Milan is the capital of Lombardy and the second largest city in Italy. Milan has an ancient history predating the Romans, though today there is not much left of this period. Some of the most frequent tourist sights such as the Dom, Scala are of more recent origin.
Cathedral - Duomo
The Cathedral has been the focal point of Milan since Roman times - the streets radiate out from it. The cathedral was built over a 600 year period.
Due to the long time from start of works to completion, the Cathedral architecture consists of many different styles.
When he was about to be crowned King of Italy in 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte,ordered the fašade to be finished. He promised that the French Treasurer would pay the cost. The work was completed with seven years. The bill was never paid for by the French.
The view when you ascend from the Metro into Piazza del Dumo is amazing as the Cathedral rises high above the square.
Piazza del Duomo
The Piazza del Duomo is the centre of the city and most of the important buildings are in its vicinity. The Galleria and Duomo are on the Piazza while La Scala is just through the Galleria.
Over the course of the centuries, the Piazza was dssigned , redeisgned and designed again.
The last major change was made during the Facist period, when the Arengario ( now a museum - 20th century art ) was built directly across from the Galleria. The Arengario had the main purpose of letting the local podestÓ (or Benito Mussolini himself) make speeches to the population.
The word Arengario comes the verb Latin "arringare" ("to address"), as arengari usually have balconies from which the authorities would address the population in public speeches
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, connects Piazza del Duomo, Milan with the square in front of La Scala. It commemorates the first king of the United Italy.
The Galleria is formed by two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon in the centre of the Galleria.
The roof is made of cast iron and of course glass. Cast Iron arches were popular during the time of construction in the 1860s.
The streets within the Galleria are lined with luxury goods, cafes, and restaurants.
La Scala Square
Over the last 200 years, most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala. The Opera House was first opened in 1778.
The La Scala's Opera season traditionally starts on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, the feast day of Milan's patron saint.
Due to local bye laws, all performances must end before midnight. The longer operas start earlier in the evening, so that they finish before the midnight hour.
Make sure you check the time the opera starts as it varies depending on the performance length.