Duomo Square or Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) is the main, most visited and largest square in the historic center of Milan. Cathedral Square marks the city center, both in a geographical sense and because of the importance from an artistic, cultural and social point of view. No wonder the Duomo Square is called the heart of Milan! Piazza del Duomo has a rectangular shape and its total area is 17,000 sq.m.
Every home has its own living room, a place to welcome guests, the best room in the house. Milano has its own grand “drawing room” as well, the magnificent nineteenth-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, by celebrated architect Giuseppe Mengoni. Taking a stroll in the Galleria is a popular pastime and is a way of entering the heart of the city, something the Milanese feel intensely: lingering and meeting people is definitely de rigueur in this splendid covered arcade linking the Duomo to Teatro alla Scala. It was designed as a porticoed passageway that immediately became a showcase for high-end shopkeepers, the place for a leisurely socializing walk and an “aperirivo” or a relaxed dinner after the Opera.
The Navigli, once the ancient waterways of Milan, are today the focal point of the city’s creative youth. Once used as a crossroads for the transport of goods, the Navigli stretch for kilometres connecting Milan to Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, the Po River (and thus the outlet to the Adriatic) and the Ticino River, which in turn connected Italy to the waterway to Northern Europe. A trade network that was of fundamental value for the economic development of the city, to which even the great Leonardo Da Vinci made his contribution.
The Darsena, the old harbour, was redeveloped in 2015 on the occasion of Expo and is now the protagonist of events and cultural initiatives of great appeal to Milanese and non-Milanese alike.
The Last Supper offers perhaps the most complete testimony to Leonardo multifaceted genius, urge to experiment and inexhaustible curiosity. In the period when he was working on the painting, the last decade of the 15th century, Leonardo was also busy with studies of light, sound, movement and human emotions and their expression
A vibrant, futuristic district overlooking two of Milan’s more traditional neighbourhoods. A perfect spot to explore the new soul of the city. Though called Porta Nuova (in Italian: “new”), it’s name is anything but new: in fact, since the very beginning, it has been a part of the city’s identity. This historic, formerly industrial area has been given a makeover thanks to an important and complex redevelopment plan that has now transformed it into Milan’s most futuristic district, redesigning and redefining both its skyline and character.