MILAN - NEIGHBORHOODS
At the heart of Milan's historic center is its enormous Duomo, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Locals and tourists alike can be found strolling the main square, the Piazza del Duomo, as well as the adjacent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall and Palazzo Reale. To the north are the renowned La Scala Opera House and the Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery as well as designer shopping around Via Montenapoleone.
Southwest of the Duomo and historic center are the charming streets of the Navigli/Ticinese canal district. Previously inhabited by 'starving' artists due to the low rents, this area is now fashionable and attractive to visitors in part because of its interesting boutiques, quirky art studios and funky cafes, but also for its lively apertivo. The two remaining canals boast several floating bars and restaurants and the Saturday flea market draws huge crowds.
Porta Garibaldi and Piazza della Repubblica
North of the Duomo and east of Parco Sempione are the busy Porta Garibaldi district, characterized by the old Porta Comasina, the former city gate on the ancient road to Como, and Piazza della Repubblica, dominated by the Giuseppe Mazzini monument. Hotels in this area are ideal for businessmen and tourists alike as they are close to the 'Fiera Milano City' International Trade Fair center and only a few minutes from the historic city center.
Stazione Centrale - Corso Buenos Aires - Porta Venezia
Northeast of the Duomo are the bustling Stazione Centrale, the fashionable Corso Buenos Aires and the historic Porta Venezia, which includes the park of Villa Reale and the Museum of Natural Science. South of the station are Milan's Giardini Pubblici (Public Gardens) and the Modern Art Gallery. These popular areas are close to many of Milan's tourist attractions as well as public transportation making any of them an ideal place from which to explore Milan.
Sempione - Fiera Milano - San Siro
Northwest of the Duomo is Milan's largest park, Parco Sempione, home to the majestic Milan landmark, Castello Sforzesco. The art gallery inside has paintings by Mantegna and Canaletto among others while sculptures fill the Museo d'Arte Antica, including Michelangelo's Rondanini Pietà. Southwest of the park is Santa Maria delle Grazie church, home of Da Vinci's Last Supper. The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium located in the San Siro district in Milan. Fieramilano is the foremost of exhibition venues with top notch hotels catering to businessmen and tourists alike.