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Milan is a metropolis of work, business, advertising, and fashion…
When one thinks of love, the italian cities that come to mind are... more » others: Naples, Florence and Rome…
And yet, for the connoisseurs, Milan has its own poetic corners, romantic spaces that cannot leave us in indifference. These places are less evident than those in other cities, but they are no less beautiful.
Here, we wish to fill you in on some of the spots that are truly worth visiting. Places that you can also enjoy on your own, but that are even better with sweet company.
Author: DILETTA GRELLA (translation by Lauren Elizabeth Sanders). In collaboration with the Official Tourism Website www.italia.it less «
If you’re looking to surprise your date/mate/partner with a romantic experience, end the walking tour with a unique dinner on the tram... more » restaurant ATMosfera (ATM stands for Milanese Transport Agency).
Two public trams transformed into mobile restaurants will move you throughout the city, letting you enjoy the retro ambience and all the sights Milan has to offer.
The evening lasts for two hours and you can choose from a fish, meat or vegetarian menu, everything included for 65/68 euros each.
You must reserve in advance, as the waiting list can be rather long.
Per information, call: ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi)
www.atm-mi.it/it/AltriServizi/TempoLibero/Pagine/ATMosfera.aspx less «
In Milan a couple in love always has the means to touch the sky.
In Vittorio De Sica’s poetic film Miracle in Milan (1951), the characters use magic broomsticks to get closer to the clouds.
Today it’s enough to make the climb up the 250-step staircase of the Duomo: that is, if you’re athletic, but the rest can take the elevator!
Once you get... More to the top, you will find a roof of terraces, made of marble from Candoglia, totaling 8,000 square meters.
It is really a moving experience to traverse the roof, from innumerable tiny staircases and corridors, through a forest of peaks and needles, 135 petrified gargoyles, flying buttresses and 1,800 statues of saints, prophets and martyrs…
The central roof terrace, corresponding to the main nave below, stands out for its 1,350 square meters, at a height of 65 meters.
Once you reach this terrace, you’ll want to sit down for a bit and let your gaze run over the towers and spires.
Right above the most prominent spire, the bell-tower, is the statue of the Madonna (or, in Milanese, "o mia bela madonina"), who has watched over the city since 1774. In slabs of gilded copper, she is the city’s protector, at more then 4 meters tall and 2200 lbs.
Here you’re in for a spectacular view of the city, which you can see better, through one of the telescopes available.
If you happen to go when there are very few tourists, you’ll also notice something often missing in big cities: an incredible silence!
Address: Piazza Duomo
Daily: 9:00 am-9:30 pm. Last climb: 8:45 pm
Closed: Christmas Day and May 1st
Full Price: 12 euros
Discount: 6 euros
Full Price: 7 euros
Discount: 3.50 euros
The fantastic Via dei Mercanti was the beating heart of commercial life in the Medieval Age.
Check out the Palace of Reason, which divides the Via dei Mercanti from the Piazza dei Mercanti.
Owned by the City of Milan, who organize exhibitions of art and of contemporary culture, it was constructed in the first decades of the 13th Century.
It is ... Morecomprised of a common room on the first floor, where the magistracy of the citizens was located.
On the ground floor, you will see the Loggia of the Merchants, a portico where merchants gathered to sell their wares.
And it is exactly this spot that holds a romantic secret.
It is an acoustic effect, created by the geometry of the portico’s arches: if one stands in the corner of the loggia and speaks, even quietly, facing the columns, anyone standing in the opposite angle can hear exactly what was said.
It is told that since the Medieval Age, the merchants used this intriguing method of conversation to exchange business details undercover.
To tell the truth, now it is not so easy to get this effect, perhaps because noise from pedestrians and car traffic can be a hurdle.
In any case, the very act of trying can be quite fun! Especially for couples, the loggia is another means to whisper your sweet nothings…
Also interesting to note: on the facade of the Palazzo della Ragione (on via dei Mercanti), look closely and you will see a pre-Roman relief, on a capital between the second and third arches on the left. The relief depicts a “semi-woolly” sow, a mythological animal: according to legend, it gave a sign to the Gallic goat Belloveso that this was the place to build the city Mediolanum (latin for semi-woolly). Today, Milan!
