Some Interesting Facts For Your Next Visit To Milan
Before heading off to Milan, it is always useful to be armed with some facts and figures which will make your stay more enjoyable.
Head for the Brera Art Gallery [Pinacotgeca di Brera] located in Via Brera and before you go in, just take a look in the cobbled courtyard just outside. Here you will see a bronze statue of Napoleon unlike any other you are likely to see. Why? It is of a nude Napoleon being depicted as a young god after he conquered Milan.
Did you know? The English word “milliner” is derived from the city’s name. The Milanese from the 16th century onwards have been Europe’s top makers of ribbon, hats and gloves and today you will be able to buy a wide range of hats from panamas to the more fashionable hats for ladies.Â
The metro system in Milan is very easy to follow. There are just 3 lines – Line 1 is red, Line 2 is green and Line 3 is yellow [the blue line is the high speed line, but you can forget about this one]. You can buy cheap tickets from newsstands and are valid for 75 minutes and can be used throughout the metro system and you can reach the majority of the main sites.
If you are interested in the performing arts then a visit to the stage at La Scala Opera House is a must. This is the largest in the world measuring in at 1200 square meters. First opened in 1778 the stage has been home to the majority of the world’s famous conductors and opera singers.
Children are made very welcome in this city, so don’t be afraid to take your youngsters on a city break to Milan. You will, more often than not, find that restaurants will make a special fuss of children and will prepare special size portions.
To escape the hustle and bustle, you may like to spend time in a park. Well, you have 2 to choose from. Parco Sempione and Giardini Pubblica. Both parks are suitable for children. If you are particularly interested in watersports then head for Idropark Fila located close to Linate Airport where you will be able to swim, water-ski, row and during the winter months you will be able to ice skate.
So, these are just a few things which will make your Milan city break a more enjoyable holiday.