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5 Amazing Things You Can Do in Milan – For Free

Milano Duomo

Milan is known for being one of the most fashionable cities in all of Italy – if not in the world. While Milan holds a certain romantic air for those who are deep in the fashion industry, the historic city is also home to some of the most attractive and historic attractions in the country as well. If you're traveling on a budget, you'll want to make a list of things you can do for free – especially if you want to save a few dollars for shopping. Make sure you add these attractions to your list (Photo From http://it.wikipedia.org).

The Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

Famous for it's sheer size, the Duomo is considered one of the largest churches on the planet. Despite being large enough to hold more than 40,000 visitors for a service, this church differs from many others in that it does not double as an art museum. There are a few pieces of 18th century work throughout, but your main attractions are the gorgeous stained glass, the 52 supporting pillars, and the spires, statues, and gargoyles on the roof. It is free to get into the church but you do have to pay a small fee to get onto the roof.

Santa Maria della Grazie

The church called Santa Maria della Grazie isn't necessarily recognizable by name, but it's the artwork it houses that is most famous. The church itself is a gorgeous piece of architecture and is free to visit. If you want to visit the attached building, you'll have to pay a small fee, but paying to see Leonardo's “The Last Supper” might just be worth the admission price.

Castello Sforzesco

Named for the Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza, this incredible castle complex is just north of the Duomo. Free for all to visit, Castello Sforzesco is one of the most famous attractions in Milan – and for good reason. The castle was built on what used to be a medieval fortress and features several bridges, courtyards, and fantastic frescoes. Several small museums exist within the complex, and some charge admission, but touring the grounds of the castle is free.

Window Shopping at the Rectangle of Gold

As mentioned before, Milan is the heart of the fashion industry. Many of the largest, most famous names in fashion have base shops in the city, including Missoni, Prada, Armani, and even Versace. All of the high-end boutique shops in Milan are in one square – the Rectangle of Gold. Take some time to walk around and window shop and you'll be amazed at some of today's hottest fashion trends.

Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II is another shopping destination, great for window shopping, but is also impressive in its own right. This incredible work of architecture features a double arcade made out of glass and iron that intersects at the center of an octagon design. This four story building is popular amongst locals, especially for meetings, and its four stories are definitely worth browsing.

It doesn't matter if you're a fashion student or a simple traveler. There are plenty of things to do in Milan, both for a fee and for free. Be creative and you'll be able to keep your schedule full and your expenses under control.

Genna Himelfarb loves to travel. She's planning to go to Milan with a group of ladies in the spring of 2013 and hopes to plan a China tour trip for the fall of the same year.

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