Address: piazza dei Mercanti
Tel. 0039-020202 (The City of Milan's switchboard)Less
It is one of the most famous kisses of all time, “The Kiss” par excellence, in fact, copied and re-painted in a thousand ways. It is an absolute must that a couple in love make a pilgrimage to this icon when in Milan!
The Italian artist Francesco Hayez painted this beauty in 1859. Today it resides in the Pinacoteca di Brera.
It is an oil on... More canvas (112 centimetres tall, 88 centimetres wide), and it features a man and a woman kissing each other with passion.
He is wearing a cape and hat with one foot supported on a stoop, about to depart and leave his beloved. She is wearing a magnificent dress in velvet.
In spite of the romantic aspect of this work, another, political one, lies in hiding. This kiss is a metaphor for the military wins by allies Italy (the man) and France (the woman) during the Second War for Independence against the Austrian Empire. Soon to follow would be the Unification of Italy, in 1861.
Thus, not random are the colors of the man’s clothing (red and green) and of the woman’s (blue and white), which represent those two countries’ flags. The shadow behind the wall equates to the danger of the enemy.
“The Kiss” resides in the penultimate (37th) room of the Pinacoteca. A stroll through the other rooms, with their countless conserved masterpieces, is absolutely obligatory.
Address: via Brera, 28
Tuesday–Sunday: 8:30 am -7:15 pm (ticket office closes at 6:40 pm)
Closed: Monday, January 1st, May 1st, December 25th
Full Price: 6 euros
Discount: 3 euros
Brera is one of the most picturesque areas of Milan. It is a tiny but rather particular quarter of the city, criss-crossed by pedestrian streets and sprinkled with antique shops, fashion boutiques, and curated aristocratic residences.
Wander a while through the neighborhood, then stop for a coffee or tea at one of the numerous bars and cafes -... More all a little pricey, but certainly worth it, especially if you’re making up part of a romantic duo.
For a few hours, you can immerse yourself in an ambience out of time and far away from the frenetic pace of the city.
Once evening comes, Brera is peopled by theatrical fortune-tellers and card readers: it might be hard for you to resist the temptation to ask one of these seers about your prospects for love, for example… even if it’s just for fun…
Other attractions not to be missed as you walk Brera’s paths? The Brera Palace (Via Brera 28), today the home of the Pinacoteca di Brera, the Braidense Library, the Astronomical Observatory, the Botanical Garden and the Academy of Fine Arts.
The complex, originally a monastery, began to take form at the turn of the 16th Century. Then, up until the 18th Century, the Jesuit Order had its home here.
After, you can visit the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, sitting on the homonymous piazza. This church was built in the 1400s, with materials extracted from the Visconti Castle – the present-day Castello Sforzesco. The church facade is from the end of the 18th Century. Look at the chapel to the right of the presbiterium, painted by Camillo Procaccini.
Also worth noting is the Palazzo Cusani, from the 1700s (Via Brera 15), today the seat of the Territorial Miltary Command of Milan.
Among the more symbolic of the quarter’s social locales is Jamaica Bar (Via Brera 32). Opened here in 1911, its name came much later, from the 1939 Hitchcock film “Jamaica Inn”; afterward it became the stomping ground for the city’s artists and intellectuals.
The Brera District Runs from Via dell’Orso, Via Brera, Via Pontaccio and Via Pontevetero
Castles are often the setting for some of our favorite fairytales and love stories. Which is why Milan’s Sforzesco Castle, with its regal beauty, should make an appearance in your own real-life love story.
Built in the 1360s, the castle endured its upmost splendor from the 1450s, with
Francesco Sforza (Duke of Milan), and then with his son... More Ludovico the Moor, who commissioned artists such as Donato Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci to work on it.
