The ESH Annual Meeting is held in Milan every second year (odd numbered years) and in other European cities on even numbered years. Meeting attendees have access to an array of scientific programs related to research in basic and clinic areas in hypertension with lectures on the latest innovations, satellite symposia and teaching sessions.
As you might have already guessed, in 2017, the annual European Hypertension Meeting will be held in Milan between the 16th and the 19th of June. And because Milan is such a wonderful city, it would be an idea to take this opportunity and do some sightseeing. In that sense, we’ve selected 5 important places that you can visit while in Milan.
Santa Maria Presso di San Satiro
This is a 9th century church with Gothic frescoes, wooden sculptures and trompe l’oeil paintings. The latter refers to an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Although the church itself is quite small, the interior makes up for all that it lacks in size.
The Gothic frescos, two bays and a vaulted ceiling actually date back to the 9th century, while a wooden sculpture of St. Christopher and baby Jesus is from the 14th century. It was in the 15th century that architect Donato Bramante added the Church of Saint Mary as an adjacent to the original structure. He was also the one who added the trompe l’oeil paintings in an attempt to make the church look larger. This was the first known use of the trompe l’oeil painting technique.
Royal Palace of Milan
The Palace is situated on Piazza del Duomo in central Milan and it is home to the Contemporary Art Museum and the Duomo Cathedral Museum. Covering 7,000m², the palace was the center of Milan government in the Middle Ages and during the rule of Torriani, Visconti and Sforza. During the 17th and 18th century the palace was damaged by fires and restored in 1745.
It became the home of successive rulers including Maria Theresa, Napoleon, Ferdinand I and the Savoy family. In 1920, the palace was opened to the general public. In 1943, during WWII, the building was bombed and later restored. The only part of the palace that survived bombings is the Hall of the Caryatides (Sala delle Cariatidi) which is also one of the building’s most stunning rooms.
Piazza del Duomo
This is the main square site of the Duomo, the city’s cathedral, and other historic buildings. It is considered to be the heart of the city. The square is surrounded by the Palazzo Settentrionale with a triumphal arch leading to the 5 storey high Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade; the Royal Palace of Milan; the Palazzo Meridionale; Palazzo dell’Arenario; Palazzo Carminati and two symmetrical modernist buildings known as the propylaea.
The statue of Victor Emmanuele II, the first king of unified Italy, has been standing at the centre of the square from 1896.
Santa Maria delle Grazie
The church in the Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco The Last Supper. Da Vinci spent 2 years (between 1495 and 1497) painting the scene of the Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. Although the painting suffered some damage during WWII and Napoleon’s times, it is still one of the most iconic paintings out there.
The church is also worth taking a look at. It was completed in 1490 and the vaults have frescos dating back to the original construction of the building.
Discover Michelangelo’s unfinished masterpiece
The Castello Sforzesco is home to one of the city’s most precious, yet often overlooked, artworks: Michelangelo’s final, uncompleted sculpture, the Pietà Rondanini. In 2015, the sculpture was moved to a new, purpose-built display area at the castle and shouldn’t be missed.
Accommodation for ESH 2017 & Milan sightseeing
If you’re going to Milan for ESH 2017, it would be a pity not to visit this wonderful city. You know what they say: mix business with pleasure whenever possible.
We can help you find the right accommodation for ESH 2017 in 6 of the best hotels in Milan:
Uptown Palace Hotel – 4 stars
Visconti Palace Hotel – 4 stars
Hotel Cavour – 4 stars
Worldhotel Cristoforo Colombo – 4 stars
Melia Milano Hotel – 5 stars
Westin Palace Milano – 5 stars