a bar somewhere and I could always get directions - even if it did cost me the price of a beer ;-)

    So here's a few pics:

    This was inside some unsigned entranceway Somewhere off via Borgonuovo Nice Courtyard A Street All To Myself Porticoed Car Park (Private I Presume)
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    Palazzo dei Guireconsulti and Torre del Commune

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    The Milano Clock Tower is located in Via Mercanti, alomost overlooking Piazza del Duomo. It is better known as Torre del Commune and is situated on the top of Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, home of the chamber of commerce. Torre del Commune was built here in 1272 by Napo Torriani who ruled over Milano until he was defeated by Ottone Visconti in 1277. This event heralded an era of rule by the powerful Visconti family over Milano, which would last until the mid 15th century.

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    Piazza Cordusio

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    In the central position of Piazza Cordusio, a very bussy Milano's square, stands the monument to Giuseppe Parini (1729-1799), a famous Italian poet and teacher. His talent for teaching made him professor of fine arts in the Brera. During the period when Bonaparte ruled the Cisalpine State, he made him a member of the municipal government.

    Statua di Giuseppe Parini
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    Monument of Giuseppe Garibaldi

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 25, 2011

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    The monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi stands in the central position of Largo Carioli, the huge open space right in front of Castello Sforzesco. The monument was placed here in 1895 and is work of the sculptor Ettore Ximenes.
    Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807-1882, is the most significant person in the history of the Italian people. Known by his personal courage and tactical intelligence, he managed to defeat Bourbons and have unificated the peninsula in one state known today as Italy.

    Statua di Giuseppe Garibaldi
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