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Milan Travel Guide - Sights to See
Milan is the industrial capital of northern Italy. Heavy manufacturing installations combined with World War II bombings have left the city with a 20th century commercial feeling. Unlike the historic look of other Italian cities, where the past is present, Milan will look modern.

The Duomo: Dominating the Piazza del Duomo, Milan's Cathedral is the largest Gothic structure in Italy. Begun in 1386 it took nearly 500 years to complete. Work was done by masons from France and Germany, so the result is a style which is different from other churches in Italy. The floor plan is in the shape of a Cross and the Cathedral is supported by 40 exterior buttresses and 50 interior columns. It is very impressive to visit the top of the church to view the city through the maze of turrets, statues, and spires. To the left of the Duomo is a special shopping arcade. It's a glass-covered structure, which offers all kinds of shops and restaurants. Interesting.

Piazza del Duomo: The Piazza outside the Cathedral is very large and it appears that all of Milan is usually there. It's always crowded and just great for watching people... and, as usual, many pigeons.

Santa Maria delle Grazie: Daily except Monday 10-5. One visits the refectory behind this church to view the remains of Da Vinci's Last Supper painting. He had tried to take advantage of quick drying agents combined with oils and had worked on wet plaster which was heated from behind. This process created some brilliant colors but prevented the paint from adhering properly to the wall, and as a result, the fresco began to deteriorate even in Da Vinci's lifetime. It has been restored many times and scarcely a fragment of the original remains, but it is still worth seeing because this painting is considered the most perfect interpretation of the Last Supper. There are reports that the Refectory may soon be closed permanently to the public. Hurry, if you want to see it. Latest news was that the restoration is almost finished and the public is allowed to see the painting.

Brera Picture Gallery: A 17th century palace at #28 Via Brera, which houses a fine collection of paintings. Most are religious, but included are outstanding works by El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Van Dyck.

La Scala Opera House: This is, perhaps, the world's most famous opera house. Tours are available when there are no performances and are highly recommended.
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