From the busy cosmopolitan Milan to tiny villages of Sicily, Italian cities are a sensory delight with layers of history and culture and so much art in everything around you. People from all over the world have discovered to love and explore Italy because of its tiny villages and big cities, art, savor rich cuisine by the locals, and craftsman shops where fashion and design articles are created.
This article promises to illustrate the excellent history and the beauty of Italy and its culture. You will see some of the finest places to visit in Italy for your holiday delight.
Santa Maria Delle Grazie
Santa Maria Delle Grazie is in Milan in Northen Italy. There is a church and Dominican convent which is listed as UNESCO World’s Heritage Site and made popular by the Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper Painting. This famous work of Leonardo Da Vinci (famous and controversial in equal measure) is found in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie. Leonardo used the medium called fresco-secco to paint this masterpiece on the wall of the Santa Maria.
To keep the half-a-millennium old painting best preserved, only 25 people at a time are allowed in the refectory. If you are planning to visit, you need to book well in advance to get a chance to see the world’s famous super painting.
However, the painting may likely disappear soon due to dampness. It would be nice if something could be done to preserve the artwork.
II Duomo (Milan Cathedral)
The massive Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, which the Milanese call just “Il Duomo” is among the world’s largest. It holds up to 40,000 people at a time. Milan Cathedral is one of the most magnificent churches you’d ever see.
This is the first place or stops while visiting the Milan city. This cathedral is too famous among the locals and tourists. This is because of its position in the heart of the Milan. You cannot just miss a walk on the roof, wandering among the spires and statues and taking in the breathtaking views.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
This 18th-century glass gallery is a blessing to all the shopping freaks around the world. Not only this, it is home to beautiful shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Look up to see the magnificent central dome. Look down to see the emblems on the mosaic floor representing the cities of Milan, Rome, Florence, and Turin. This place provides sheer pleasure for all the shopping and food lovers. You can find every luxury brands here. Also, it is considered as the largest shopping arcade in the whole Europe.
Teatro Alla Scala
It’s an easy walk from the Duomo, through the Galleria and on to La Scala. Opera at Teatro alla Scala is Milan’s famous opera houses which has been in the service of entertainment since 1778. Some of the world’s best singers and orchestras has performed in Teatro Alla Scala, and famous ballets were seen there. If there is not a rehearsal in progress, the museum offers access to see the inside of the opera house itself, one of the world’s grandest.
The Pinacoteca di Brera
The Renaissance Palazzo di Brera, built between 1651 and 1773, was originally a Jesuit college, but since 1776 has been the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) along with a library and observatory, it contains the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Italy’s finest art museums. Much of the art was acquired as churches closed or were demolished, and the museum is especially strong in paintings by northern Italian masters. As you enter through the courtyard, you’ll see an 1809 monument to Napoleon I by the sculptor Canova.
The Castello Sforezesco
The Castello Sforzesco, held by the Visconti and the Sforza families who ruled Milan from 1277 to 1447 and from 1450 to 1535 respectively, was built in 1368 and rebuilt in 1450. The 70-meter Torre de Filarete is a 1905 reproduction of the original gate-tower.
The Castello houses the Musei del Castello Sforzesco, a series of museums, one of which features sculpture and it still remains one of the most loved monuments in Italy.
The Roman Colosseum
The Colosseum is an oval shaped amphitheater in the center of Rome and it is the largest amphitheater ever built, making it one of the greatest wonders of the world.
This incredible structure, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is one of the most popular attractions in the city. It attracts over 5 million people every single year. However, two-thirds of the Colosseum has been destroyed over time, mostly because of vandalism, earthquakes, and fires.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe.
The Italian town of Pisa is where the tower is located and it is a famous tourist attraction in Italy that is visited by millions of tourists each year.
The Pisa tower was never meant to become the leaning tower of Pisa when the project first started. However, the architects must have underestimated the ground, which was moist and muddy. Not the most ideal base to build upon, today all is now history.