A city to discover one hidden gem after the next, where the hustle and bustle is to be experienced by foot or bike (sharing). Starred restaurants make for stellar dishes

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Once an introverted city, and often difficult to read, Milan has become the capital for fashion, innovation and design. A cityscape exuding energy between the façades of yesterday and today  

Tourism Milan . Catapulted into the spotlight just a few decades ago, the 1991 debut of Fuorisalone, the lively spin-off of the Salone del Mobile, established Milan Design Week as one of the most anticipated events in the world. After Expo 2015, the city expanded its reign to include capital of food, while maintaining its position as an international fashion powerhouse. Today the metropolis marches towards the future, revisiting forgotten areas and neighborhoods and breathing life back into post-industrial spaces.

Exposed beams and concrete are restored while new skyscrapers rise up in City Life and Porta Nuova alongside the new Mercati Metropolitani and the Bosco Verticale. Contemporary art fills recycled spaces like the old hangars of Hangar Bicocca and an early 20th century distillery, now the Fondazione Prada.

Leonardo da Vinci’s one and only The Last Supper is protected in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie, remaining an absolute must for visitors, followed by the Pinacoteca di Brera. Last but not least, a day of shopping is always a guarantee in the city of chic. Ready to be explored, Milan remains on the cutting edge of it all.

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Gera d'Adda: leggende che scorrono tra Adda e Milano

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Milan, a fun with the children

Vittorio Emanuele Gallery

Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, inspiring monuments

Brera Picture Gallery

Brera Picture Gallery

Museo del Novecento

Museo del Novecento

Duomo of Milan

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Duomo of Milan

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Piccolo Teatro

Piccolo Teatro

The Last Supper

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Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, museums in Milan

Cimitero Monumentale in Milan, a real open-air museum

Cimitero Monumentale in Milan, a real open-air museum

Test Drive a Ferrari 458 on an Italian racing track.

Test Drive a Ferrari 458 on an Italian racing track.

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Heli-Total Wellness & Day Spa

Aperitif on the Torre Branca, in the center of Parco Sempione

Aperitif on the Torre Branca, in the center of Parco Sempione

The Last Supper, guided tour to the great work of Leonardo

The Last Supper, guided tour to the great work of Leonardo

Test Drive a Ferrari 488 on an Italian racing track.

Test Drive a Ferrari 488 on an Italian racing track.

The Rooftop of the Duomo

The Rooftop of the Duomo

Licensed tour, hiking and experiential Guides in Lombardia

Licensed tour, hiking and experiential Guides in Lombardia

Guided tour of Classic Milan

Guided tour of Classic Milan

Longboard course for beginners

Longboard course for beginners

The Underground Milan – The hidden archaeological areas

The Underground Milan – The hidden archaeological areas

Contemporary architecture in Milan: the Porta Nuova District

Contemporary architecture in Milan: the Porta Nuova District

San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a very precious jewel

San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a very precious jewel

On the Navigli between courtyards and old-fashioned houses

On the Navigli between courtyards and old-fashioned houses

Heli-Romantic Tour

Heli-Romantic Tour

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a tour to the masterpieces of Art

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana,  a tour to the masterpieces of Art

The heart of Milan

The heart of Milan

Heli-Wine & Taste Tour

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Heli-Wine & Taste Tour

Milan Street Art Tour, Navigli and Ticinese area

Milan Street Art Tour, Navigli and Ticinese area

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KLIMA HOTEL MILANO FIERE

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON MILAN CENTER

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CARLYLE BRERA HOTEL

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B&B HOTEL MILANO SANT'AMBROGIO

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B&B HOTEL MILANO SESTO MARELLI

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B&B HOTEL MILANO SAN SIRO

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RESIDENCE DOMUS

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UNAHOTELS SCANDINAVIA MILANO

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Ming Hao Hotel

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Starhotels Business Palace

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Hotel Tiffany Milano

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Grand Hotel Et De Milan

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Discover the city of the Duomo! With its rich history and hundreds of sights, running out of stuff to do in Milan is impossible! Visiting Milan should be on everyone’s bucket list – it is a city for everyone!

Milan is one of Italy’s largest cities. It’s also a great hub for more of your Italian travels! Visit Milan, stay for a week, and take a train to a new beautiful location: the Como Lake, Verona and Venice are relatively close by!

Don’t leave before you’ve seen all of Milan, though! There’s much more to see than the centuries-old churches and cathedrals. Submerge into Milan’s and Italy’s culture – it’s a unique experience!

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Milan is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most important fashion capitals, but it also has a wealth of interesting museums and things to see and do.

In our Milan guide, you'll find all the necessary information to plan your stay in the capital of Lombardy and make the most of your holidays , be it for a weekend or for longer.

Tourism in Milan

Milan offers all the advantages of a large city , but it's relatively small , thus making it perfect to visit, as tourists can get to most of the city’s attractions and museums on foot.

Some of the city’s most beautiful attractions include the Duomo di Milano , an impressive Opera House , a striking castle , ancient churches, and a great variety of museums and art galleries .

For those that also want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life , you can hire a car or take the train to one of the prettiest landscapes of northern Italy, the Italian lakes . Its green hills and crystal-clear lakes make it a perfect summer destination.

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Free Walking Tour of Milan Discover the secrets of an Italian city that combines history, fashion and architecture in equal parts on this free walking tour .

Swiss Alps + St Moritz by Train You'll travel along one of the most fascinating train routes in the world , passing through the Bernina Strait , across the Swiss Alps and on to St. Moritz .

Last Supper Tour The Last Supper. Leonardo's masterpiece is so ingrained in our culture that a guided tour taking in the original is an essential visit in Milan.

Milan Sightseeing Bus The open-top Milan sightseeing bus is the perfect way to discover all the main landmarks around the magnificent Italian city .

With your ticket to the  Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci , you'll visit the largest permanent exhibition dedicated to the famous polymath .

Navigli Canals Boat Trip On our  Navigli Canals boat trip , you'll explore a 12th-century canal system in Milan . We'll learn all about the history of the waterways with an audio guide!

Lake Como Excursion On this excursion from Milan , we'll enter the Lake District , at the foot of the Italian Alps. You can visit Bellagio or Brunate .

Teatro alla Scala Guided Tour Explore one of the world's most famous operas , and discover its secrets as well as a great collection of costumes, instruments, and works of art.

Day Trip to Venice Canals, gondolas, palaces, history, glory... on this day tour you'll discover by boat and foot the beauty of Venice, a truly unique city.

Milan Guided City Tour Discover the charms of the capital of Lombardy on this complete guided tour of Milan. Admire the La Scala Theatre, the Duomo and da Vinci's Last Supper!

Segway Tour by Night Milan has a different charm by night. Discover the city by Segway as you drink in the financial centre and the skyscrapers of the world capital of fashion .

Guided Tour of Sforza Castle Visit Sforza Castle , one of the most iconic monuments in Milan . On the tour you will discover the history of the building, and the various museums inside.

Leonardo3 Museum Ticket Discover the world of Leonardo da Vinci, one of history's most influential artists & inventors , with unpublished reconstructions of his machines and paintings.

Secret Milan Bike Tour Join us on this bike tour through the lesser-known parts of Milan ! We'll cycle through areas rarely visited and to get a glimpse of the real Milanese life.

Shopping Trip to Serravalle Versace, Dolce & Gabanna and Prada are just some of the brands you will find at discounts of up to 70%. Save and stay stylish in Europe's biggest mall.

Como & Bellagio Day Trip + Cruise Two of the most beautiful towns in northern Italy are at the center of this day trip to Como and Bellagio from Milan. Plus, we'll visit  Madonna del Ghisallo .

On this excursion from Milan, we'll visit Lake Como , one of the most amazing landscapes of northern Italy, and cross the border with Switzerland to Lugano .

Lake Garda and Verona Day Trip Live the passion of Romeo and Juliet in Verona with this Lake Garda and Verona Day Trip. During the tour, visit charmingly romantic spots such as Sirmione.

Milan Pass The Milan Pass offers you free entrance into many a variety of museums around the city and even includes unlimited public transport .

Segway Tour Want to see Milan in a different way? If you've never ridden a Segway before, this is your opportunity to discover the main attractions of Lombardy's capital

Brera Guided Tour & Pinacoteca di Brera Ticket Works by Caravaggio, Raffaello, Tintoretto and other extraordinary artists await you in the Pinacoteca di Brera. Afterwards, you'll go on a guided tour of this

Fidenza Village Outlet Shopping Tour Huge discounts on internationally famous brands await you on this shopping tour of the Fidenza Village outlets from Milan – don't miss out!

Astronomical Museum of Brera Ticket On this guided visit to the Astronomical Museum of Brera , you'll discover many interesting details about outer space . Discover the importance of this building!

Guitars, American food , music , and a unique setting await at the Hard Rock Cafe Milan . You can have a drink, eat and enjoy some rock in the capital of fashion.

Milan Ghost Tour When the sun sets and nightfall takes over the city, the  ghosts  come out to play. Discover the dark, haunted stories on this nighttime tour of Milan. 

Cruise on Navigli Canals with Aperitif On this boat ride along the Navigli canals , you'll sail through one of the most authentic areas of the city while having some delicious aperitifs !

