Construction that combines the old and the new, The city of Milan in Italy has its own character and history. When you Arrive at one of the major railway stations in Europe, you can’t help but be amazed by the imposing early twentieth century buildings.
The curved glass roof, the numerous bas-reliefs and sculptures, the travertine stone walls and the tile panels of various Italian cities along with several mosaics can confuse the traveller as to the nature of the edifice.
Benito Mussolini “The dictator” selected some of the elements we see today. The sculptures of mythical animals or acronyms reminiscent of the Roman. But all does not diminish the remarkable structure. Within the station, a pavilion was built in the 1920s as a lavish waiting room for the royal family.
The world’s most famous opera house, La Scala of Milano, (the oldest is in Naples), is located in the Piazza della Scala, Most visitors do not omit a stopover to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world’s oldest shopping mall, completed in 1877, it was named after the King of Italy.
The major attraction in the city include Sforza Castle, a 15th-century citadel, which currently accommodates several of the city’s museums including the Egyptian Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Ancient Art, amongst others.
One of the Museum is also named after the famous resident of the city Leonardo da Vinci The museum of Science and Technology, who lived in the city between 1482-1499; among other works, he was commissioned to paint The Last Supper.
An one-and-a-half-hour train ride away is the city of Verona. One thing that instantly comes to mind after hearing the name of the city are two characters whose story is set here. Despite their tragic end, the city of Romeo and Juliet always seems to be bustling with people who somehow wish to capture Shakespeare’s story.
The Roman arena that stands in Piazza Bra is understandably a top-rated attraction. If you are visiting in summers, do not be surprised if part of the cobbled street that surrounds the amphitheatre is filled with theatre props as the city’s renowned Opera Festival takes place during this time.
From this now you are only a train ride away to the Floating City of Venice. filled with history at every corner and a step, you feel back in time when visiting it. The city has been featured in numerous films. So, don’t be surprised if it feels instantly familiar!
Piazza San Marco, is Venice’s only square. The crowds are ever present here, except perhaps in the early morning hours, which is the best time to make your way there.
‘The most beautiful bookstore in the world’ is found in Venice. Libreria Acqua Alta (high water) is named after the periodic floods that occur during winter.
Besides this there are several local art shops, including ceramic and miniature ones, but the most frequently spotted types are the mask shops. But the most recognisable symbol of Venice is the gondola. The black, flat-bottomed boat has been the most common mode of transport for centuries.