October 6-7, 2022
Milan, Italy - Cloisters of San Barnaba
Pietro Lampertico and Heiner Wedemeyer
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The view from the lofty spires of Milan's Duomo is an experience not to be missed; indeed the entire cathedral is an extraordinary narration of six centuries of history conveyed in the smooth marble from Candoglia, the light filtering into the aisles and the countless ancient statues.
It is one of life's pleasures to stroll through the lovely elegance of Milan's sitting room par excellence, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, sheltered by the airy glass and steel dome of the 'Octagon' and enchanted by the allure of its shop windows.
Amongst the hidden wonders of Milan, between the ancient city centre and the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, stands the church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore that enchants visitors with its wooden choir and the unexpected beauty of its frescoes.
Since 1778, the operas and ballets at La Scala have provided exhilarating emotions for enraptured audiences; its famous stage has hosted the greatest artists - from Arturo Toscanini to Claudio Abbado and the magnificent voice of the iconic Maria Callas.
Milan's state-of-the-art architecture and its vibrant nightlife scene come together amongst the skyscrapers of Piazza Gae Aulenti and Corso Como - the perfect place for gazing in awe at the Vertical Forest and enjoying a happy hour with friends.
With its four-sided portico that welcomes the visitors and the evocative remains of its early Christian church, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio is one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy.
Nowadays the Castello Sforzesco, the city's fifteenth-century defensive fortress, is a place to admire innumerable works of art - from the Pietà Rondanini to Leonardo's frescos - and also a place to enjoy pausing in the courtyards embraced by the massive walls.
The heart of Milanese exclusive shopping is very close to the city centre - in the area between via della Spiga, via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni and Corso Venezia - with the designer labels that have made la moda and Made in Italy style famous worldwide.
Set in one of the most charming city neighbourhoods, the Pinacoteca di Brera is considered as one of the most popular art collections in Europe; not to be missed are the magnificent works by Mantegna, Raphael, Bellini, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio and Hayez.
The Navigli district is the ideal place for a romantic evening stroll along the city's waterways, both for the once-a-month date with the bustling antiques market or for an easy chill-out at one of the many restaurants and bars.
'The Last Supper', painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie, has fascinated and intrigued art aficionados and its numerous visitors for many centuries.
Milan offers the thrill of delving into a submarine, climbing aboard a steam engine, uncovering the secrets of Space and admiring Leonardo da Vinci models all in one place: the renowned Science and Technology Museum.
The Royal Palace
Palazzo Reale is Milan's central exhibition hub; for many years it has curated and produced major art exhibitions for the general public. Based upon its strong artistic tradition that initiated in the fifties, the commitment of the last decade has placed Palazzo Reale at a high level of excellence both for the quality of its scientific projects and for the appeal of its exhibitions. An undertaking that has been much appreciated by the public - resulting in annual entrance numbers that have steadily exceeded a million visitors for many years - and the Palazzo Reale exhibitions are increasingly and resolutely ranked top of the most-visited locations in Italy. www.palazzorealemilano.it
Ambrosian Picture Gallery and Library
The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana was established in April 1618, when Crdinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of paintings, drawings and statues to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which he had founded in 1607. Inside the Pinacoteca's expositive path, articulated in 24 rooms, we can admire some of the greatest masterpieces of all times, like The Musician by Leonardo, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael, the Adoration of the Magi by Titian, the Madonna del Padiglione by Sandro Botticelli and the magnificent Vases of Flowers by Jan Brueghel. www.ambrosiana.it
Poldi Pezzoli Museum
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan is one of the most significant house-museums in Europe and shows the taste of one of the finest collectors of the 19th-century. Founded in 1881 by the collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli who devoted his entire life to the decoration of his apartment and to collecting works of art within his family's opulent Milan mansion. The result is an impressive collection of Renaissance Italian paintings including masterpieces by Pollaiolo, Botticelli, Giovanni Bellini, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Tiepolo and Guardi as well as a unique collection of exquisite items including porcelain, watches, jewels, glassware, tapestries and armour - a real treasure trove housed within beautiful and intimate surroundings. www.museopoldipezzoli.it
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