28, Mar 2017 | Lifestyle
While at Salone del Mobile 2017, you might find some time to visit the fair with the youngsters. So we at Circu made a small tourist route for a small sightseeing during the world’s best design fair.
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The massive Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente, which is known by Milanese as “Il Duomo” is among the world’s largest and most majestic churches, one of the best examples of the ostentatious Gothic style. The construction of the cathedral has begun during the 14th century, but its façade was only completed by the early 1800s, under Napoleon.
A walk on the roof of the cathedral one of Milan’s most impressive experience with an exquisite view of the city and stretching to the snow-covered Alps (on sunny days). Outside the cathedral lays Piazza del Duomo, here you can go all the day down into the foundations of Basilica di Santa Tecla and the baptistery, Battistero di San Giovanni alle Fonti, which were only discovered during the construction of the Milan subway.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
The Gothic brick church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in the Corso Magenta, was begun about 1465, and its massive six-sided dome in the finest Early Renaissance style was designed by Bramante, one of Italy’s most influential Renaissance architects. The church – and adjoining refectory, which holds Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper – were badly damaged in World War II, and during the repair work, old sgraffito paintings in the dome were brought to light.
But the reason most tourists visit Santa Maria delle Grazie is to see da Vinci’s most famous work, painted on the refectory wall of the former Dominican monastery. The painting, which had already begun to flake off before the destruction of part of the room left it exposed to weather, has been restored several times, a process which will probably never be fully completed.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Forming one side of Piazza del Duomo and opening on the other side to Piazza della Scala, the grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni and built between 1865 and 1877. And it’s still a beautiful, vibrant place where locals meet for lunch or coffee in its elegant cafés and browse in its luxury shops.
The Castello Sforzesco was held by the Visconti and the Sforza families that ruled Milan between 1277 and 1535. It was built in 1368 and rebuilt in 1450.
The church of Sant’Ambrogio was founded in 386 by St. Ambrose, city’s patron saint and was also born in Milan.
Piazza dei Mercanti
Between all the high-rise buildings filling the skyline, it’s hard to find the remainders of medieval Milan. But within a less than a five-minute walk from Piazza del Duomo we find hidden the tiny Piazza dei Mercanti, where you will feel as you’ve stepped back into the Middle Ages.
The Romanesque basilica of Sant’Eustorgio was built between the 12th and 13th centuries while the facade was not added until 1863.
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Circu will be attending Salone del Mobile from 4 to 9 April in Milan, come and visit us at Hall 6 Stand C44!