Main attractions in Milan
Zurigo Hotel is located in the city center of Milan, within walking distance from many attractions such as the Duomo and places that in the course of time, have told stories about great protagonists!
House of Alessandro Manzoni
Via Morone, 1
Here the writer lived until his death. This house hosted, among others, Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, Giuseppe Garibaldi and G.Verdi who had great admiration for the writer and who composed a Requiem Mass, which was performed in the church of San Marco, in 1874, a year after his death.
The palace had a different shape at the time, without the additions required by the architect Andrea Boniappassionato who discovered the Lombard terracottas and ‘’modernized’’ the building in 1865.
In 1874, his heirs put on sale the building, but the motion of the mayor Belinzaghi, who intended to purchase the building especially because of its interesting library, was not accepted. The furniture, with the exception of Manzoni’s office, was then sold to junk dealers. The ‘’Banca commerciale italiana’’(Commercial Bank) bought the garden. On initiative of the Cassa di risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde , the Centro Nazionale degli studi Manzoniani finally was estlabished in the building.
Via Morone, 4
A few steps from the residence of Manzoni is the house that hosted Massimo d'Azeglio, writer, painter and politician who had married one of the writer’s daughters.
Once Via Omeoni, then via Borgonuovo today named Via Benigno Crespi, 19
The well established publisher ‘’Ricordi’’ lived in via Omeoni at number 1720, one of the first to appear in Milan’s public music publishing scene. Later he will become the publisher of the works of Verdi, and will personally take care of his personal archive.
Piazza della Scala (Scala square)
Place of the municipality , it was built in 1557 for Tommaso Marino, who lived there with his family and his beautiful wife Ara Cornato, who was related with the Queen of Cyprus, and that Marino had kidnapped in order to make her his wife. At that time the main entrance was facing Piazza San Fele. From 1781 it became heritage of the state. The facade of Via delle case rotte dates this period as well. In 1848 it was also the place of the temporary Government.
San Fedele Square
It is one of Milan’s most important places of the nineteenth century. You overlook the Palazzo della Questura, the Hotel Bella Venezia and Palazzo Marino. In 1814, following the popular uprising that led to the assassination of Giuseppe Prina the Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Italy, Palazzo Sannazzari which was also overlooking the square was destroyed , and so the piazza could be expanded until Via Marino. Here was also ‘’Palazzo Imbonati’’, at that time place of the Comedy Theatre, later it became ‘’Teatro Manzoni’’.
Once Via Marino
Here the wedding between Alessandro Manzoni and Enrichetta Blondel took place. The old palace was in fact purchased by the bride's father, Henry. Time after also Massimo d'Azeglio, who had married one of Manzoni’s daughters, stayed in these rooms.
Today the building no longer exists, it was demolished to make place for the Manzoni Theatre, having also hosted the headquarters of the City of Milan Improvements Company LImited, the company responsible for the construction of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and the simultaneous renovation of the Piazza del Duomo.
Vittorio Emanuele Gallery
Piazza del Duomo
In 1865 works began on the construction of the famous gallery, designed by Architect Giuseppe Mengoni, who lost his life here, after falling from a scaffold. Ironically the works were completed in the same year in ‘’1877’’.
Davide Campari was the first to join the "Parlors’’ of Milan. Here he launched the famous and tasty "bitter for The Netherlands’s use", even if the windows of the bar were constantly broken by numerous fights, precisely 87 times !
Various the vicissitudes of places and cafes that had opened in the gallery. The Savini café and restaurant still exists and you could see famous people like Mascagni, Arrigo Poito, Puccini, Giacosa at its tables earlier in last century.
The Gallery also hosted the first place of ‘’le Corsera’’. In the gallery, depicted on the floor, you can find a bull that is tied to a superstitious ritual: whoever turns the heel of his shoe on it three times, in a clockwise direction will have luck in business ... but not everyone knows that the "ritual" can only be done once a year, and the days before New Year's Day!
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (Vittorio Emanuele Gallery)
Founded by Paolo Biffi, after his Parisian experience, the place still exists, and is famous for the production of a typical Italian cake a specialty called ‘’Panettone’’ that Italians eat at Christmas times !
Via Manzoni, 42, former Piazza San Fele
In 1850 the anonymous society of the ‘’Teatro Sociale’’ was born, in order to revive the theater of prose. The Comedy Theatre in Piazza San Fele, has a capacity of 1000 spectators, and is the headquarter of the company. The name changed into Teatro Manzoni after the death of the great writer, in 1873. And here Verdi witnessed performances by Pamela Nubile, Goldoni, starring Eleonora Duse. The theater was closed in August 1943, due to the damage caused by the bombings of World War II. It was reopened in 1950, in the new headquarters, in Via Manzoni 42.
Palace Poldi Pezzoli
Via Manzoni 12-14
Today it has become an important museum, and has been so since 1881, initially it was the home of the noble prize and art collector Poldi Pezzoni. Curious the anecdote connected with his death, which seems to have occurred accidentally, having the nobleman locked himself in the chest, after he had come to check the treasures of his collection. According to the taste of the time, we are in the first half of the 19th century, the museum presents a collection of sculptures, paintings, and objects like Chinese objects and other things collected during travels.
Grand Hotel et de Milan
Via Manzoni, 29
"Specially built according to the needs and comforts required by the progress of the time, like the advertising of the period states. Opened in 1863, was designed by Andrea Piazzala. When the hotel started to provide e-mail and telegraph services to the clients, this soon attracted an audience of noble people, business people and diplomats. The hotel is still working on the first hydraulic lift Stiegler! In 1872, apartment number 105 was the residence of G.Verdi.
It is possible to visit the room with the furniture, the piano the study table and a small sofa which has all been preserved as it was at the time the Master lived there.
Via Bigli 21
Residence of the Countess Clara Maffei, after the separation from her husband. The living room of the Countess was attended by the biggest names of music and culture worldwide, like Franz Liszt, Alessandro Manzoni, and also G.Verdi, his great friend. Downstairs of Maffei lived Ambrogio Nava, architect who restored the main spire of the cathedral, on which stands the Virgin Mary. From 1894, in the same building lived the 15 years old Albert Einstein, who emigrated to Milan with his father who used to run an engine shop next to the electric power plant of Santa Radegonda.
Alla Scala Theatre
In 1778 on the former ‘’Teatro Ducale’’, and after the demolition of the church of Santa Maria della Scala, the tempo della musica was born in Milan. Stendhal used its stage as "workplace", where he could read and write.
This is the place where the absolute consecration of Verdi took place.