Cremona Excursion On this excursion to Cremona , we'll discover the city where the best violins in the world are made, its monuments, and its luthiers' workshops!

Lake Maggiore Day Trip Napoleon, Hemingway, Lady Dianna ... Why has Lake Maggiore captivated so many? Discover it on this day trip that includes a cruise of the Borromean islands .

Bergamo and Lake Iseo Excursion On this excursion to Bergamo and Lake Iseo , we'll visit the largest lake island in Europe, explore the most beautiful villages, and see medieval monuments!

Rome Day Trip by High Speed Train Be seduced by the charm of the Eternal City with this day trip to Rome. The Italian capital will capture you, just as with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

Lake Como, Lugano & Bellagio Tour This tour to Lake Como, Lugano and Bellagio from Milan we'll take you through the beautiful alpine landscapes of northern Italy and southern Switzerland .

Football Tour: San Siro and Casa Milan The Giuseppe Meazza stadium better known as the San Siro , is one of the Italian shrines of football. Discover the history of the stadium and AC Milan

Cinque Terre Day Trip Fall in love with the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites which make up the Cinque Terre on this unforgettable day trip to the Ligurian coast from Milan.

5-day Northern Italy Lakes Tour + Bernina Express Discover the lakes of Northern Italy on this 5-day circuit through the landscapes of Lombardy and Piedmont. Plus, we'll ride the Bernina Express !

Milan Duomo Tour Head into the Duomo di Milano, a symbol par excellence of the city . Go down to the crypts and up to the terrace to enjoy the unique views.

Looking for plans in Lombardy? This electric bike tour of Milan will take you to explore the main charms of the city, combining sport and tourism. Let's roll!

On this excursion to Monza and the Royal Gardens , we'll tour this city in Lombardy and visit the exterior of the important neoclassical palace.

Let yourself be captivated by the beautiful alpine scenery of Switzerland with this tour to Interlaken from Milan on the Green Train of the Alps .

Monte Bianco & Courmayeur Tour Discover two of the gems of northern Italy with this full-day trip from Milan: Monte Bianco, the Italian side of Mont Blanc, and the village of Courmayeur .

Bergamo Tour The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Piazza Vecchia and many more monuments await us on this half-day tour to Bergamo from Milan .

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Guided Visit Discover one of the most iconic museums in Lombardy and learn about the brilliant mind of Leonardo da Vinci on our  Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Guided Visit in Milan .

Navigli Walking Tour Explore one of Milan's most beautiful districts with this Navigli Walking Tour. Discover the area's hidden charm as you walk past the unique Naviglio Grande.

Why read our Milan guide?

Introducing Milan is a guide created by travelers with, trying to help you plan your trip in the best way possible . It'll help you to get to know the most interesting places in the city , which are the most famous dishes , and the best places to stay , or even the tricks you can use to save the most money while still enjoying your trip .

All the information in this guide has been updated in October 2022 , if you find anything which you think should be changed please be sure to contact us .

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Castelmola, a window over the sea a stone's throw from Taormina

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Frosolone: one of the most beautiful Italian villages, in Molise

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Castel del Monte: the fortress of mysteries in Andria

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In the beautiful Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in South Tyrol

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Alto Adige: Merano amid castles, Art Nouveau buildings and spas

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The Aosta Valley and Its Castles

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Castelli Romani Regional Park

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Castles of the Duchy of the Piacenza and Parma area

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Courmayeur, a mix of style and tradition

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The Asiago Plateau

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The Sorrento peninsula: emerald green waters and the scent of lemons

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Lombardy: a dynamic land immersed in the present and reaching toward the future, but with an extraordinary heritage of art and nature Lombardy is a region in the north of Italy known for its industry and finance, of course, but also for its art and extraordinary landscapes, starting with the picturesque lakes and its mountains, Valcamonica and Valtellina in primis. Capital and symbolic city, Milan represents the industrious heart that goes hand in hand with other cities with a vibrant spirit.

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Trentino is sure to amaze you with its immense natural heritage, the spectacular splendour of the Dolomites and fascinating sites steeped in history Discover Trentino’s culture of slow travel, taking the time to savour every corner among nature and cultural trails and educational farms. You will find hundreds of hotels offering wellness centres for truly relaxing holidays for the whole family in some of Italy's most beautiful villages, set in unique landscapes.

South Tyrol

South Tyrol

Alto Adige is a dream place to discover all year round amidst green valleys and snow-capped peaks Combine the relaxation of spa treatments with the pleasure of fun in the snow for a real wellness boost amidst Alpine lakes, beautiful villages and state-of-the-art ski facilities suitable for all ages. All this and more in the majestic scenery of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Alto Adige.

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Veneto, a region of wonder, with cities of art of undisputed beauty, as well as the most pristine nature The beauty of Lake Garda, the charm of the Dolomites, the sea of Jesolo, the hills covered with vineyards and the relaxing thermal baths, on top of an immense artistic and historical heritage, elegant cities such as Venice and Verona, quaint villages and breathtaking landscapes. Veneto is all this and much more.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Friuli-Venezia Giulia Friuli Venezia Giulia: a treasure chest nestled between sea and mountains A border region sandwiched between the Friulian Dolomites and the Upper Adriatic, blessed with an immense cultural heritage resulting from the influence of different cultures and peoples, cosmopolitan and modern, Friuli Venezia Giulia will also seduce you with its temptations of relaxation, sport and fun.

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Tucked-away villages, secret little beaches and superb nature: how enchanting Liguria is! Liguria is a wonderful strip of land enclosed between the sea and the mountains, with pastel-coloured houses and breathtaking views. With lush unspoilt nature, many small towns to discover and an incomparable culinary tradition, it enraptures the eye and the heart.

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Emilia Romagna, a region of unrivalled charm, with immense artistic beauty and unparalleled hospitality Emilia Romagna with its Riviera Romagnola offers beach tourism that attracts families and young people to its shores every summer. Rich in sites of historical and cultural interest, this region boasts a world-renowned wine and food tradition. Skilful hospitality does the rest, making Emilia Romagna an ideal holiday destination in every season. Video credits: Oliver Astrologo

Firenze

Tuscany will win you over with its unique landscapes, cities of art, thousand-year-old history and fantastic food Tuscany’s magical atmosphere evolves day by day as you stroll around the cities of art, cycle in the parks, enjoy the sea or savour its typical products, in a region with a one-of-a-kind natural, cultural and historical heritage that has fascinated visitors for centuries.

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Marche

Le Marche, a plunge into the history, art and architecture of a region with the scent of the sea and redolent of traditions and hospitality A great variety of landscapes and an infinite range of colours that make the area's natural beauty incomparable, plus an artistic heritage that fears no comparison: this is how the Marches, with an area of no more than 10,000 square kilometres, will captivate you forever.

Sardinia

Sardinia: a journey to the island of the emerald sea, nuraghi, unspoilt nature and millenary traditions Crystal-clear waters, beaches of soft, white sand, granite rocks framed by wild, fragrant Mediterranean scrub: welcome to Sardinia, an island of a thousand contrasts that will also seduce you with its unique archaeological heritage and its people's innate sense of hospitality.

Bracciano

Lazio is not only Rome: landscapes and monuments of Lazio Rome, the capital of Italy and a unique open-air museum in the world, is enough to make Lazio one of the most beautiful and interesting regions. Even in terms of landscape, it boasts an area of great impact and remarkable variety, with its long coastline, beautiful hills and Apennine mountains. A destination to fall in love with.

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Visit Milan: Top 15 Things To Do and Must-See Attractions

Things to do in milan: the 15 best places to visit (all highlights).

When you think about Milan, the first thing that pops into your mind is the capital of fashion and shopping.

The city is indeed famous for its fashion weeks and many designer boutiques. And now you understand why your girlfriend wants to visit Milan! Your bank account will suffer…

I am joking, of course Milan is a lot more than this!

In order to help you plan your stay in this beautiful Italian city, I have prepared a guide of the 15 best things to do in Milan . You will see, there are a lot of places of historical or cultural interest, starting with the most emblematic tourist attraction, the Milan Cathedral.

In addition, I will give you itineraries to visit Milan in 1, 2 or 3 days as well as my selection of the best accommodations in town.

So, what to do in Milan? Here are the best 15 points of interest!

1. Milan Cathedral

2. la galleria vittorio emanuele ii, 3. la scala de milan, 4. sforza castle, 5. parco sempione, 6. santa maria delle grazie church, 7. museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia “leonardo da vinci”, 8. basilica of sant’ambrogio, 9. visit the cimitero monumentale, 10. pinacoteca di brera, 11. the royal palace of milan, 12. navigli canals, 13. shopping in milan, 14. piazza affari, 15. milan chinatown, lake como, lake garda and lake maggiore, a day in milan.

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Let’s start this list of the top things to do in Milan with the must-see monument of the city: The Milan Cathedral (“Duomo di Milano” in Italian) . The symbol of the city is located on Piazza del Duomo, the historic center and best starting point for a stay in Milan.

Started in 1386, the construction of Milan Cathedral took nearly 500 years. It was finished under the order of Napoleon Bonaparte who absolutely wanted to be crowned as king of Italy there.

This architectural wonder is the third largest cathedral in the world, after St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and the Cathedral of Seville .

