The Best of Milan: Historical Gem, Modern Marvel

Experience some of Italy’s most spectacular cultural treasures as you explore the artistic masterpieces, breathtaking architecture and historic landmarks of Milan with local experts.
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Program No. 23344RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Though from the outside Milan may look like a modern metropolis, beneath the surface you’ll find an elegant culture rooted in a thriving art scene, dating back to the Renaissance and an 18th-century architectural boom. Delve deep into this complex and sophisticated city as you learn about its history through the artists that chose Milan as inspiration for their most prized works. As you spend an enlightening week in the design capital of the world, explore Milan’s functional art – from intricate cathedrals to spectacular courtyards – and discover how its historic architecture blends seamlessly with its modern society to create one of the Italy’s most magnificent cultural epicenters.
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Keep the Pace
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about Leonardo Da Vinci through an expert lecture before seeing The Last Supper at the beautiful Santa Maria delle Grazie Church.
  • Venture to Monza on an expert-led field trip to see its royal palace and church, where the Iron Crown, an important Christian relic, resides.
  • Explore some of Milan’s beautiful palaces – including Palazzo Morando, Palazzo Castiglioni and Palazzo Berri-Meregalli – to learn their unique history.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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Alessandro Pini
Alessandro Pini lives in both Milan and his native Lake Como. He studied art history, literature and languages, helping inspire him to become a professional group leader in Milan, the Italian Lakes and Lombardy regions. Allessandro has spent the past 15 years working as a group manager in central and northern Italy. He is fluent in English and Germany and loves sharing his love for botany, art, history, and, of course, food and wine.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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