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Vintage Fiat 500 Tour in Milan
"During the 30-minute tour ""Fast Tour"" you will see the heart of the city the Sforza Castle the Montenapoleone Luxury District the Brera Art District the Scala Opera House Modern Art Gallery Modern Art Pavillion
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Milan City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
"Step aboard the Milan city hop-on hop-off bus tour at any of the stops along the three available bus routes. With more than 30 stops to choose from you can easily find a stop that’s convenient for you.Find a seat on the open-air double decker bus and look out at the sights of Milan. Stay on Line A (red line) for its total 90-minute route and pass by the 14th-century Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Ca the world-renowned La Scala opera house and Piazza Duomo the square where Milan Cathedral (Duomo) stands.Line B (blue line) boasts highlights including the historic Porta Venezia city gate Il Cenacolo Vinciano and Palazzo Lombardia home to Milan’s modern skyscrapers. Jump aboard line C (green line) to see the Monumental Cemetery or San Siro football stadium. Then disembark at San Babila to browse the luxury stores on Milan’s fashionable Via Montenapoleone.Pick out the places that you want to see most and create your own perfect sightseeing experience. Want a closer look at one of Milan’s landmarks? Go ahead a
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Villa Necchi Campiglio Small-Group Tour
"Villa Necchi Campiglio is a magnificent treasure of art and architecture in the centre of Milan.The Villa was built by Piero Portaluppi between 1932 and 1935 for the family of Angelo Campiglio his wife Gigina Necchi and his sister-in-law Nedda.The world of the Necchi Campiglio family was that of bourgeoise Lombard industrialists comfortably well-off but also hard-working and up-to-date whose wealth was based on the invention of the well-known Necchi sewing machine. Portaluppi was succeeded by Tomaso Buzzi who after the second world war imbued the rooms with a more classic
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Castello Sforzesco

Favorite thing The architect who first conceived this overpowering brickwork complex is unknown, but it was probably begun when Galeazzo Visconti had a castle built along the Roman walls near the city gates named after upiter, therefore the castle was popularly known as the castle of the Jupiter Gate.
The complex, with several constructions on the inside, was built in the shape of a huge rectangle around a vast inner courtxard facing the city. From the very beginning, the castle was the scene of both happy and not so happy events.
Bernabo Visconti was kept prisoner here in 1385 and another great of the celebrated family, Filippo Maria, was born there in 1392.
The citadel, better fortified by Giovanni Maria, became the Visconti's permanent residance. Filippo Maria, embelished it, commissioning even the great Florentine architect Brunelleschi to do some of the work.....

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Jan 30, 2014

Pleasure for the eyes, and whole being if U wish

Favorite thing In Castello Sforzesco, apart from enjoying wonderful Italian castle itself, there are neat exhibitions. Also, after you walk and walk around giving pleasure to your eyes and anima, in the case you are in Milan when the days are warm, and wish to hold those memories longer and relax, you can do that in the nearby castle garden-just lie down and do nothing in deep zen meditation, smoke, watch other people, or whatever. If u wish to do this, bring some ordinary jacket to put on grass, as other people do.

Fondest memory A woman you can see now and then, beautiful and in long coat with very high heels yet good taste selected one, and mini skirt below walking and passing by... You can see such a beauty only in Italia!!!

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Sep 29, 2006

Castello Sforzesco

Favorite thing The door surmonted by a huge Sforza coat of arms leads up to the Ducal Court where the art museums are located. The vestibule before reaching the court is full of sculptures and the sinopia of a remarkable late 15th century fresco by an anonymous Lombard master.
The courtyard is enclosed on three sides by a structure with two rows of pointed windows framed in brick.
During times of great danger, the Sforza used to seek shelter in the Rocchetta, which was felt to be one of the safest spots in the whole castle.

Fondest memory This on the picture were Ludovico il Moro's chambers. The loggia has been attributed to Bramante
In the Art Museums lots of masterpieces can be seen:
- the Rondanini Pieta, Michelangelo's last unfinished nasterpiece,
- Funeral Monument to Barnabo Visconti by Bonino da Campione,
- 6th century Byzantine marble bust, supposedly the Empress Teodora,
and many others.

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Apr 29, 2004

Castello Sforzesco

Favorite thing In 1848 Austrian general Radetzky ordered the total demolition of the corner towers, and in 1880 the fortress was is such a terrible state that a complete demolition was proposed. In order to prevent further tampering, the Lombard Historical Society have undartake a total restoration project drawn up by Luca Beltrami.
One again the castle suffered major demolition after bombardments in the Second World War, though the damage was soon patched up in the years immediately following the war.