From the outside, you can admire its facade entirely made of perfectly carved stones. The 2.000 white marble statues and 136 arrows makes the whole thing super impressive! When seeing it, you clearly understand why it’s nicknamed “the marble hedgehog”.

The interior is also worth a visit, with its 5 sumptuous naves and 52 columns, each representing a week of the year. You can also admire sarcophagi and tombs of several archbishops, as well as a crucifix made by the master Leonardo Da Vinci himself!

But the highlight of the visit is the possibility to go on the terrace of the Cathedral. From up there, the view of Milan is breathtaking! You can choose to go there either by stairs or elevator, the second option being of course a bit more expensive.

Voyage Tips Advice As Milan Cathedral is the main attraction of the city, you will always have to wait in line (often for several hours) to go inside. Personally, during my visit in July, I had never seen such a long waiting line for a monument!

Plan to be there at the opening, or even better, half an hour before to reduce the waiting time.

The best thing to do however is to buy your tickets online or booking a guided tour of the cathedral. You can buy them by clicking here . It’s the best way to save (a lot) of time when you visit Milan!

And if you want to learn everything about Milan Cathedral , you should really opt for a guided tour.

This one by GetyourGuide Originals is the best tour in English! It’s so good that they will give you a full refund if you don’t enjoy it.

To book it, simply click the button below:

To learn everything about Milan’s must see attractions , a great option is to opt for a guided visit of Milan in English . It includes a city tour, the Cathedral and “The Last Supper” Da Vinci Painting.

It offers great value for money , you will see a lot more things and it’s cheaper than booking the Cathedral and the Last Supper guided visits separately. This guided tour of Milan needs to be booked here:

Milan Cathedral

Just outside the cathedral, on the Piazza del Duomo, you can visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, another top attraction in Milan.

The place is very photogenic and luminous, with its magnificent arcades and superb dome made of glass and iron. Nicknamed “Il salotto”, the Galleria is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe , so don’t miss it during your trip to Italy!

Inside, you can find some of the most famous fashion designers stores, including Vuitton and Prada, as well as many high-end restaurants. You should definitely go there with a full wallet, if your sweetheart decides to do a little shopping!

You’re going to Milan?

You probably know it: the hardest part of planning your trip is to find an hotel offering a good value for money!

The closer you get to your travel dates, the harder it will be to get a good deal. Lots of people will be visiting Milan on the same dates as you , so you can be sure that the best deals are booked extremely quickly!

Hopefully, there is a pretty simple solution to this problem: do like me and book your hotel as early as possible!

So, my best advice is to take 5 minutes (now) to have a look at the list of travelers’ favorite hotels in Milan.

And if you see a good offer, book it!

Most hotels offer free cancellation, so it’s quick, easy, and you will avoid the the inconvenience of finding nothing but mediocre rooms at exorbitant prices.

To check the current best deals for your hotel in Milan, simply click on the green button below 😎:

Once you’ve booked your hotel, it will be time to continue reading this guide and find out more about the best things to do in Milan!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Leaving from the Piazza del Duomo , along the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, you will arrive directly on Piazza della Scala. As the name suggests, it’s where La Scala, the famous Milan Opera house is located.

Along with the San Carlo Theater in Naples and the Fenice in Venice , it’s one of Italy’s 3 most prestigious operas.

Masterpieces of Italian opera have been created here, such as “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini or “Otello” by Verdi. Also, one of the greatest classical singers of all time, Maria Callas, has performed in La Scala.

I didn’t have the opportunity to see the interior, but it’s world famous for being sumptuous. So you should really go if you can! The exterior facade however, is quite simple.

On the left of the building you can visit the Museum of La Scala and its collection of musical instruments, opera costumes and historical documents.

If you wish to attend a concert, an opera or ballet performance at La Scala , you can buy your tickets directly on the official website.

And if you would like to book a guided tour of the Opera and the museum entrance, you need to go on this on this website . Once again, booking in advance is the best way to save time!

La Scala, Milan Opera house

If you take Via Dante from the Piazza del Duomo, you will arrive directly at the main entrance of the Sforza Castle, another iconic monument of Milan.

This very impressive castle is located in the center of the city.

it was built in 1358 by the famous Visconzi family to protect and defend the city against its enemy, Venice. Destroyed and rebuilt multiple times, it’s famous for having hosted Leonardo DaVinci workshops during the Renaissance period.

 Today, the castle hosts several museums:

  • The Museum of Ancient art, with frescoes of the Sforza family and many sculptures
  • The prehistoric collections of the Archaeological Museum of Milan . There, you can learn about the story of Lombardy since the Neolithic
  • Museum of Decorative Arts, with the work of stonecutters, weavers and upholsterers
  • The Egyptian Museum and its collection of sarcophagi and mummies
  • The Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, with more than 1500 works of art from the 13th to the 18th century
  • The Museum of musical instruments from around the world
  • The Antique Furniture and Wooden Sculpture Museum.

The vast inner courtyard of the castle is open to the public for free. It often hosts cultural events.

When I was there, there was an event celebrating the launch of Game Of Throne season 7. They installed a central stage with a huge screen to broadcast episodes of the past seasons. The reconstruction of the iron throne and the transformation of the fountain at the entrance with ice stalactites were also quite popular. Winter is coming!

If you walk across Sforza Castle , you will arrive directly in  Parco Sempione.

The fountain, in front of Sforza Castle south entrance

Just behind the Sforza castle, you will find the green lung of the city. The  Parco Sempione (Simplon Park in english) is the largest public park in Milan and a perfect place to rest a bit.

Some buildings worth seeing while strolling around:

  • The Civic Aquarium of Milan , and its nice architecture. The visit isn’t really worth it, as it’s quite small
  • The Triennale , highlighting the arts and Italian architecture
  • The Arena Civica , a multi-purpose stadium dating from 1807, where sport events are held
  • The Arco della Pace , the triumphal arch of Milan, built to celebrate peace. I loved the architecture!

Arco della Pace, north of Parco Sempione

Without a doubt the most famous church in Milan, Santa Maria delle Grazie is known for housing one of the most beautiful masterpieces ever made, the painting of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci painted the Last Supper in the refectory of the monastery, now called “Cenacolo” in reference to the masterpiece. Thousands of tourists come every year to admire this painting representing the last meal of Jesus Christ.

If you haven’t booked your guided tour of Milan ( by clicking here ), remember to book this visit in advance, you can only visit by appointment and in small groups of twenty people for 15 minutes. You can by your tickets on this website .

To make the most out of your visit, it’s however recommended to book a tour with a certified guide. You will learn everything about the Last Supper painting!

To book it, you need to click the button below:

The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci

Since we are talking about Leonardo da Vinci, You may know that the city of Milan has dedicated him a huge museum: the Museo nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci  (Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci). It’s one of Milan best tourist attraction.

Installed in a former 16th century monastery, the museum exhibits more than thirty models reconstructing the bold inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci, ranging from war machines to measuring instruments.

The exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci is only a tiny part of this gigantic museum . Over several floors, you will discover aviation, rail transport, automobile, naval transport, space, communications and many others.

In order to avoid waiting at the entrance of the museum, you should book your tickets in advance here . It’s what I always do when I travel, and It saved me countless hours of waiting in line!

Voyage Tips Advice The Museum of Science and Technology  is ideal for a family visit. However, it’s very big, so you will need to plan about half a day to visit it.

Interior of a steam locomotive at the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum

As it’s very close to the Museum of Science and Technology, I advise you to go have a look at the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio after your visit of the museum.

Named after the patron saint of the city, a first church was built on site in 386. The current basilica, one of the oldest in the city , was completed in 1099.

The exterior of the church, with its 2 brick towers of different heights and beautiful atrium is quite unusual. This point of interest isn’t very well known  by tourists, but it’s definitely worth a look. A great opportunity to take nice pictures!

Inside, you can see: the sarcophagus of Stilicon and the crypt, where the remains of Saint Ambrose, Saint Gervasus and Saint Protasus are located.

Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio Milan

You’re looking for an unusual place to visit in Milan? You should then definitely visit the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano (“Monumental Cemetery” in English).

Now you think I am weird! Ok, let me tell you something: even if I like zombies stories, walks in cemeteries after dark aren’t really my thing. The Monumental cemetery of Milan however is really worth seeing, because it’s really special.

More than a cemetery, it is a huge open-air museum with many artistic tombs.

At the main entrance, you can see the graves of the most important citizens of the country . Amongst the most popular, you can find a pyramid, a white tower or a marble four-poster bed shaped tomb. Milan wealthy families have really competed to stand out , as the numerous sculptures of angels or statues can attest.

At the entrance, don’t forget to take the map of the cemetery. You don’t want to miss anything of this unusual visit!

 Good thing to note: It’s closed on Mondays.

Monumental Cemetery Milan

The Pinacoteca di Brera (“Brera Art Gallery” in English) houses one of the most important art collection in Italy.

It’s located in the Palazzo Brera, built on a former monastery. At the time, monks were the first to make it a cultural center with a school, an astronomical observatory and a library.

Since then, the collection of the Art Gallery just kept growing. Today, the works are exhibited in about forty rooms and are arranged in chronological order, according to the art technique used.

