We hope that you are enjoying our series of articles and guest articles on Italian tourist attractions, covering the entire country except for its major cities. In a sense we have left the best for last. We will describe what to see in Italy’s great cities neighborhood by neighborhood. You may not realize it, but Milan is divided into 8 districts. And each and every one of these districts boasts its own sightseeing attractions. If you have time, visit them all. In any case, read these articles to help plan your trip to Europe's fashion capital. You may be in for some real surprises.
The Duomo district, named for the city’s spectacular Gothic Cathedral started towards the end of the Fourteenth Century, is at the center of Italy’s business and fashion capital. The Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) was renovated in the Nineteenth Century to blend in with the Cathedral, described below. If you like arcades, you’ll love the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an upscale shopping mall that is known as Milan’s “parlor”. The gallery’s designer, Giuseppe Mengoni, fell from the roof and died a few days before the inauguration of the arcade in 1878. Of course there are shops galore, but make sure to see the paintings at the base of the dome as well as the floor mosaics. The Caffè Zucca has greeted shoppers for nearly 150 years.
The Cathedral of Milan is the second-largest church in the world. While construction began in 1386 it was actually completed in 1809, in time for the coronation of that famous Italian king, Napoléon Bonaparte. This magnificent edifice can hold 40 thousand worshippers. But if you care to visit for a break from bustling Milan, you can often find a spot for quiet reflection. The Duomo contains over 100 marble spires and well over 2 thousand marble statues but no bell tower. Its most famous statue displays San Bartolomeo being flayed alive. You might want to view the city from the Cathedral roof but on most days air pollution gets in the way. Stop by the Museo del Duomo for interesting exhibits including a wooden model of the Cathedral dating back to the early Sixteenth Century.
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