// What to do and what to see in Milan – Top 10

1. Duomo Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Risultati immagini per milano duomoThe piazza, looking roughly north-east to the Duomo (on the right) and the arch that marks the entrance to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (on the left)

Piazza del Duomo (“Cathedral Square”) is the main piazza (city square) of MilanItaly. It is named after, and dominated by, the Milan Cathedral(the Duomo). The piazza marks the center of the city, both in a geographic sense and because of its importance from an artistic, cultural, and social point of view. Rectangular in shape, with an overall area of 17,000 m2 (about 183,000 sq ft), the piazza includes some of the most important buildings of Milan (and Italy in general), as well some of the most prestigious commercial activities, and it is by far the foremost tourist attraction of the city.

While the piazza was originally created in the 14th century and has been gradually developing ever since (along with the Duomo, that took about six centuries to complete), its overall plan, in its current form, is largely due to architect Giuseppe Mengoni, and dates back to the second half of the 19th century. The monumental buildings that mark its sides, with the main exception of the Duomo itself and the Royal Palace, were introduced by Mengoni’s design; the most notable of Mengoni’s addition to the piazza is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade.

2. Sforza Castle

Risultati immagini per sforza castleSforza Castle (Italian: Castello Sforzesco) is in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco SforzaDuke of Milan, on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the largest citadels in Europe. Extensively rebuilt by Luca Beltrami in 1891–1905, it now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections.