MILAN HOTEL MAKES ITALY AND ITS CULTURE EASY TO EXPLORE
Convenient transportation makes Milan easy to explore. The gorgeous MiCo convention center and San Siro Stadium, a football arena and concert venue for stars like U2 and One Direction, are less than 10 minutes from this Milan hotel. Italy has long been a world fashion leader because of Milan. Explore the city’s fashion district and then take in some of Italy’s cultural treasures, like the Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church that contains Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper. Take time to visit the museums and art exhibits at the historical Castello Sforzesco, which dates back to the 15th century.
- MiCo, Milan Congress Center: 2.5 km
- San Siro Stadium: 2.5 km
- Brera District: 5.5 km
- Fashion district: 6 km
- Exhibition Fair Rho-Pero: 6 km
- Sforzesco Castle: 6.5 km
- La Scala Opera House: 6.5 km
- Milan Cathedral (Duomo): 6.5 km
- Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie: 6.5 km
Sempione Park is a 47-hectare large park near the Sforzesco Castle, just outside the historic center of Milan. There are a number of noteworthy buildings and monuments in the park such as a large triumphal arch and a more than 100 meter tall tower. The park is nicely laid out in a landscape style with winding paths, open grassy areas, tall trees and a picturesque bridge across a central pond. It is especially popular during spring and summertime when many events are held in the Sempione Park.
Arch of Peace
The Arch of Peace is a triumphal arch, initially built in the early 19th century as part of the 'Foro Bonaparte' - a modern version of a Roman Forum - to celebrate Napoleon's victories. The Arch of Peace stands at the center of a pedestrianized plaza, at the edge of the Sempione Park.
Navigli is one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Milan. Situated southwest of the city's historic center, the neighborhood is named for the navigli canals that were once ubiquitous in this former port area.
The most interesting of the few remaining canals is the Naviglio Grande. Here you'll find iron pedestrian bridges, a small church - the Santa Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio - and the picturesque Vicolo dei Lavandai. Here, women washed their family's clothes with water from the canal.
The mostly pedestrian-friendly streets along the canal were once tow-paths, from which horses and oxen towed the barges. The Naviglio Grande is best visited during summer months when you'll often see cruise boats on the canal. It's especially worth a visit every last Sunday of the month, when the ripa di Porta Ticinese - on the south side of the Naviglio Grande - is the site of an antique market.
The Brera District
The Brera district is one of the most evocative in Milan, once populated mainly by artists and bohemians. Brera has only in part survived modern reconstruction, so its original character has changed - but this is not to the detriment of its shopping itinerary, which is full of surprises. The narrow streets around the Brera Academy and the Corriere della Sera headquarters have several interesting boutiques of ladies apparel, curiosity shops, bric-à-brac and, particularly in these last few years, antique shops.
The Cimitero Monumentale is more than just a cemetery. The sheer number of sculptures and monuments that were built for the tombs of Milan's rich and famous has turned the cemetery into a quite impressive open-air museum. A wide central lane lined with trees leads from the Famedio (hall of fame) along the Ossario (ossuary) to the Crematorio (crematory) at the other end. To the left and right are monumental tombs, often designed by famous sculptors and architects. The names on the tombs read like a "who's who" of Milan and include illustrious names such as Pirelli, Campari and Toscanini.