Milan is Italy’s leading commercial and industrial center. It is also known as the world fashion and design capital. It is the home of the stock exchange of Italy and is one of the most visited tourist places in the whole of Europe.
Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, La Scala Opera House, Castello Sforzesco and the historical Cathedral called the ‘Duomo’ are the finest of the treasures that decorate the city of Milan. In addition to being well-known for its glamorous places, Milan is known as a paradise for shoppers too.
Duomo is the largest Gothic cathedral in Italy. It stands 108 meters high. About 2000 marble statues and 135 spires embellish its exterior. La Scala, the opera house was built in 1776 and is rated as acoustically perfect by the physicists. Tourists revel at the sight of the statues of Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi.
Castello Sforzesco is a 15th century palace and is the abode of Michelangelo’s unfinished work ‘Pieta Rondanini’. Works of Bellini, Tintoretto and Correggo decorate the art gallery in the palace. It is interesting to note that Leonardo da Vinci spent 17 years in Milan from 1482 till the fall of the city to the French in 1499. The city of Milan is bestowed with a number of gardens and parks, English Gardens, Ticino Park and Adda Park to name a few.
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