Amongst the most famous masterpieces, you can admire Raphael’s ”The Marriage of the Virgin” or Caravaggio’s ”Last Supper to Emmaus”.

Information for the schedule and entrance fee is available on the Pinacoteca di Brera official website . The tickets for the museum can be bought in advance here.

Pinacoteca di Brera

As the seat of the Milanese government for many years, the Royal Palace of Milan has become an important cultural center of the city. Several exhibitions are organized every year, whether of modern or contemporary art, fashion or design.

The Royal Palace is over 7,000 square meters, and is home to many paintings lent by some of the most prestigious museums in the world.

You can also visit the museum of the palace. It presents its own history as well as the city and population of Milan history.

Divided into 4 parts, the museum allows you to explore the Neoclassical , Napoleonic ,  and Restoration periods, ending with the unification of Italy , a very important period in the history of Milan.

Royal Palace of Milan

Another place you shouldn’t miss in Milan is the Navigli district, crossed by canals. It’s the most picturesque of Milan!

Originally, this system of canals connected the Po to the lakes of the region. They were used to transport goods and supply Milan with water.

The system of dam and locks used was invented by Leonardo da Vinci (him again!). Even the marble used for the construction of the Milan Cathedral, was transported by these canals.

Today, you can go to the Navigli district, walk quietly along the canals and enjoy a drink or a meal on one of the restaurant terraces.

The best is to go there at the end of the day, with the light of the setting sun. It’s a very romantic neighborhood, especially in the evening with the lights reflecting in the canals and the local life starting in the numerous bars and restaurants.

Navigli district in Milan

Yep, we had to include a short paragraph about shopping in Milan in this article. The city is internationally recognized as the capital of fashion and design after all!

For shopaholics, we advise you to go to the quadrilateral of fashion (“Quadrilatero della moda” in Italian) composed by the following 4 streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Manzoni.

If you have a big budget, you will find everything you need in the boutiques of great Italian designers like Versace and Gucci. This is also where the Milan Fashion Week takes place.

And for those who want to shop without ruining themselves, go to The Highline Outlet, located in the heart of Milan. You will find a lot of brands at discounted prices.

If you really love shopping, you should definitely book one of theses 2 tours to the best outlets:

  • Fox town outlet ticket
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If you still haven’t found happiness after that, there is always the “I love Milan” T-shirt solution, a classic!

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If you have time during your stay in Milan, go to the business square to admire a unique monument.

Located in front of the Milan Stock Exchange headquarters in Piazza Affari, you will find a magnificent 11-meter marble statue representing a giant middle finger. Baptized LOVE (Libertà, Odio, Vendetta, Eternità or Freedom, Hate, Vengeance, Eternity in English), the statue was created by the Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan to taunt the financial institution.

It was criticized and was supposed to be removed after a few months, but for now, it’s still in place since 2010

LOVE sculpture milan middle finger

Few people know it but there is a Chinatown in Milan. Just don’t expect a Chinatown the size of New York or even Montreal , this one is quite small.

However, you will find lots of shops selling jewellery at unbeatable prices. And if you want to buy some Chinese noodles (in addition to Italian pasta of course!) or Asian groceries, it’s the best place to find them!

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All located between 1h and 1h30 from Milan, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda are a good idea for a day trip, if you want to get away from the city.

You can find more info about the things to see around the lakes in our article: The 20 best things to do in Italy .

At 60 kilometers from Milan, you can visit the beautiful fortified city of Bergamo. Like the lakes, it’s perfect for a day trip! A must see for the upper side of the town, a very nice medieval city.

If you have 2 or 3 days, your should really seize the opportunity to visit Turin during your trip in Italy. The city is only at 1 hour by express train from Milan! You can find all my best tips to visit Turin in my article: Visit Turin: the ultimate guide.

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If you have one day to visit Milan, here is a good itinerary to discover the city’s must-see attractions:

  • Start by visiting Milan Cathedral in the morning, trying to be there 15 to 30 minutes before the opening.
  • Then, have a walk in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the beautiful luxury shopping mall located just next to the cathedral.
  • On the other side of the Galleria, you can see the opera of Milan: La Scala
  • Lunch break
  • After the meal, head to Sforza Castle, its museums and Parco Sempione, about 10-15 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Milan.
  • You can also go to Milan’s Chinatown , north of the Arco della Pace

Another solution that can be interesting is to take the Hop-on Hop-off  bus and see all Milan’s best points of interest in a day. Book your tickets now !

In 2 days in Milan, in addition to the 1st day itinerary, you will be able to visit the following tourist attractions:

  • The Monumental Cemetery in the morning. The visit takes 1h-1h30.
  • If you feel like walking a bit (about 40 minutes), you can walk to the Leonardo Da Vinci Science and Technology Museum , passing by the Arco della Pace . Otherwise, take the bus or subway!
  • Visit The Museum of Science and Technology (3-4 hours)
  • After visiting the museum, take a walk to St. Ambrose Basilica, which is just 5 minutes away. Don’t miss the original architecture of Castello Cova , located next to it.
  • In the evening, head to the Navigli district. It’s very nice at dusk!

if you have planned to Visit Milan in 2 days, I highly recommend you to take the Milan pass ( buy it here ). It can be used as a skip the line ticket for Milan’s best attractions like the Duomo and Lac Scala opera. With the pass, you also get free unlimited access to public transport as well as many rebates for 48h.

3 days in Milan will allow you to discover the city a bit more in depth, or to take a day trip to one of the many points of interest around Milan.

If you plan to stay in the city, you can seize the opportunity and visit 1 or 2 other museums such as the Pinacoteca or the Royal Palace of Milan. And of course, do some shopping! You are in the fashion capital after all.

Another option is to go for a day trip to Lake Como, about 1 hour from Milan by train or car.

The city of Bergamo is a great alternative, less than an hour away. And I am telling you, it’s worth a look!

  • Hostel Colours : Hostel, located in the Citta Studi district, 5 minutes walk from a metro station. Bed in dormitory from 20€, breakfast included. Strong points: quiet, clean, reception open 24/24. The best choice in town for backpackers
  • Da Vinci Hotel : Located away from the city center but only 10 minutes walk from a metro station. Huge double room with modern and bright decoration from 54€ per night, breakfast included. What I loved: quiet, spacious rooms, free parking, and the big breakfast buffet. My favorite for its amazing value for money!
  • 43 Station Hotel : 2 steps away from Milan Central Station. Modern and spacious room from 89€ per night, breakfast at 8€. Strong points: Brand new and well equipped hotel, generous breakfast, great location.
  • Suite Milano Duomo : 5 stars hotel located at only 5 minutes walk from Milan Cathedral. Large design rooms starting at 325€ per night. Strong points: the location, the welcome, the staff. It’s the best hotel for a luxury stay in Milan!

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First of all, I strongly recommend you to avoid the touristic areas (like around the Piazza del Duomo) if you want to have a good meal. I went to have a look in the restaurants next to this famous place, and I realized that the pizzas served were coming straight out of the freezer! A shame for an Italian city!

I asked the waiter of a restaurant, and he confirmed me the majority of tourist restaurants don’t even have pizzaiolo.

So here are some good restaurants in Milan for you:

  • Rizzocomeacasa : Superb little Italian bistro. Fresh products, homemade, copious dishes for a very reasonable price. Delicious desserts. Awesome value for money.
  • Pizzium : Excellent pizzeria located close to the Monumental cemetery and Chinatown. Between 7 and 13€ a pizza with fresh produces. You should also try the desserts! Top class service, very welcoming and smiling staff. Go early to make sure you get a seat.
  • Nerino Dieci Trattoria : Located in a street close to the Pinacoteca di Brera. Excellent cuisine, meticulous presentation, succulent dishes at a very reasonable price. We haven’t tried it, but apparently the “tiramisu trio” is awesome! Booking strongly recommended.

The reputation of Milan Cathedral isn’t overrated, I was really impressed by the exterior facade’s details fineness. The same goes for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II, whose architecture is simply astonishing. These are the 2 best places to visit in Milan.

On the other hand, I did not think there would be so many people, the city is really very touristy . The piazza del Duomo is constantly invaded by a gigantic crowd.

You will find yourself quickly assaulted by selfie sticks, bracelets, scarves, whatever sellers. It’s a very common practice in Milan, and the insistence of salesmen, although nice, makes it somewhat annoying.

However, it is a flaw you will quickly forgive to the city of Milan , which is worth seeing at least once in a lifetime, especially for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II and the Milan Cathedral.

And you, what do you plan to visit in Milan?

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Discussion 12 comments.

Maureen

Hey Vincent,

I am going to Milan and Turin for 5 days in june, and at first I planned to spend 3 days in Milan and 2 in Turin. However, from your articles, it seems that it would be wiser to do the contrary.

Do you think there are more things to do in Turin than Milan? Is 2 days in Milan really enough to visit the city?

Vincent

Hello Maureen,

Yes, it is definitely wiser to spend 3 days in Turin and 2 in Milan. Milan is a great city to visit, but there are less must-see tourist attractions than in Turin, and they are very close to each others. So yes, two days in Milan is enough for the main points of interest!

Enjoy your stay in the city.

Ehssan

Hi, first of let me to to thank you for your fruitful explanation, and then let me know that to visit Milan in 5 days and see all 15 articles, should I rent a car or use public transportation? And all those restaurants which you mentioned is the best or we can find some others as well ??

Many thanks Ehssan javadi

To visit all the best things to do in Milan, you don’t need to rent a car. The city isn’t very big and you can do everything on foot or by public transportation.

If you also want to go around Milan, to Turin or Lake Como for example, you can take the train or rent a car.

For the good restaurants, there are a lot in Milan. Just avoid eating in the most touristic areas and you should be fine 🙂

Enjoy your trip!

Lucia

hi! I’m planning on visiting Milan for four days. because of our hotel in Milan, we have to stay there all the time, but now I see that Turin is also a place to visit.. Tell me please, can I just go there by bus/train and then come back to Milan later that same day? is that kind of trip doable and recommended?

thanks upfront Lu

Hello Lucia,

Yes, you can go to Turin as a day trip, no problem!

The train is faster than the bus, it takes only 1h15-1h30 (vs around 2h-2h30 for the bus)

In Turin, you will not have the time to visit everything in 1 day, but you can have a look at my guide of the best things to do in the city (it includes a 1 day itinerary) and choose what you want to visit: The 20 best things to do in Turin .

If you have any other question about Milan or Turin, don’t hesitate to ask me 🙂

jane

thanks for the wide vast information. i will be travelling in milan in november. and the accomodation till the duomo on foot is of 20 minute walk. is milan a walkable city? i would like to visti the nargili city. also is there a bus/tram card for a 3 day stay? where is to but tickets?

Yes, Milan is very easy to visit on foot if you your hotel is located close to the Duomo.

The only 2 places that might require you to use public transports to reach them (depending on your hotel location) are the Cimitero Monumentale and Navigli district, both located at around 30 minutes walk from the Duomo.

In the city, you can purchase a 24h or 48h transport card (there is no 72h version), but as I said, it’s not really necessary unless you don’t like to or can’t walk much.

Enjoy your trip to Milan, and if you have other questions, don’t hesitate!

Theresa

Hej Vincent, Thank you for all the information.

i am traveling this July in Milan for a week and thinking to visit Cinque Terre and venice, is it doable only a day trip?

Thank you for the answer in advance.

Hello Theresa,

Thank you very much! I’m glad that my article about the best things to do in Milan helps you to plan your visit.

To get to Venice from Milan, it takes 3 hours by car or 2.5 hours by train just to get there. For Milan – Cinque Terre, it’s a little more than 3 hours by car or train (one way). So, for only one day, it’s really a lot of travel time.

In any case, enjoy your stay in Milan!

Zoila

Thank you for this information. Me and my husband is going to visit Milan on June 2023. This really gives me a lot of idea what to do and must see while we are in Milan since it will be a really a short trip. 4 days to be exact. Can’t wait to experience Milan’s tourist attraction and of course the shopping sites. I love that you include about the round trip bus going to Serravalle designer outlet store. I was wondering what is weather during first week of June just so we know what proper clothes to bring. I know it’s summer time but could be cold at night right? Thank you in advance.

Hello Zoila,

Thank you very much! I’m glad that my guide of the best things to do in Milan is helping you to plan your stay.

For the weather, as Milan is in the north of Italy, it will be a bit cool in the morning and at the end of the day in the beginning of June.

It should however be relatively warm during the day, however keep in mind that when visiting the Duomo or the churches, short shorts/mini skirts and sleeveless tee shirts are not allowed. You thus should bring a shawl to cover yourself.

Enjoy your stay in Milan!

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It's one of the world's fashion capitals, of course, and Milan certainly does style like few other places. Locals walk around impeccably dressed; visitors prance between the shops in the Quadrilatero d'Oro, or 'Golden Rectangle' – the streets around Via Montenapoleone which are home to all the best known brands.

Sometimes, this feels like the most modern city in Italy. The fashion houses are responsible for a new crop of contemporary art galleries in repurposed industrial spaces: the Fondazione Prada, Armani Silos and Pirelli Hangarbicocca for starters. Then there's the design scene – the Triennale hosts a permanent exhibition on Italian design, and every April, the Salone del Mobile, or Milan Design Week, fills the city with pop-up boutiques and galleries. Even the nightlife is forward-looking – some of the most inventive cocktail bars in Europe are located here.Of course, Milan has history, too. The Duomo – the vast wedding cake of a building that is Europe's second largest church – was started in 1386 (but only completed in 1965, so intricate was the design). The Brera is one of Italy's finest art galleries, showing works from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. And of course, this is the city of Leonardo da Vinci, who worked in the Castello Sforzesco and painted his famous "Last Supper" in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Past, present, and – over in the Porta Garibaldi neighborhood – the future. Few cities are as energizing as Milan.

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Milan is led less by seasons, more by events. Fashion Week and the Salone del Mobile send prices rocketing, but go right after the events — MFW is usually in late February to early March, and again in September, while the Salone del Mobile is in April — and you'll find the city still buzzing, with special events and exhibits, although hotel prices are down and restaurants are taking reservations again.

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Trains : Along with Rome's Termini, Milano Centrale is the country's main railway station. From here, high-speed trains will whisk you across northern Italy to places like Venice, Turin and Genoa, and take you down through Bologna and Florence to Rome.

Buses : Milan does have buses, but the quintessential method of public transport is the tram, some of which date back to the 1920s. It also has an excellent metro system.

Taxis : Taxis are plentiful, with stands at major sites — though you can also use the MiT hailing app. There's a fixed rate from Malpensa airport but fares are metered from closer Linate.

Car service : Most hotels can arrange transfers to and from the airports and out to the lakes.

Best Hotels

Galleria vik.

Address: Via Silvio Pellico, 8, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 8905 8297 Book Now

It's not every day you get to sleep inside a global icon. The first European outpost of the luxury South American Vik mini-chain, this is right on brand – and you can't top the location, inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. A Rodin sculpture greets you in the lobby, street artists have frescoed the corridors, and the restaurant and rooms open onto the Galleria (pick one with a balcony if you're planning to Instagram).

Antica Locanda dei Mercanti

Address: Via S. Tomaso, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 4801 4197 Book Now

This understated and discreet hotel sprawls across three floors of an 18th-century palazzo. Back in the day this was an inn for traveling merchants; now it houses everyone from city-breakers to fashionistas. Rooms are contemporary with billowy white furniture and modern art on the walls. Book the top floor for terraces and walls of glass.

Hotel Milano Scala

Address: Via dell'Orso, 7, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 870 961 Book Now

Green can be chic, too. That's the philosophy of the Milano Scala, located behind the opera house. There's a living wall, a vegetable garden, an electric house car and it runs on zero emissions; but it's also an elegant boutique hotel, with photographs from the La Scala archives blown up on room walls.

Palazzo Parigi

Address: Corso di Porta Nuova, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 625 625 Book Now

This only opened in 2013 but has already established itself as one of Milan's grandest dames, with a sumptuous lobby where everything is coated in marble: the columns, the staircase, even the banisters. The theme is Milan meets Paris (contemporary masculine meets more frou-frou feminine). All rooms have balconies – get one overlooking the tranquil garden.

Mandarin Oriental

Address: Via Andegari, 9, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 8731 8888 Book Now

Location is everything at the Mandarin — you're five minutes from Via Montenapoleone, La Scala, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the Brera. Inside, the feng shui-designed rooms offer everything you'd expect from the luxury brand, and then some, with high, wide-backed beds clad in textiles for a Milanese look. Sit outside in the tranquil, secret courtyard for an aperitivo or a classic risotto alla milanese — you'd never guess you're in the city center — or take a high-backed, curved banquette in the humbug-striped, marble-ceilinged bar. On a semi-private road, with exceptional soundproofing, it's a top notch urban retreat.

Four Seasons

Address: Via Gesù, 6/8, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 77 088 Book Now

You know what you're getting with Four Seasons service-wise; but few of the brand's hotels are as lovely as this, occupying a 15th-century convent in the heart of the Quadrilatero d'Oro. Original frescoes, vaulted ceilings, and grand columns dot the public areas, the rooms are unstated elegance, while the cloister borders an idyllic garden.

Costanza Milano

Address: Via Lazzaro Spallanzani, 20129 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 393 564 3501 Website

Will it be the Greenhouse Loft, the Wooden Atelier, or the Pastel Home? This clutch of three apartments around Porta Venezia, northeast of the fashion district, have been beautifully themed. The Greenhouse Loft is a light-flooded former garage, the Wooden Atelier blends a 21st-century, slightly urban aesthetic with a 19th-century beamed building; and the two-bed Pastel Home is a retro heaven.

Magna Pars Suites

Address: Via Vincenzo Forcella, 20144 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 833 8371 Book Now

When is a hotel not a hotel? When it doubles as a perfumery. In fact, this used to be a perfume factory, back when the Via Tortona area was a hub of industry; today it's been transformed into a sprawling 28-room hotel, complete with a boutique perfumery on the ground floor and set around the tree-filled courtyard.

Address: Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio, 820123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 894 15901 Book Now

This is one of Milan's most sceney hotels – evenings see locals lining up for entry to its no-reservations, semi-secret bar, and there's a cult pizza joint on the street, too. Beyond the mishmash of antiques and curiosities that only hipsters could pull off, are super-chic rooms. Each is different from the next, though all have something attention-grabbing – like polo mallets hanging over the bed.

