Today we wish to tell you about a city close to our hearts : Milan. We both had the pleasure to go study at the Istituto Marangoni, the Fashion school, created in 1935. This milanese adventure finally led us to creating Duplicata. This capital of Fashion and Design is a land of both luxury and Italian dolce vita, a cosmopolitan and lively city and a wonderful place to live. So we prepared for you a little guide with our best spots.
Let’s start the tour with the sumptuous Duomo, the 3rd biggest church in the world, an impressive structure of marble lace raising towards the sky. You should climb on the roof to discover the countless sculptures posted in every corner. Those were added progressively during the construction, from the 13th to the 19th centuries, thus going from Renaissance to Art deco. Between the arches, the sculpted arrows and the endless details, the Duomo of Milan is definitely the most beautiful in Italy.
Then, you can pass by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a prestigious commercial arcade covered with an impressive skylight. When you are under the dome, you will notice on the floor that a tile is surprising used… The custom is to place yourself on it and spin around on one foot to assure you fertility !
A few steps from there, you can find the Teatro alla Scala, where Gisueppe Verdi played the premieres of his masterpieces and that shows all year long international operas and ballets. You will probably miss it, as the exterior is very common, but the auditorium is absolutely stunning.
A bit far up north, is the Castello Sforzesco, a fortress built at the 14th century, sheltering today several Museums, and is often exposing artworks from Leonardo da Vinci. The Last Supper can also be seen in Milan, but the emblematic mural deserves an anticipated reservation…
Towards the Navigli, the artificial canals which were used to transport goods into the city, you can discover the most surprising local tradition, the “aperitivo”. This tradition consists in offering an all-you-can-eat buffet to go with your Spritz or Martini. For Italians , “la dolce vita” is also about food!
The city is a chest to many treasures, but this preview should call you for some adventures 😉
To visit :
Teatro alla Scala : Via Filodrammatici 2
The Last Supper – Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie :
To eat :
L’Obicà Bar in the Rinascente : a rooftop mozzarella bar, with a view of the Duomo…
Via Santa Radegonda 3
Foresta Woodbar : An atypical decor and fine food for the hype Milanese
Via Celestino 4
Rugantino : A good spot with a terrasse to discover local specialities
Via dei Fabbri 1
To shop :
10 Corso Como : LA référence en matière de tendances