The Brera Art Gallery is one of the most significant galleries in Europe. The gallery is housed in a former 14th-century monastery and features notable works from the Neoclassical, Napoleon and Romantic eras. Paintings by Raphael and Caravaggio are among the best known. Alongside the gallery, the complex features the Braidense National Library, the Astronomical Observatory and the Academy of Fine Arts, making it one of the most important cultural institutions in the city.
The former monastery began its life as an art gallery for the students of the Academy of Fine Arts at the end of the 18th century. Enter the first courtyard of the gallery to admire the large statue of Napoleon.
Walk around the vast complex to discover the important institutions included here. Stroll through the manicured lawns of the Botanic Garden, or seek out the Brera Observatory. The Academy of Fine Arts is also on-site, providing a great atmosphere of youthful students milling in the gardens.
Enter the gallery to discover over 400 works that span different styles and media from the 14th century to today. The Brera Art Gallery’s permanent collection is organized chronologically and is a great way to learn about the history of Italian art. See Andrea Mantegna’s Madonna of the Cherubim or The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael. Not all work in the museum is religious in content. A series of portraits by Rembrandt and Titian depict the nobility of the 15th century. Other artists include Caravaggio, Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Fattori and Canaletto.
The Brera Art Gallery is located in central Milan and is best reached by metro. Walk to the gallery from many downtown locations. Explore the surrounding neighborhood and its many shops and cafés on your way to the gallery. The complex is closed Mondays and some holidays. An entry fee applies.
Around the corner from the spectacular Duomo, this Central Milan hotel is surrounded by the city's principal shopping and dining areas.
Set in a 17-story tower, this hotel is 2 blocks from Milan's Main Central Station, and adjacent to Piazza Duca d'Aosta, from where coaches run to the airports and metros run to the Duomo in 15 minutes.
This glass and steel fronted hotel is set in a quiet street off the Piazza Duomo, site of Milan's symbolic cathedral, and within 250 meters of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and La Scala Opera.
Located in the heart of Milan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Piazza della Repubblica, Corso Como, and Teatro alla Scala. Cathedral of Milan and Pinacoteca di Brera are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Strategically located in Milan, only 200 meters from Central Station and 150 meters from 2 metro stations. Hotel Berna allows easy access to the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco, and the Fashion Quadrilateral. The Milano Rho-Pero, Milano City, and the new MICO Milano Congressi are also within easy reach.
Hotel Cavour is a 10-minute walk from Milan Cathedral and La Scala opera house. The designer shops of Via della Spiga and Via Monte Napoleone are within a 4-minute walk. For contemporary art, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea is 5 minutes away on foot, as is Montenapoleone Metro Station.
Located in Centro Storico, this inn is steps from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Cathedral of Milan, and Piazza del Duomo. Teatro alla Scala and Pinacoteca di Brera are also within 15 minutes.
Situated 200 meters (219 yards) from Sforzesco Castle, this Milan hotel also lies at the northern end of Via Dante, a pedestrian-only shopping street leading to the Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral.