Offbeat places in and around Milan
Milan is the second largest city in Italy, after Rome, and enjoys the reputation of being the fashion capital, not only of the country but of the whole world as well. The city has many crowd-pulling spots, but unknown to all, most of its beauty lies hidden. To make your visit to this Italian city fruitful, a cue of some of the offbeat secret gems is disclosed here.
Bones and Skulls at San Bernardino alle Ossa
The best way to see the real Milan is to get out of the center of the city and explore its underbelly. While everyone visits the Duomo and Santa Maria, there are other churches which are as good but little less known outside Milan.
San Bernardino alle Ossa lies adjacent to a cemetery and has ossuary side walls adorned with skulls, bones, and vertebrae, which have been collected from there. The place is a haven for those who like spooky and creepy sights.
Exciting Street Art in Greco
Another alternate in Milan is to experience the once thriving street art scene of the city. In the northern part of the city lies Greco, near the Leoncavallo social center. One can spend quality time wandering peacefully gazing at the colorful walls while listening to electronic music playing in the background.
Outstanding Milanese Museums
Milan has a number of mainstream museums, all popular in their own right. There are, however, some others, with each of them having their own specialty. Apart from the usual exhibits, the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica, houses a submarine and a vast ship.
The Villa Necchi Campiglio showcases how well-to-do families lived at the onset of the 20th century. This house museum is situated in a garden surrounded by large magnolia trees.
Cycling Fun Along the Canals
Milan at one time had an extensive canal system, that connected all important parts of the city. Known as the Navigli, the only one surviving today lies east of the city center, and makes for an excellent Sunday outing, especially if you are on a bike.
The Naviglio Martesana is a 40 km canal that starts flowing from Melchiorre Gioia to the Adda river. A trip to the place unfolds such treasures like a water mill, a coypu settlement and urban houses with colorful occupants.
Planning a visit to Milan and engaging in some offbeat activity can be a lot of fun. This guide takes you off the tourist trails to these cool and cosy spots far away from the hordes.
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