Sant’Ambrogio The Magenta area, named after the Magenta avenue (Corso Magenta), is part of the compact city area that characterizes the centre of Milan. Corso Magenta is the main axis running east-west from the city centre towards Magenta-Novara, in the direction of Turin. Near the magnificent curch of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with its dome cladding by Bramante, is Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper (“Ultima Cena”). A few hundred metres away it is possible to admire the Sant’Ambrogio Basilica, prototype of Lombard Romanesque architecture: an absolute must see.Behind the Basilica, the curch’s own cloisters mark the original core of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart (“Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore”).The district around Corso Magenta, especially north of the avenue, includes some of most beautiful residential buildings in Milano.In the Cadorna square, facing the train station bearing the same name, is a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg titled “needle, thread and knot”, which highlights Milan’s desire to be not only an industrial, but also an artistic city.The area extending from here to the Cordusio square is the traditional financial headquarter, with several bars packed with young bankers.South and west of the Corso the cafés and clubs become more informal and especially targeted to students of the Università Cattolica.Continuing west of Corso Magenta, past Piazzale Baracca, it is possible to reach Corso Vercelli, more modern and frantic, which represents (together with Corso Buenos Aires), one of the key shopping areas of Milano: several cafés, deli shops and high-end shops make it quite lively and pleasant. In the nearby via Marghera, besides interesting clothes shops, are excellent ice cream shops, where it is possible to taste authentic, award-winning Italian “gelato”.