Think of your study abroad experience as a song—what will be the inspiration? See “The Last Supper,” one of the most influential works of the Renaissance. Witness some of the world’s finest performers at Teatro alla Scala, the world-renowned opera house. Observe fashion executives to see how successful businesses are run. No matter what you choose, your Milanese experience with IES Abroad will come together to make the perfect symphony.
Milan has a wealth of cultural treasures. There are numerous distinguished art museums, historic churches and basilicas in addition to the Castello Sforzesco which houses Michaelangelo's last Pietà. Milan boasts world renowned riches such as Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper which is found next to the chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie—only a five-minute walk from the IES Abroad Center.
Also considered the fashion capital of the world, its streets are lined with beautiful, innovative shops. As one of Italy's main cultural and artistic centers, possibilities for cinema, theater, music, and dance abound.
Milan's location is ideal for those who wish to visit the region of Lombardy and other parts of Italy and Europe. It is a hub for trains leading to all major European cities. Milan is also close to Italy's magnificent Lake Country, including Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como, the most famous of the scenic resort areas bordering Switzerland.
The chief piazza in Milan, Piazza del Duomo takes its name from the dominating Gothic cathedral, il Duomo di Milano. Often described as one of the greatest churches in the world, this Gothic cathedral took five centuries to complete and is the fourth largest church in the world. Make sure to climb to the top for fantastic views of this modern Italian city.
Santa Maria delle Grazie is probably most famous for the painting that lies within its walls - da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo). Over the centuries, the painting has survived numerous damaging restorations and even a bomb that struck the church during World War II. After a major restoration project that took over 20 years, the Last Supper can now be viewed by appointment only. To see a number of da Vinci's inventions, visit the Leonardo da Vinci National Science & Technology Museum.
Milan is the fashion capital of the world, and many designers host fashion shows in the city during Fashion Week. Via Montenapoleone is home to all the top designers, including Versace, Gucci, Prada, Armani, and more.
This sprawling and impressive castle, constructed in the 14th century, is now home to several museums and famous art collections. It has undergone numerous restorations since its first destruction in 1477 and rebuilding by Francesco Sforzesco in 1450.
Known in Italy as the Grattacielo Pirelli or Pirellone, the Pirelli Tower is the second tallest building in Milan. It was designed by architect Gio Ponti and built in 1956 upon orders from Alberto Pirelli, president of the Pierlli Company. It now serves as a symbol of Milan's economic development.