What to see first in Milan if not the Duomo?
The tour itinerary can start from the square symbol of the city, with the cathedral on whose highest spire stands the “Madunina” (stop of Duomo, metro 1 and 3, the red and the yellow). The Duomo can also be visited from the outside by climbing onto the upper terraces through stairs or elevators: the Milan skyline is worth the ticket price.
To its right is the Palazzo Reale, famous for the art exhibitions, to the left Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. With a cross-shaped “walk through”, among high-fashion showcases and starred restaurants, you arrive at Piazza della Scala, where you can reach the streets of fashion quadrilateral: via Montenapoleone, via Spiga, via Manzoni, via Sant’Andrea.
In the opposite direction towards via Orefici and piazza Cordusio continue along via Dante. Right in front of the Castello Sforzesco with the large fountain in front of the entrance. The castle houses several museums including an Egyptian section and a picture gallery.
At the exit from the opposite door at the entrance, if the day is beautiful, you can walk along the green paths of Sempione Park and relax by lying on the lawn or on a bench.
Not far away is the smart district of Porta Nuova with over twenty buildings between skyscrapers, offices, and cultural centers, all characterized by a remarkable height and a strong architectural impact.
The most important: the Torre Unicredit, the tallest skyscraper in Italy; the Solaria Tower, the tallest residential skyscraper in the country; the Diamond Tower, with its characteristic square shape; the Vertical Wood, with its hanging gardens. A pedestrian walk leads to Gae Aulenti Square, awarded by Landscape institutes as one of the world’s most beautiful squares in terms of innovation and environmental protection, with the Unicredit Pavilion, wooden and roundwood pavilion designed by Michele De Lucchi, meeting place and events.
Another unmissable place is the Columns of St. Lorenzo. The sixteen marble columns, the legacy of the Romans, date back to the 3rd century BC. They are in front of the Basilica of St. Lorenzo that you find behind the columns themselves. In the evening the square is one of Milan’s favorite meeting points.
From the Columns of San Lorenzo the itinerary continues along Corso Porta Ticinese to Piazza XXIV Maggio where the Darsena meets, from which the two Lombard Naviglis (Pavese and Grande) leave. In addition to being the port of the city in the past, the dock was a very important water junction. Today, after retraining works, has become the center of Milan’s fun.
Hotel Corte del Naviglio is located at the bottom of Naviglio Grande.