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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

At first glance, Milan seems like a thoroughly modern city, but that’s the tip of the iceberg.  Two thousand years ago, Milan was the Roman city, Mediolanum and in the Renaissance, Milan was one of the most powerful city states. Exploring Milan with kids, discover the home of Leonardo da Vinci for over fifteen years – here in Milan, da Vinci did so many different things as a military engineer, musician, inventor, mapmaker, architect, sculptor, painter, kids can really see why he's a genius.

Milan Photo Album
  Duomo – Centro Storico
  Sforza Castle
  Public Gardens
Sforza coat of arms

Coat of arms – As you walk around Milan, look for ancient coats of arms on the outside of churches and castle walls, painted on ceilings, or in floor mosaics. The red cross on a white background is the symbol of the city of Milan. The snake/dragon swallowing a person is the coat of arms of the Visconti and Sforza. Additionally, the red cross or snake/dragon symbols is also paired with a black imperial eagle topped by a golden crown.


Tip: Milan has a fast metro (subway) and extensive tram system to take you throughout the city. Buy a day pass, Abbonamento Giornaliero Urbano, good for 24 hours (from the time it's stamped) for unlimited trips throughout the central zone.


Fun food


Gelato is delicious in Milan. Try limone (lemon), fragola (strawberry), stracciatella (chocolate and vanilla), cioccolato (chocolate), crema (egg cream).



family hotels milan

Travel for Kids has plenty of fun things to do with kids in Milan, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels and apartment rentals in Milan, different styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods near to places you'll want to explore:

Milan family hotels
Milan family apartment rentals
kids books milan
Tony's Bread childrens books milan  
Tony's Bread
Tomie dePaola

In Milan, delicious panettone, a sweet bread, is a specialty – here's a sweet story about how panettone came about. There was a baker named Tony, who had a daughter, who fell in love with a clever nobleman ... (Picture book)


Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci?
Roberta Edwards, True Kelley

Illustrated biography of Leonardo da Vince, who spent fifteen years in Milan. Working for the Duke of Milan, Leonardo painted The Last Supper, designed costumes and heating systems, organized pageants, constructed the Great Horse equestrian monument. (Chapter book)


who was leonardo da vinci
i am leonardo da vinci  
I am Leonardo da Vinci
Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

Leonardo da Vinci wanted to create the perfect smile on the Mona Lisa, to find out how do birds fly or clouds form, design a bridge, study teeth and draw the human body, invent a tank, submarine, parachute, and discover why the sky is blue.
“I wanted to learn about everything!”
(Picture book)


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