Hotel nhow Milano

Address: Via Tortona, 35, 20144 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 489 8861 Book Now

Via Tortona has gone from industrial hinterland to one of the city's most cutting edge areas. Some of that is down to the hotel, which attracts the design crowd to its outré lobby (think rabbit-shaped seating under orange chandeliers). Rooms are chic, if not so boundary pushing, with feature walls and crisp white furniture.

Best Restaurants

Osteria con vista.

Address: Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 3664 4340 Website

Dinner doesn't get more romantic than this "Restaurant with a View" – a glass box on top of the Triennale museum in Parco Sempione. Sit outside on the herb-fringed terrace, cantilevered over the park, for views of the Duomo spire, the Castello Sforzesco, and the Bosco Verticale. Reservations recommended.

Nerino 10 Trattoria

Address: Via Nerino, 10, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 3983 1019 Website

The suits all around you are here for the set business lunch, but you're here for the a la carte menu and its signature dish: turanici al pomodorino fresco in forma di grano . You'll gasp as the server wheels out a stove-topped trolley, sautées baby tomatoes, pasta and basil leaves in front of you, and serves it in a wheel of grana padano cheese. Reservations recommended.

Botanical Club

Address: Via Tortona, 33, 20144 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 3652 3846, + 39 02 423 2890, +39 02 2951 9342 Website

From the chrome-topped, plant-drenched bar to the fiery house-distilled gin, you're in for a treat. But this is a bar where you come to eat as much as to drink – come in the evening for a raw fish menu (try the mezcal- and yuzu-marinated yellowtail). There are two other locations in the city but this, on trendy Via Tortona, draws a great after-work crowd.

Address: Via Ceresio, 7, 20154 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 3103 9221 Website

The rooftop of a nondescript office block is the setting for this restaurant belonging to the founders of Dsquared2. Sip craft cocktails by the pool (swimming not allowed) and then move to the restaurant, where you'll eat modernized Milanese classics on sexy red-lacquered tables. Reservations recommended.

Address: Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28, 20124 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 8712 8855 Website

If you're in town for the famous risotto Milanese – swirled with parmesan, saffron, wine, and butter – this converted cinema is the place to try it, with some bone marrow on the side. Chef Cesare Battisti is a master of the Lombardy classics; the business lunch is very popular with locals. Reservations recommended.

Marchesi 1824

Address: Via Santa Maria alla Porta, 11/a, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 862 770, +39 02 9418 1710 Website

This historic pasticceria is such a Milanese icon that it was bought by the Prada Group. The original is a beautiful wood-lined bar on the way to the Last Supper , where little has changed since its 1824 opening. It's great for breakfast; but for lunch, you need the outlet above the Prada store in the Galleria Emanuele II, where you can nibble on delicate tramezzini (sandwiches) while observing the crowds on the mosaicked floor below.

Osteria del Treno

Address: Via S. Gregorio, 46, 20124 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 670 0479 Website

Before it was a fashion capital, Milan was an industrial city. This is a snapshot of its past: an osteria near the Stazione Centrale, which was originally the place for railway workers' lunches. Today, it's part of the Slow Food movement, serving modern Lombardy dishes sourced from small producers. Reservations recommended.

La Ravioleria Sarpi

Address: Via Paolo Sarpi, 27, 20154 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 331 887 0596 Website

Milan has perhaps Italy's most multicultural restaurant scene. While it sounds like a pasta shop, Ravioleria Sarpi is part of that – it's a hole-in-the-wall for dumplings (ravioli, as the Italians call them), in Italy's largest Chinatown. There's a slow food approach, too – the top-notch meat is sourced from a local butcher.

Fioraio Bianchi Caffé

Address: Via Montebello, 7, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 2901 4390 Website

You wouldn't necessarily put a florist and a restaurant together, but once you've been here you'll wonder why nobody's done it before. The menu is classic Milanese with a focus on seafood. Or come for aperitivo – the free buffet with your drink is top notch and easily stands in for dinner. Reservations recommended.

Address: Via Panfilo Castaldi, 18, 20124 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 2952 2124 Website

There aren't many Michelin-starred vegan joints around, so enjoy this one while you have the chance. Taking inspiration from the time he spent in Asia, owner and chef Pietro Leeman plays with the food, producing different dishes from the same ingredient. Go for the tasting menus, if budget allows – the 11-course Zenith shows you what the restaurant is all about. Reservations recommended.

Cantine Isola

Address: Via Paolo Sarpi, 30 angolo, Via Arnolfo di Cambio, 1A, 20154 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 33 15 249 Website

The most important thing to know about this wine bar and shop is that it's been going strong since 1896. Do a DIY wine-tasting at the counter, washing it down with the tasty bar snacks. On Tuesdays it's poetry night, and every month there's a special event to toast the opening of a new arrival.

Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

Address: Via Giuseppe Meda, 24, 20141 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 837 3963 Website

This could be a stage set – an old sawmill, its concrete skeleton left almost as it was abandoned, only with grand chandeliers slung from the ceiling and designer chairs around a gigantic communal table which seats 70. Celeb chef Carlo Cracco is at the helm – try the meat slow-roasted in the Josper oven. Reservations recommended.

Address: L.go Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 5666 2611 Website

You don't just come to the Fondazione Prada for the art; you come for Bar Luce, the in-house café designed by none other than Wes Anderson. The setting's his signature style – a 1950s mix of mint green counters, Liberty-style lighting, and out-there wallpaper. Order one of the dozens of gourmet panini.

Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 43, 20143 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 3956 2875 Website

This is a secret bar – but a genuinely secret one. The location is strictly underwraps, and there's no password – the only way in is to score an invite from the staff at sister bar MAG Café. Once you do, you're in for a treat, with cocktails so inventive that the outfit feels like a theatrical production.

Things to Do

Duomo di milano.

Address: P.za del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 361 691 Website

Milan's gothic Duomo – the largest church in Italy after St Peter's – is such an enormous, intricate project that it took 600 years to complete. Take the elevator to the rooftop terraces, where you'll not only have prime city views but also get a close up of the hundreds of sculptures that dot the wedding cake-like structure.

Brera Gallery

Address: Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 72263 230 Website

This is one of Italy's big-hitter galleries, up there with the Vatican Museums and Florence's Uffizi. Part of a world-famous academy for up and coming artists, which gave its name to the surrounding area, it includes works by Mantegna, Tintoretto, and Raphael.

Teatro alla Scala

Address: Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 8879 2473 Website

Whirl back the centuries at one of the world's most famous opera houses. During the day, you can get a guided tour of the opulent interiors; or to dig a little deeper, take a guided visit to the Ansaldo Workshops, where sets and costumes are designed and built.

Cenacolo/Last Supper

Address: Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 9280 0360 Website

This is it, perhaps Italy's most famous single work of art: Leonardo da Vinci's "Cenacolo", also known as the "Last Supper", frescoed on the refectory wall in Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Try to disentangle yourself from its reputation, and forget "The Da Vinci Code"; instead, spend time soaking up the extraordinary atmosphere.

Castello Sforzesco

Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 8846 3700 Website

Da Vinci came to Milan to work for ruler Ludovico il Moro, whose HQ was this imposing moated castle in the city center. Don't miss the Sala delle Asse, frescoed as a trompe l'oeil forest by Leonardo himself.

Navigli nightlife

It's no Venice, but Milan's network of canals – the Navigli – is a tranquil haven in the city center. The waterfronts are famous for their bars – and since they're pedestrianized, with plenty of outdoor seating, this is one of the best places in the world for a bar crawl. Stroll along and take your pick – we like MAG Café and Rita & Cocktails .

Milano Grand Tour

Phone: +39 02 3676 5705 Website

Elesta Travel's mission is to draw you away from the "Last Supper" and Duomo, and show you some of the lesser known highlights of this city of hidden beauty. Their exceptional Milano Grand Tour private itineraries revolve around art, artisans, jewelry, or leather – they'll craft you a tour that blends ancient and modern.

Fondazione Prada

Miuccia Prada has taken an old distillery on the edge of the center, got Rem Koolhaas to renovate it, and filled it with her personal collection of contemporary art. The main complex hosts boundary-pushing temporary exhibitions, while the glass-walled Tower contains works by artists from Damien Hurst to Jeff Koons.

Ride a Tram

Rarely is public transport as fun as it is in Milan, where the rattling tram network has rolling stock dating back to 1927 as well as retro trams from the 1950s onwards. The routes cut through the historical center and then circle it.

Pirelli Hangarbicocca

Address: Via Chiese, 2, 20126 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 6611 1573 Website

It's worth the 30-minute metro ride out to this breathtaking modern art space owned by the Pirelli tire company. The enormous former train sheds have incredible rotating installations which interact with the space itself, but there's nothing quite like the permanent installation, Anselm Kiefer's "Seven Celestial Palaces": hulking concrete towers with biblical names, which were designed especially for the hangar.

Address: Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 7243 4244 Website

This sleek 1930s building in the middle of Parco Sempione now hosts Milan's Triennale – a once-every-three-years exhibition on design and art, exploring themes such as man's relationship with a changing planet. The ground floor also has a permanent exhibition on the history of Italian design.

