Milano città d’arte

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It is a cosmopolitan and modern city and also rich in history and places of art.

Milan today is an international reference for the world of fashion, architecture and design.

Milan's cultural and artistic prestige is fundamentally linked to La Scala Theatre (temple of world opera music), the Piccolo Teatro (linked to Strehler's school of theatre) and Leonardo da Vinci's splendid Last Supper built around 1495, which attract many tourists.

It is important not to forget the Milan of art museums, the characteristic streets of Brera and the private art galleries with their incessant movement of paints and events. 
As far as ancient painting is concerned, the Pinacoteca di Brera is a point of reference, with a rich collection of admirable works such as Mantegna's 'Dead Christ' and a fair number of modern works where paintings by Boccioni, de Pisis and Sironi stand out.

Other points of artistic interest are the Museo del Novecento and the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. 
Instead, in and around the city centre, there are many valuable ancient monuments, starting with the Castello Sforzesco, built by Galeazzo II Visconti along the medieval city walls between 1360 and 1370.
The symbol of Milan has always been the Duomo with its irreplaceable square and its Lombard Gothic style of pinnacles and spires, the result of the creative work of the workers who started building the monument in 1396.

Certainly another symbol of artistic Milan, is the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, one of the oldest churches in the city, begun in 379 and housing the remains of the saint who is also the patron saint of the city.
Also worth seeing is the striking Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, which houses a sublime work such as Leonardo Da Vinci's famous Last Supper. The church is a Gothic-Renaissance combination created by artists such as Solari and Bramante who embellished and modified the building at various times.
Finally, nearby is the Abbey of Chiaravalle, one of the most important Cistercian monasteries in Italy, founded in 1135 by St Bernard Abbot of Clairvaux, which combines the French style with the Romanesque tradition.

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