Fondest memory On the two corners of the castle stands Tower of the Falconers and the Castellana or Treasury Tower.
The huge space after crossing the gateway is known as the Training Grounds.

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Apr 29, 2004
 
 
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Castello Sforzesco

Favorite thing The greatest fortifications, however, were those erected during the 1560's when Vicenzo Seregni designed six bulwarks laid out like points of a star around the fortress, completed towers the end of the 16th century. Thereafter a moat was dug and six separate ravelins, i.e. masonry elements, were put up before the gates for defense.
The grandiose fortress thus acquired the shape of a twelve pointed star. Even though the castle never witnessed great military events, its history is far from uneventful.
Conquered in 1733 by Carlo Emanuele III of Savoy, it later fell under Spanish and in 1796 French domination. On June 17, 1800 it was abandoned by the Austrians; Napoleon immediately had the citadel demolished, and thus only the actual Sforzesco Castle was left standing.

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Apr 29, 2004

Castello Sforzesco

Favorite thing ....The new lord of the city, Francesco Sforza, disregarded the pact he had signed in 1450 with representatives of the Milanese citizenry. In the pact he had agreed to have the gloomy Visconti fortress torn down, instead he commissioned Giovanni da Milano to rebuild the destroyed parts. Giovanni was succseeded by Filarete who designed the tower rising midway at the entrance.
Over the years the castle was becoming one of the most sumptuomus royal places in all of Northern Italy.
The height of splendor was reached when Ludovico il Moro summoned Bramante and Leonardo to take part in the project.

Fondest memory The splendid Filarete's tower which stands in the middle of the entrance facade, one of the emblems of the town....

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Jan 19, 2004

Castel Sforza

Favorite thing Carrying the name of Francesco Sforza, the impressive fortress spreads on several hectares.

Surrounded with brick battlements dark red, nearly violine, it is punctuated regularly of towers. Inside, an immense court, then more far from the yard, inside the walled surrounding wall...

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Mar 09, 2003

Michaelangelo’s third essay of...

Favorite thing Michaelangelo’s third essay of the Christian emblem of pity and mourning, the Rondanini Pietà in Milan, was his last sculpture; he was at work on it only a few days before his death.
The opportunity of being able to see Michaelangelo’s trinity of Pietàs confronted me with an astonishing concentration of the essence of faith, hope and suffering. Indeed, as the perfection of the first Pietà falls to the careworn communion of the second, and then to the rough-hewn yearning of the final sculpture, one recognises the dizzying spectrum of our experience in all its contradictions, the miraculous sublimity of divinity giving way to the labours of the beings who must struggle to find their human features through the obdurate stone of mortality and grief.

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Visit the Castle Sforza. It's...

Favorite thing Visit the Castle Sforza. It's a beautiful piece of architecture.

Fondest memory Hanging out at Bar Magenta after work, the local bar near the Cadorna train station.

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Aug 26, 2002

Things to Do Near Milan

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Basilica San Babila

One of the oldest churches in Milan, originally dating from the 4th century, San Babila was once regarded as one of the most important churches in the city after the Duomo and Sant'Ambrogio. But...
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Piazza San Babila

The Piazza San Babila is a pleasant little square at the heart of Milan's fashion and shopping district. Its most striking building is its namesake church the Basilica of San Babila. This was...
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

Starting on the right side of the Dome and ending in Piazza San Babila, Corso Vittorio Emanuele is a famous shopping area in Milan. Important Italian and international brands, such as H&M, Zara,...
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Chiesa San Pietro in Gessate - Church

There is the statue of Virgin Mary and many vow gifts in the altar. Ambrogio Bergognone (Burgundian) also known as Ambrogio di Stephano da Fossano painted the fresco showing the scene of the Funeral...
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Palazzo Castiglioni

Sommaruga is the most well known Art Nouveau architect of Milano. His first important work is the Palazzo Castiglioni in the corso Venezia, 47 built between 1901 and 1904 as a total work of art .The...
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Chiesa San Bernardino alle Ossa - Church

The little chapel near the big church on Piazza Sato Stefano is a real find. Thousands of skulls and bones from different Milanese graveyards are collected and displayed here. Some crazy man even made...
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