Exploring Possibilities: Milan

Milan is one of the more popular Italy destinations, and can readily be incorporated into a Custom Tour. Some of the highlights of this northern city are the great Gothic Duomo di Milano (Cathedral of Milan), the Pinacoteca di Brera (the main public art gallery), and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Milan Cathedral in the afternoon sun

Milan Cathedral in the afternoon sun

My partner and spouse, Larry, took this photo while visiting Milan for a gathering of travel professionals. The cathedral looks especially stunning since the 2009 completion of a large-scale restoration and cleaning.

The Cathedral of Milan, one of the largest in the world, can be visited again and again. Explore the intricate details of the exterior, the spectacular stained glass that adorns the interior, and check out the Cathedral Treasury. Located in the Crypt, the treasury is home to a wonderful collection of Medieval and Romanesque art. Take a roof walk and view the pinnacles and statues up close and personal! Then enjoy the breath-taking view of the city below.

A visit to the Brera Museum was another highlight. A few are posted here and more in our photo files on our Facebook Page.

Mantegna's Dead Christ
Mantegna’s Dead Christ

Learn more about the work above: Smart History: Mantegna’s Dead Christ

The Three Archangels by Marco d'Oggiono in a room at the Brera
The Three Archangels by Marco d’Oggiono in a room at the Brera
And at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Leonardo’s Last Supper . . .
Last Supper
Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper covers one wall in the refectory (dining room) of the monastery, Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan. In 1652, for some reason, a doorway was cut into this wall. Though it has since been walled up, the odd intrusion into the painting remains. For further insight into Leonardo’s masterpiece, see this excellent brief video: http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/leonardo-last-supper.html
And finally, discover dining with the locals! On his last trip, Larry discovered a restaurant a couple of blocks away from the Duomo, fairly well hidden from the usual tourist trails. And it was delightful! He just might be convinced to share his secret.
For more information, please call us at 800.498.8915 or email us at info@customitalytours.com. We would be happy to chat with you!
For more on how we create custom tours of Italy, see our earlier post, Creating a Custom Tour. More of our “Exploring Possibilities” blog posts can be found here on the right sidebar under “Recent Posts.”
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About Custom Italy Tours

We Love Italy! My husband Larry and I, assisted by our family, operate Travel All Over, a full-service travel agency, as well as Custom Italy Tours which is focused on providing fully customized tours of Italy for individuals, families, and groups. I'm the Italian (born Geromina Ferrara), and Larry is the Italian wanna-be. We are both Italy Specialists and Larry is a CTC (Certified Travel Counselor).
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