However, not much has remained of that period, and now the castle’s appearance is an eclectic one after having undergone a series of renovations between the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The Filarete Tower (named for its architect) is visible right after the Castle’s entrance: destroyed in 1521, it was reconstructed at the beginning of the 20th Century.
After the Tower, you will find yourself in the first and biggest of three courtyards: Piazza d’Armi. Sit down a while, take in some sun (in summer…), and just people-watch, or even cat-watch…
The second courtyard is the Rocchetta, a very poetic corner (especially when it rains!). It is also where the Sforza clan retreated when under attack.
Finally, the third one is the Ducal Court, near the Rocchetta.
Today, the Castle is the headquarters of various cultural institutes and important civic museums. Not to miss: Pietà Rondanini, Michelangelo’s last work. He passed away before he completed it, in 1564.
The Asse Room, decorated by Leonardo da Vinci, is also a marvel, and was the most important setting of the events of the Sforza court.
Once evening comes, you can enjoy the romantic view of the castle, lit up as background to the stately fountain on the castle’s front lawn!
Address: Piazza Castello 3
Monday-Sunday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm (in winter), 7:00 am - 7:00 pm (in summer)
-Information: tel. 0039-02-88463700
THE CASTLE MUSEUMS:
Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm (no entrance after 5:00 pm)
Closed: Monday, December 25th, January 1st, May 1st
Full price: 3 euros
Discount: 1.50 euros
-Ticket Office: tel. 0039-02-88463703
After the terrace of the Duomo, another romantic sit with a view awaits you inside Parco Sempione, near the Sforzesco Castle: the Branca Tower.
There, you should certainly not go alone, but rather with the special person in your life!
At 108.6 m tall, Torre Branca was constructed in 1933, under the design of architect Gio Ponti.
It is a work of... More art consisting of steel tubes.
In less than a minute, an elevator will take you to the tiny panoramic room, letting you peer over the entire city.
Visitors are allowed just a few minutes in this room: once you are told to leave, you won’t be able to wait to climb the tower again!
When you are back on terra firma, wander the pathways of the Sempione Park, a splendid 47-hectare tract of land.
You will find young and old taking their walks, running, reading and playing. You can also grab a drink or snack at one of the several kiosks and bars here.
Walking among the plants, flowers and shrubs, you will reach a small pond at the very center of the park, with its poetic Bridge of the Sirens.
If you have the time, you will notice the many other attractions in Sempione Park: the Civic Arena and the Civic Acquarium, the Arch of Peace, or the Triennale Design Musuem.
Via Luigi Camoens
From mid-May to mid-September
Tuesday: 9:30 pm – midnight
Wednesday: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; 4:00 pm– 6:30 pm; 9:30 pm - midnight
Thursday: 7:00 pm – midnight
Friday: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm; 9:30 pm - midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm; 2:30 pm –7:30 pm; 9:30 pm - midnight
From mid-September to mid-May:
Closed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Wednesday: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm; 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm; 8:30 pm - midnight
Sunday: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm; 2:30 pm -7:00 pm
Tickets: 4 euros. Free visits on Wednesday for students and retired persons.
Termemilano is rather far from the other romantic spots on our walking tour.
You can reach it by taking the metro yellow line to the Porta Romana stop.
If you prefer, you can also arrive on foot, and you would certainly be rewarded for the extra effort!
Termemilano is the city’s high temple of wellness and beauty, with its relax halls,... More water-jets, biosaunas, hammam, turkish bath, open air pools, massages….
This spa complex is located in an Art Nouveau building and in the “spanish garden”. All surrounded by sixteenth-century walls, erected by Milan’s then-Governor Ferrante Gonzaga.
The pools in the garden are also open in the evening, so that this uber-romantic experience is yours for the enjoying even under the stars!
If you go during the colder season, no worries – the experience is just as romantic, if not more so, when the snow falls.
Piazzale Medaglie d’Oro, 2 angolo Via Filippetti
Everyday: 9 am – 9 pm
Daily Entrance, Monday-Friday: 42 euros
Daily Entrance on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 49 euros
Evening entrance from 5:30 pm, everyday: 38 euros