The Renaissance period was one of peace and prosperity for Milan. The city became an important artistic and cultural centre. Leonardo da Vinci ( the painter of the famous canvas "La gioconda" ) was commisioned for various projects by the Sforza Court. You can admire in Santa Maria delle Grazie its masterpiece " The last supper ", or its follower's pictures in Poldi Pezzoli Museum as for example the beautiful canvas by Cesare da Sesto called "Madonna con il bambino e l'agnello".
Not far from this museum stands the sober opera-house La Scala, the most famous place in Milan, which attracts thousands of people each year. The high fashion streets are via della Spiga and via Montenapoleone, but there are also streets where there are lots of less exclusive shops.
The symbol of Milan is its Duomo, a Gothic building commissioned by Gian Galeazzo Visconti and dedicated to Santa Maria Nascenti.
In the homonym square stands the basilica of Sant'Ambrogio which represents sixteen centuries of history, it was consacrated by Sant'Ambrogio who became the patron of the city.
The imposing Sforzesco Castle, that was built between 1358 and1368 under Galeazzo Visconti, houses cultural events, museums and several curious collections.
Taking the road that takes us out of Milan towards the country, we arrive to Lodi where the famous cheese Grana is producted. This last is, with the Panettone ( a Chrismas cake) typical of the milanese cooking.
Of particular interest in this area are the collections housed in Sant'Angelo Castle. South the visitors could find also a spa in Miradolo Terme.