Vigna di Leonardo

Address: Corso Magenta, 65, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 481 6150 Website

After you finish at the "Last Supper", pop across the road to Leonardo's Vineyard, which was gifted to him by the Sforza family as he was working on the famous fresco. Step through the ancient Casa degli Atellani to the peaceful garden, and, beyond it, a small vineyard planted with Leonardo's grape, the Malvasia di Candia – found through genetic research on the roots.

Bosco Verticale and Piazza Gae Aulenti

Address: Piazza Gae Aulenti, 20124 Milano MI, Italy

The Bosco Verticale, architect Stefano Boeri's two 'living' apartment blocks covered in trees and foliage, is one of Milan's most famous buildings. It's the heart of the ultra-modern Porta Garibaldi district – view it from Piazza Gae Aulenti, a modern, circular square stuffed with public art and high-end stores.

Parco Sempione

Address: Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano MI, Italy

This is one of Europe's great city parks, starting at the Castello Sforzesco, running past the Triennale and ending at a triumphal arch that'll make you wonder if you're in Paris – only this pseudo Roman arch celebrates peace, not war. There are sculptures by the likes of Arman and Giorgio de Chirico.

Cocktail bar crawl

Milan has one of Europe's most inventive cocktail scenes. Start with the zany Nottingham Forest , which kicked it all off; go on to Bamboo Bar in the Armani Hotel for brand-themed drinks; take in "wunderkammer" Tencitt , headed up by master mixologist Morris Maramaldi; and finish at The Doping Club , the semi-secret bar at The Yard Hotel.

Best Shopping

Quadrilatero d'oro.

Address: 20121 Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy Website

For many, this is Milan. The city's Quadrilatero d'Oro, or 'Golden Rectangle,' is one of the world's most famous fashion districts. Stroll Via Montenapoleone (or Monte Napoleone) and the streets that feed off it for world-class window shopping. Don't miss the Bottega Veneta Home store, which sits in a frescoed 18th-century palazzo.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Address: P.za del Duomo, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Website

Only in Italy can a shopping mall be a historical monument. The 19th-century mall in the form of a cross is a bombastic glass-roofed, mosaic-floored and sculpture-laden building, with smart bars and designer brands (though the Quadrilatero d'Oro is a more rarefied atmosphere if you're wanting to shop).

Fratelli Bonvini

Address: Via Tagliamento, 1, 20139 Milano MI, Italy Phone: + 39 02 53 92 151 Website

This historic printing shop near the Fondazione Prada was rescued from closure by a group of Milanese (including the founder of Moleskine) who couldn't bear to see it go. You'll find everything from vintage Olivetti typewriters to small-press books, handmade stationery and fancy fountain pens.

Via Tortona

Address : Via Tortona

On the southwest outskirts of the city, this was once an industrial area, then abandoned – and today has been rejuvenated by creatives drawn to its warehouses. Amongst the factories-turned-office blocks converted by the likes of Matteo Thun for businesses including Armani, you'll find the odd designer outlet and local designer – but come during Fashion Week or the Salone del Mobile when it becomes a pop-up hub.

Il Meneghello

Address: Corso di Porta Ticinese, 53, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 339 739 7608 Website

Osvaldo Meneghazzo reckons he's the last artisan tarot card maker left on the planet – which is fitting, because they were said to be invented in Milan in the 15th century. As well as creating his own decks – the cat-themed one is particularly good – he recreates historic sets from the Renaissance, which noble families would commission.

10 Corso Como

Address: Corso Como, 10, 20154 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 2900 2674 Website

Fashion editor Carla Sozzani's store-café-hotel almost single-handedly made the Porta Garibaldi neighbourhood trendy. Through the leafy entrance and pretty courtyard, you'll find a whole cultural complex, with a ground-floor shop selling carefully curated designers, plus an exhibition space, bookshop, café, and pretty terrace.

Merzaghi Rino Di Merzaghi Marco

Address: Via dei Piatti, 11, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 875 455 Website

Since goldsmith Rino Merzaghi founded his workshop in 1870, four generations of the family have continued his legacy, kitting out the Milanese elite with their beautifully understated, but ultra-luxurious jewelry. Siblings Marco and Paola, and Marco's son Mauro, work from an apartment block in the city center.

NonostanteMarras

Address: Via Cola di Rienzo, 8, 20144 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 7628 0991 Website

No, you haven't got the address wrong; ring the bell of this residential block and you'll be buzzed into a beautiful courtyard filled with trees and flowery bowers. Antonio Marras' flagship store is on the other side – as well as his clothes you'll find ceramics made in collaboration with Pugliese artisans.

Address: Via Spadari, 9, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 80 23 161 Website

Make sure to come here before your journey home, because this is a superb high-end food shop where you'll find all of Italy's best ingredients. You can eat in store, but make sure you get some top-quality rice, or crumbly biscotti to take home.

Cavalli e Nastri

Address: Mora 3 Uomo, Via Gian Giacomo Mora, 12, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 4945 1174 Website

Milan isn't just about new fashion, as this landmark store in the arty Brera district shows. It stocks clothes and accessories from the 19th century to the modern period – most of which are brilliantly bright, colorful, and more eye-catching than Milan's standard understated look.

Rossana Orlandi

Address: Via Matteo Bandello, 14, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 467 4471 Website

Through the vine-wreathed courtyard you'll find a temple to design, presided over by Rossana Orlandi, who swapped the fashion industry for design in 2002. She's single handedly made the careers of up-and-coming designers by featuring them in her curation – you'll find everything from outré rugs to deconstructed chandeliers.

Biffi Boutique

Address: Corso Genova, 6, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 8311 6052 Website

Forget going from shop to shop; this landmark store curates all the brands a Milanese fashionista would need this season. As well as all the biggest brands, highlights include Stella Jean's stunningly colorful dresses, shirts and wide-leg pants, and Distretto 12 Uomo's sustainable menswear.

N.H. Sartoria

Address: Via Andrea Appiani, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 6556 0920 Website

Britain meets Milan at this intriguing made-to-measure tailor in the heart of the fashion district. The textiles come from England and Italy, while the styling follows Pugliese tradition – lighter fabrics and less tight fits. Oh and the N.H.? It means "Nobil Homo," or gentleman.

L'Artigiano di Brera

Address: Via Solferino, 1, 20121 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 02 8058 1910 Website

Stock up on post-pandemic ballerina flats in a rainbow of colors at this lovely shoe shop on fashion hub Via Solferino. Want something a little more taxing? There are pumps and booties as well as comfy moccasins – all made in Italy.

Art Mall Milano

Address: Via Torino, 64, 20123 Milano MI, Italy Phone: +39 320 895 5221 Website

Like the chair you're sitting on? You can buy it – since everything in this bar-slash-gallery is for sale, right down to the upcycled furniture by artisan Simone Volpin. The bar does a mean aperitivo – sit back with your spritz and work out what artwork you'd like to take home.

Neighborhoods to Know

Brera : The cobbled streets of Brera have always had a boho feel, thanks to its most famous resident, the Brera art gallery. Things are rather less louche and rather more chic these days, but it's still a languid, almost Parisian area, with tables lined up outside bistros, little boutiques, and the city's botanical gardens.

Quadrilatero d'Oro : The 'Golden Rectangle' – also known as the Fashion Rectangle – is one of the world's greatest style districts. Via Montenapoleone is its spine; the roads fanning off it, such as Via della Spiga, Via Borgospesso, and Via Gesù are equally glam. If the most you can stretch to is a coffee, settle down to people-watch at Pasticceria Cova .

Porta Garibaldi : This jagged, gem-shaped area north of Brera, looks firmly to the future – its glass-fronted skyscrapers jostle with the famous Duomo to dominate the city skyline. This is a big shopping area, taking in upmarket high street labels, plus niche brands such as influencer Chiara Ferragni's store, and fashion hub 10 Corso Como. Past the famous Bosco Verticale is Isola, once a quiet working class district known for its jazz clubs, now getting ever trendier.

Porta Genova : The area behind the Porta Genova station is Milan's classic nightlife zone. Young people crowd the waterfront bars of the Navigli canals; beyond that, and a little hipper and quieter, is the Via Tortona neighborhood, whose former factories now hold bars and boutiques catering to the design-led offices in the area.

Milan springs start crisp and end warm, with May temperatures nudging up to the 70s. Summers are sweltering – although temperatures in the mid 80s don't sound much, add in the humidity and closeness of the Po Valley, and you'll be suffering. Fall is still warm, but temperatures drop sharply in November, with temperatures above freezing in winter, though feeling colder thanks to the humidity.

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21 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Milan

Written by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers Updated Dec 26, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

While Milan (Milano) may not be the first city a tourist thinks of when planning a trip to Italy , it has more than its share of attractions, not to mention history. For all its workaholic reputation as the money and business center of Italy, it's a city with an influential past and a rich cultural heritage.

Consider that St. Augustine was baptized in a basilica that stood at what is now Piazza del Duomo; artists Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, the composer Verdi, the great tenor Enrico Caruso, and designer Giorgio Armani all lived and worked here; Toscanini conducted regularly at La Scala; Napoleon was crowned (actually, he crowned himself) inside the Duomo; Mussolini founded the Fascist party here; and the entire fashion world looks to Milan's catwalks twice a year for the season's cutting-edge styles.

