Elegance of the north-east Italy
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
Home to countless museums, historical churches and the world's most designer stores; Milan is super chic and super interesting.
Don't leave Milan without feasting your eyes on Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. The masterpiece is situated in the refectory of the Santa Maria Delle Grazie (St Mary of the Graces). Da Vinci's depiction of Christ and his dinner companions has provided many a debate over the centuries and is one of the world's most iconic images.
Tip: You'll need to book up well in advance for a 15-minute viewing.
135 spires and 3,200 statues help make up Milan's Duomo - the largest of its kind in Europe. The highlight is the gilded copper statue of the Madonna (the city's traditional protector). Once you've got over the awe-inspiring interior, with it's beautifully-carved pillars and over 140 stained-glass windows, head towards the baptistery. The Battistero di San Giovanni can be accessed by a stairwell next to the main entrance. On show is the crypt carrying the remains of Carlo Borromeo.
Tip: For views as far as Switzerland, climb the 165 steps to the cathedral roof.
One of the most famous monuments in Milan - rebuilt and restored many times over the centuries. The Fossata Morto (dead moat) was the original moat surrounding the inner walls of castle, later drained by Napolean. The castle was once home to the mighty Sforza dynasty that ruled Renaissance Milan, now it houses several of the cities museums and art galleries. A particular highlight is Michelangelo's Pieta Rondanini.
The castle encloses the Piazza delle Armi which provides a pretty place to stop and have lunch - there are no cafes so you'll need to bring a packed lunch!
Just outside the castle grounds is Parco Sempione, a great place to chill out in relaxed gardens or chic bars.
Sharing world importance along with the likes of the Louvre and Madrid's El Prado, Pinacoteca di Brera is home to one of Italy's most important art collections. Walk around and admire art from the 13th to 20th century, in particular Giovanni Bellini's Pietà, Donato Bramante's Christ at the Column and Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus.
Check out the historic botanical garden just behind the Pinacoteca, it's a lovely spot to just sit and chill out for a moment.
Prices based on lowest available Standard Class return fare per person.
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