London Stansted to Milan Airport
Milan in the north of Italy is famous for its fashion and style.
Visitors to the city can purchase a ticket allowing access to three of the Milan’s best attractions, the Scala Museum, the Last Supper and the Brera Art Gallery although it must be booked in advance. Telephone +39 028942 1146 for more details.
Flights from London Stansted and Milan Bergamo Airport are operated by Ryanair. The airport is around 45km (27 miles) from Milan and 5km (3 miles) from Bergamo. Terravision operate a bus service from the airport to Milan Centrale Station. Journey times are about one tour, tickets cost around 7 euros. It is posible, altough slightly inconvenient, to take a local bus to Bergamo and from there a train to Milan Centrale Station.
Places of interest in Milan include:
- The Duomo. Dominating the very heart of Milan in gleaming white marble, the Duomo is one of the world’s largest cathedrals. It was commissioned in the 14th century by ian Galeazzo Visconti, but not finished until the 19th century alter Napoleón had oredered its completion. The enormous structure has an amazing 3,400 statues and 135 spires. The Duomo is best appreciated on a sunny day when light tours through the magnificent coloured stained glass windows and illuminates the inside. In the south transept is the 16th century tomb of Giacomo de Medici and, at the very centre of the cathedral, the burial place of St Charles Borromeo. It is possible for a small charge to take the lift or climb the steps to the roof of the Duomo. From the fine marbel terrace you can admire the views over Milan with the Alps in the distance.
- La Scala Opera House. One of the world’s most famous opera houses was designed by Guiseppe Piermarini and opened in 1778. Within its annexe is the La Scala Museum whcih exhibits various memorabilia including backdrops, scupltures and paintings.
- Castello Sforzesco. Built in the 15th century, the castle has undergone many cahnges during its existente, including improved defences designed by the great Leonardo da Vinci. The castle is now home to the Museum of Historic Atr which houses Works from Titian, Van Dyck, Bellini and da Vinci. The most famous piece is though is probable Michelangelo’s last work, the Pieta Rondanini sculpture. There are two other museums within the castle, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.
- Shopping. The world’s most famous fashion designers have shops in the district of Montenapoleone including Valentino, Versace, Luis Viutton and Dolce & Galbana. Some of the best designer shoe shops and jewellers such as cartier and Tiffany’s can also be found here.
- Santa Maria delle Grazie. This former monastery is home to one of the world’s most famous paintings, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Depicting Christ’s final meal with his disciples prior to his crucifixion, the painting has recently undergone a 20-year long restoration.