About Sonia C
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2013
35-49 year old female
I am passionate about travelling, foreign cultures and languages. I spent quite a lot of my life in Milan and I really feel at home here!
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Ancient Ruins, Arenas & Stadiums
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
The Institute of Blind People was founded in 1839 by Michele Barozzi, as part of a project to integrate students with sight problems into the mainstream. This prestigious primary school focuses on the study of music and, given that it is open to everybody, attracts an increasing number of Milanese students year on year. Visitors to the institute have the chance to experience an immersive dialogue-in-the-dark exhibition 'Dialogo nel Buio,' where you're guided through a series of daily life experiences in total darkness, in order to better understand things from a blind person's perspective. A touching experience where you will learn to make greater use of your senses.
This beautiful church and sanctuary was one of the earliest examples of Renaissance architecture in Milan and is one of my favorite sacred sights. Hidden in Corso Italia — which can easily be reached by bus — the church features a painting of the Virgin Mary, believed to have miraculous powers. It is tradition for newly married brides to visit and offer their wedding bouquet to the Virgin, in the hope of a happy and long-lasting marriage.
This panoramic tower is 108 meters high and was erected in only two months in 1933 (when it was known as Torre Littoria). A quick lift ride takes you up to the panoramic terrace in less than a minute, and from here you can enjoy wonderful views over the city. You can even see the Alps and Apennines on a clear day!
In 1456 Francesco Sforza decided to build a huge hospital complex for the poor called Ospedale Maggiore Ca' Granda in order to increase his fame beyond his wealthier citizens. The complex not only included a hospital, but also shops and workshops, and for this reason was called 'Ca’ Granda' which means 'Big House.' After a renovation to fix damages the building suffered during World War II, the University of Milan moved here, and today the buildings and grounds make for an interesting guided visit.
This award-winning building complex (the seat of the Lombard Regional Council) features a 161-metre high skyscraper with 39 floors, which until recently made it the highest building in Milan. A great place for a birds-eye view of the city, on its top you'll also see a copy of the famous Virgin Mary statue 'Madonnina,' which was placed here in 2010 to protect all Milanese from its position up-high.
During the renovation of the La Scala theatre in 2002, this building was inaugurated to ensure that La Scala Opera performances continued. Its huge, innovative two-level auditorium can host an audience of almost 2,400, and its acoustics are unbeatable. In fact, the sound here is so amazing that after La Scala reopened, Arcimboldi continued to be used to host concerts and musicals, and is easily considered the city's second Opera House.
Arena Civica was commissioned by Napoleon and built using recycled materials from the fortifications of Sforza Castle. Many important events and shows have been held here throughout the centuries, including the end of the first 'Giro d’Italia' (the Italian bicycle race), and it is still used to host sporting events and concerts today. Inter Football Club even trained here for many years before moving to San Siro Stadium!
This unique monastic complex is located just south of Milan in a little village surrounded by the green. It is one of the city's most important Cistercian monasteries and a place well-beloved by Milanese. Once inside, you can admire its beautiful paintings and frescos, created by famous artists, and be dazzled by the amazing XIV century original cloisters. The monastery also produces its own liqueurs, honey and health products, which are sold in the shop located in the ancient refectory and make for great and unique souvenirs!