YesMilano has put together a "tour" that highlights 6 key figures of female professionals active in the architecture and design environment both at a national and international level, who in the last decade made a crucial contribution to Milan's urban transformation, enhancing the livability of spaces and the quality of people’s everyday life.
Found in one of Milan's prettiest neighborhoods, Pinacoteca di Brera houses a collection of some of the most important works of art in the country, featuring artists Raffaello, Andrea Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, and Caravaggio.
SMS was excited to return to Milan to host this Special Conference!
Milan is a global crossroads of culture, management, design, and architecture. As the leading financial centre and most prosperous manufacturing and commercial city of Italy, it was an excellent destination for this SMS Special Conference.
Learn more about what this amazing city has to offer!
Dumo di Milan
The Duomo, the Cathedral of Milan, is considered the most important example of Gothic architecture in Italy. In 1567, work began on the facade in classical baroque style. During the long construction period, a variety of styles and shapes were incorporated into the construction. In 1805 the work on the facade was completed, but construction of the towers on the roof continued until the 19th Century. Many say there are more statues on this gothic-style cathedral than any other building in the world, with 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures that decorate the Duomo. Visitors can also purchase tickets to visit the roof of the Cathedral, accessible via lift or stairs.
The Last Supper
The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie ("Holy Mary of Grace") is included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. Situated in the heart of Milan, the church is an outstanding work of architecture and an emblem within the Catholic tradition. The church contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is preserved the refectory of the convent. The painting measures 450 - 870 centimeters and covers the back wall of the dining hall at the monastery. The Last Supper is one of the most recognized and appreciated artistic masterpieces in the world – by Da Vinci and in general – and is the only fresco of its kind still visible today.
Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio
One of the city’s oldest churches, Sant’Ambrogio was built in the 300s, and is the height of the Lombard Romanesque style. It was the first church to adopt this style and consequently, it became the model for this kind of church for years to come. Although it was severely damaged during World War II, the Basilica's striking exterior and interior are beautifully preserved.
The architectural area around the Parco Sempione is all about the nineteenth century - from the Napoleonic period to the placement of the “piano Beruto”, the first Milan city masterplan - this fresh garden in the city centre is a prosperous resource of twentieth-century architecture. Landmarks dot this space, including the Palazzo dell'Arte or Triennale, the Branca Tower, and the Parco Sempione library.
The Castello Sforzesco, built as a defense in the mid-14th Century, is a place to admire innumerable works of art - from the Pietà Rondanini to Leonardo's frescos - and also a place to enjoy pausing in the courtyards embraced by the massive walls. From the courtyards, visitors can venture into Parco Sempione.
Arco della Pace
The Arco della Pace sits opposite Castello Sforzesco in Parco Sempione and is an imposing triumphal arch in the neoclassical style that commemorates the Napoleonic victories.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni.