Milan

Milan is a city rich in history and with beautiful sites to visit. The beating heart of Northern Italy, it is an actual treasure chest of art and culture, thanks to the historical events which took place here.

 

The city centre

Founded by the Insubres in the Sixth century, Milan becomes the capital of the Roman Empire of the West with the name Mediolanum and, subsequently, the Dukedom of Milan became one of the main political centres during the Renaissance. Centuries of history have left magnificent traces throughout the streets of the city, but it is the historical centre which contains some of the most beautiful treasures: the Duomo cathedral, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the La Scala opera house, Piazza dei Mercanti (Merchants Square) and the Sforza Castle.

Located approximately 43 km from the hotel.

 

Brera

Brera is a characteristic quarter and very rich in charm, a corner of Milan which deserves to be discovered. Its elegant and narrow streets are filled with shops and cafés and the renowned presence of the Accademia delle Belle Arti academy and the Pinacoteca di Brera gallery are certainly two of the most significant landmarks of this corner of the city. The wonderful Basilica di San Simpliciano is a must-see stop, it is one of the most prominent and ancient churches in Milan and whose founding is attributed to Saint Ambrose during the Fourth century A.C.

Located approximately 42 km from the hotel.

 

The Navigli

The Navigli are a symbol of Milan and they give the city a magical and fairy-tale-like atmosphere. Ancient waterways used for commercial purposes, connecting Milan with Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, the southern Ticino and the Po river. Their history begins in 1179 with the construction of the first canal, the “Ticinello”, and shortly thereafter the Naviglio Grande. Important engineers took over the project and still today it is possible to admire the innovative system of sluices devised by Leonardo da Vinci towards the end of the Fifteenth century. Today, the Navigli still give testimony to a Milan which has almost totally disappeared, made of ancient homes and wash houses and are now the lively heart of the city with great nightlife.

Located approximately 42 km from the hotel.

 

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Church of Holy Mary of Grace, is a symbolic building in Milan. Its history is undoubtedly tied to one of the most important masterpieces in the world, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. It all began in 1460, when Count Gaspare Vimercati, who was the commander of the militia for Francesco Sforza, gave a chapel to the Dominican Order for them to build a church and a convent. The chapel contained a fresco image of the Madonna known as “Holy Mary of Grace”. The construction began in 1463 under the direction of Guiniforte Solari, but only under Ludovico Sforza, known as Ludovico il Moro, did the church and convent take on the grandeur which can be admired today: grand semi-circular apses, a majestic dome surrounded by colonnades, a beautiful cloister and the refectory. It is precisely in the refectory where today, it is possible to see the only fresco by Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper!

Located approximately 40 km from the hotel.

 

Basilica di S. Ambrogio

The Basilica of Saint Ambrose is one of the most ancient and significant churches in Milan, an excellent example of a Paleo Christian cathedral. It was founded, according to history, between 379 and 386 A.C. by the will of the bishop of Milan, Ambrose, one of the saints most venerated by the people of Milan. The church represented a magnificent example of Lombard Romanesque style art, mainly built of clay-brick, an inexpensive material and of local origin; it is the expression of an intense architectural renewal for the concept of light and space. The interiors contain valuable artistic treasures and Saint Ambrose, Saint Gervasius and Saint Protasius are buried in the ancient crypt of the church.

Located approximately 40 km from the hotel.

Malpensa
Airport
Varese and
Lago Maggiore