The Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente is the heart of Milanese spirituality and boasts over four million visitors a year. It stands in the very central square by the same name, a hub for most of Milan's tourist attractions and generally considered a starting point for touring the city.
The Sforza Castle
The Sforza Castle has been in Milan since the fourteenth century, first as a fortress and then as the residence of illustrious figures.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Napoleon Bonaparte, whose bronze statue dominates the building's courtyard in front of the entrance, used this former Jesuit residence as a storehouse for the many works of art confiscated around northern Italy.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Built in 1865 by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni, the galleria is a true “shopping centre” home to the boutiques of the biggest designers in high fashion alongside historic cafes and modern fast food chains.
Built centuries ago to form an irrigation system that would connect Lombardy's lakes to its capital, today the Navigli have become a major tourist attraction emblematic of Milanese nightlife.
Quadrilatero della Moda: Milan's Fashion District
The intersection of Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Via Sant’Andrea, which form Milan's temple to shopping, is known as the Fashion Quadrilateral.