My first trip to Milan was with my boyfriend and I ended up having one of our most incredible weeks of travel. We took a two and a half week vacation traveling through the regions of Tuscany with the marvelous hills of the Apennines Mountains in between. We saw and experienced the marvelous art and architectural wonders that this land has to offer. Our weekends were spent sightseeing in Florence and Bologna, where we enjoyed some of the most magnificent and elegant churches as well as one of the most spectacular Renaissance palaces in the world.
I was hooked from day one. My boyfriend, being an art lover started sending me art prints of the amazing landscapes we had just seen. I have been an art lover since I was a small child and have visited many art museums all around the world. I especially enjoyed my time in Milan, as it gave me a different viewpoint on life than the rest of the country I had been to so many times. We had planned many short day trips throughout Italy and my husband began planning these short trips to Italy with a few stops in Florence and Bologna. This is when he came up with my idea for our wonderful ten days in Milan.
Our first stop on our wonderful Italy solo trip was the famous Theater di San Cassiano. It is a beautiful theater that dates back to the 16th century and was originally built as a school. We sat in on a famous opera and then I fell in love with the breathtaking staircase. Now days the theater is open for concerts, film shows and other events. The theater is closed on Sundays but open every second Saturday during the summer season.
Our next stop on our wonderful Italy trip was the Piazza San Marco, which is the center of some of the most famous paintings in the world. In the square of that same piazza is the world famous La Comune d’Orcia. My favorite thing about this building is that it was built by accident, but has now been turned into an extraordinary museum that exhibits some of the greatest paintings and sculptures in Italy.
From the Piazza San Marco we went to the University of Milan’s historic center, which is also known as fora. I had read about this place in an ancient book that my mom had given me and this helped to get me interested in it even more. The main museum in here is the Uffizi Museum, which is the oldest one in the entire world. This museum was built in 1013 during the Renaissance and is considered to be one of the most magnificent examples of European sculpture. During my Italy sforza visit I learned that there are actually five different buildings that make up the museum’s entire structure and each of them holds an incredible amount of history.
From the Uffizi Museum I went on to the Sforza Castle, which is one of the most beautiful castles in all of Italy. One of the most fascinating things I saw while in here was the Goldsmith’s workshop, where you can buy tickets for a roller coaster ride. While here you have to purchase tickets for a boat ride to the top of the castle. Once again, I had bought my tickets in advance to take advantage of the amazing deals offered by this establishment.
My last stop on my wonderful Italy tour was at the city’s famous ancient theater/mosque called Durini. For those who are wondering what Durini is; it is a Roman Catholic Church that stands on top of a hill called the Piazza San Marco. It has been standing since the 7th Century and is the biggest cathedral in all of Italy. This was my favorite part of the visit and when I buy tickets for the same ride in the future I am sure I will add this to my list of must-see sites in Italy.
From the Uffizi Museum I went on to the Sforza Castle, which is one of the most beautiful castles in all of Italy. One of the most fascinating things I saw while in here was the Goldsmith’s workshop, where you can buy tickets for a roller coaster ride. While here you have to purchase tickets for a boat ride to the top of the castle.
Overall, my trip to Milan was amazing. What I learned during my stay there, made my next visit even more memorable as I continued my search for more amazing things to see in Italy. Although my next visit is in another part of Italy, I know I will make it to Breganze and the Duomo eventually so I will be able to add these two to my itinerary. If I were to recommend a great place to visit in Italy, it would definitely be in the Breganze/Vallisneria region where I had my most amazing experiences.