Milan- a multi dimensional holiday resort
Though a united modern Italian state was formed only around the last quarter of the 19th century, the linguistic and cultural traditions of Italian people go back to several hundreds of years. As the seat of Roman Empire and subsequently the Church Italy had been in the forefront of many administrative and cultural values of Europe and these are reflected in a number of ways in many pats of Italy. Milan is no exception. Accordingly it offers to tourists an amazing depth of varieties in the knowledge of the past and also its leading role in the present! Today it is renowned for its fashion-setting activities and is a great hub of business, literary, artistic and educational activities.
The architectural legacy of Milan is quite striking and it is no surprise either. Santa Maria delle Grazze, San Simpliciano Bascilica, Sant Eustorgio, Milan Cathedral are but a few among the surviving monuments of the past. They are a delight to the list of human endeavours in terms of building construction combing grace, style and utility. Apart from the main purpose of religious congregation, they also inspired people from afar and near to look. Palazzo Litta and Belgiolojoso are two neo-classical buildings of great elegance which must be visited. Of the newest additions in the 20th century mention must be made of City’s Central station and Pirali tower.
Of Parks and Gardens, Milan despite its relatively small size has a number of public gardens of great charm and diversity. Parco Sempione, Giardini Venezia, Parco Forlani, Parco Lambro are some of the illustrations to this point. They represent a passion to preserve natural gifts and beautify them with great care. Three great botanical gardens add to the delight of the tourists for the sheer educative value.
The Museums in Milan are a treasure house of artistic value. Leonardo da Vinci’s works are exhibited in Milan with great reverence and care and needless to say are a must-see for laymen and specialists in that field. Brera Academy, Pinacotica Ambrosiana are some fine centres of culture. But in the modern context, it may be mentioned that Milan is a centre of futuristic designs! It has already made a name for itself in this field and the manner in which some of the trend-setters function in this area is breath-taking.
Milan is also acclaimed as one of major European Performing Arts Centres. La Scala Opera House is widely known as a premier music centre. There are major theaters and the resonance of the classical and modern forms of music fill the air. This delights the uninitiated and the virtuoso.
There are many festivals which draw out huge visitors from other parts of Italy and Europe. Milan’s hospitality, variety in food and tastes in drinks are much appreciated by the tourists. Annual processions of various hues and Christmas galas enliven the atmosphere.
Milan boasts of its speciality in cuisine using rice. Cakes and pastries available speak volumes of the taste and innovation of the local people. At the same time care is taken to serve the needs of the tourists by providing the different styles. The prices are competitive, food is tasty and the wines a delight to the senses.
The tourist will have no problem in choosing a place to stay in Milan. From star facilities to constraints of individual budgets accommodation can be had to satisfy one’s requirements. The golden thread running through different types of accommodation is the uniform courtesy and hospitality.
A delightful tourist spot, Milan offers many varieties in satisfying the yearning of the tourists in many ways. A holiday there ideally would restore freshness to one’s spirits.