All this history, not to mention the considerable wealth generated by its favored commercial position, has left Milan with an abundance of art, cultural, and architectural treasures for you to enjoy.

The large Piazza del Duomo in front of the cathedral is Metro hub, and you'll find plenty of things to do near the Duomo. In tiny Piazza dei Mercanti, you will feel as though you've stepped back into the Middle Ages as you stand beneath the stone market arcade in front of the 13th-century Palazzo della Ragione.

Jump forward several centuries to enter the elegantly domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, facing the Duomo. Walk through it to emerge in front of the world's most famous opera house. It's all within a five-minute walk. You'll find these and more of the best places to visit with this handy list of the top attractions in Milan.

1. Il Duomo (Milan Cathedral)

2. leonardo da vinci's last supper, 3. browse in the galleria vittorio emanuele ii: luxury shops and elegant cafés, 4. castello sforzesco, 5. pinacoteca di brera, 6. see an opera at teatro alla scala, 7. sant'ambrogio, 8. cimitero monumentale, 9. san maurizio and the archaeology museum, 10. spend an evening in naviglio, 11. santa maria presso san satiro, 12. poldi-pezzoli museum, 13. museo bagatti valsecchi, 14. leonardo da vinci national museum of science and technology, 15. parco sempione.

  • 16. Triennale di Milano (Palazzo dell'Arte)

17. Sant'Eustorgio

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Il Duomo (Milan Cathedral)

The massive Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente , which the Milanese call just "Il Duomo" is among the world's largest (it holds up to 40,000 people) and most magnificent churches, the ultimate example of the Flamboyant Gothic style. It was begun in the 14th century, but its façade was not completed until the early 1800s, under Napoleon.

The roof is topped by 135 delicately carved stone pinnacles and the exterior is decorated with 2,245 marble statues. The dim interior, in striking contrast to the brilliant and richly patterned exterior, makes a powerful impression with its 52 gigantic pillars. The stained-glass windows in the nave (mostly 15th-16th centuries) are the largest in the world; the earliest of them are in the south aisle.

Highlights include the seven-branched bronze candelabrum by Nicholas of Verdun (c. 1200) in the north transept, the 16th-century tomb of Gian Giacomo Medici, and the jeweled gold reliquary of San Carlo Borromeo in the octagonal Borromeo Chapel leading off the crypt. Behind the high altar, the choir has deeply carved panels, and misericords under the seats.

In the south sacristy is the treasury with gold and silver work dating from the fourth to the 17th century. A walk on the roof of the cathedral is an impressive experience, offering views across the city and extending on clear days to the snow-covered Alps. (An elevator ascends all but the last 73 steps to the platform of the dome).

At the front of the Duomo, near the central doorway, you can descend under Piazza del Duomo into the foundations of the Basilica di Santa Tecla (fourth-fifth and seventh century) and the fourth-century baptistery, Battistero di San Giovanni alle Fonti , which were discovered during the construction of the Milan Metro system.

Ticketing Tips : There's a bewildering variety of tickets, with options both for the attractions included and for the length of wait time. In short, you pay the least to wait the longest. You will want to avoid "Queue 1" by purchasing tickets ahead of time online , but you may still need to wait up to a half hour in "Queue 2," which is located just to the right of the entrance.

If you're not booking online, it's still a good idea to take a peek at the options before you go — there are ten ticketing choices offering access to various areas individually or in combination, so it can get overwhelming trying to decide on-the-spot with a long queue behind you.

If you're short on time, you can get tickets separately to visit the roof (terrace) only, including "skip the line" options. You can choose between taking the stairs or the lift, but note that even if you pay extra to ride the elevator to the top, you will still have to descend via the stairs.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper

The Gothic brick church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in the Corso Magenta, was begun about 1465, and its massive six-sided dome in the finest Early Renaissance style was designed by Bramante, one of Italy's most influential Renaissance architects.

The church - and adjoining refectory, which holds Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper - were badly damaged in World War II, and during the repair work, old sgraffito paintings in the dome were brought to light. At the end of the north aisle is the Baroque chapel of the Madonna delle Grazie, with an altarpiece of the Madonna.

But the reason most tourists visit Santa Maria delle Grazie is to see da Vinci's most famous work, painted on the refectory wall of the former Dominican monastery. The Cenacolo Vinciano , as it is called here, was painted on the wall in tempera between 1495 and 1497.

Instead of earlier static representations of Christ's last meal with his disciples, da Vinci presents a dramatic depiction of the scene, which was quite novel and marked an important new stage in the development of art. The painting, which had already begun to flake off before the destruction of part of the room left it exposed to weather, has been restored several times, a process which will probably never be fully completed.

Entrance is limited and restricted to those with advance-timed tickets. An easy way to see this and the other most famous sites in Milan is on a Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's The Last Supper . This 3.5-hour walking tour takes you to several key attractions and includes admission to La Scala and an entrance ticket to see The Last Supper.

Author's Tip: Before your visit, you will need to buy your ticket online , which will have a set entry time. You will need to arrive well before your assigned time — at least 30 minutes — to avoid forfeiting your spot.

Address: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2, Milan

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Forming one side of Piazza del Duomo and opening on the other side to Piazza della Scala , the grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni and built between 1865 and 1877. It was then the largest shopping arcade in Europe, with a dome soaring 48 meters above its mosaic floor.

Marking the beginning of modern architecture in Italy, today it stands as a splendid example of 19th-century industrial iron and glass construction. And it's still a beautiful, vibrant place where locals meet for lunch or coffee in its elegant cafés and browse in its luxury shops. It is so much a part of local life that the inhabitants of Milan refer to it as "il salotto" (the salon).

Address : Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Castello Sforzesco

The Castello Sforzesco, held by the Visconti and the Sforza families who ruled Milan from 1277 to 1447 and from 1450 to 1535 respectively, was built in 1368 and rebuilt in 1450. The 70-meter Torre de Filarete is a 1905 reproduction of the original gate tower.

The Castello houses the Musei del Castello Sforzesco , a series of museums, one of which features sculpture. The collection includes the Pietà Rondanini , Michelangelo's last masterpiece, brought here in 1953 from the Palazzo Rondanini in Rome.

Other museums feature a collection of decorative art, prehistoric and Egyptian antiquities, a collection of musical history, and an armory of weapons and medieval armor.

The picture gallery includes paintings by Bellini, Correggio, Mantegna, Bergognone, Foppa, Lotto, Tintoretto, and Antonello da Messina. Between the two rear courtyards of the Castello, a passage leads into the park, originally the garden of the dukes of Milan and later a military training ground.

Address: Piazza Castello, Milan

Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts)

The Renaissance Palazzo di Brera, built between 1651 and 1773, was originally a Jesuit college, but since 1776 has been the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts). Along with a library and observatory, it contains the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Italy's finest art museums.

Much of the art was acquired as churches closed or were demolished, and the museum is especially strong in paintings by northern Italian masters. As you enter through the courtyard, you'll see an 1809 monument to Napoleon I by the sculptor Canova.

Notable among 15th-century pictures are works by Mantegna ( Madonna in a Ring of Angels' Heads and Lamentation ). The Venetian masters are represented by Giovanni Bellini ( Lamentation and two Madonnas), Paolo Veronese, Titian ( Count Antonio Porcia and St. Jerome ), and Tintoretto ( Finding of St. Mark's Body and Descent from the Cross ), and portraits by Lorenzo Lotto and Giovanni Battista Moroni.

The Lombard masters, disciples of Leonardo da Vinci, are well represented, as are artists of the Ferrarese school. Correggio of Parma is represented by a Nativity and an Adoration of the Kings . Artists of the Umbrian school include Piero della Francesca ( Madonna with Saints and Duke Federico da Montefeltro ) and Bramante (eight frescoes Christ of the Column ).

The most famous picture in the gallery is Raphael's Marriage of the Virgin (Lo Sposalizio) , the finest work of his first period. Outstanding among foreign masters are Rembrandt (portraits of women, including The Artist's Sister ), Van Dyck ( Princess Amalia of Solms ), Rubens ( Last Supper ), and El Greco ( St. Francis ).

It's not all old masters - you'll also find works here by Picasso, Braque, and Modigliani, too. Most visitors miss the Brera's little secret: the Orto Botanico di Brera , a charming garden in one of its inner courtyards, a hidden oasis of exotic trees, pools, and flower beds with a 19th-century greenhouse.

Address: Via Brera 28, Milan

Teatro alla Scala

Considered the most prestigious opera house in the world, Teatro alla Scala has rung with the music of all the great operatic composers and singers, and its audiences - the theater seats 2,800 people - are known (and feared) as the most demanding in Italy.

The season begins in early December and runs through May, but tickets are often difficult to come by. The best way of getting tickets is through your hotel concierge, but it's worth checking at the box office.

In the same building is the Museo Teatrale alla Scala , where you'll find a collection of costumes from landmark performances and historical and personal mementos of the greats who performed and whose works were performed at La Scala, including Verdi, Rossini, and the great conductor Arturo Toscanini.

If there is not a rehearsal in progress, the museum offers access to see the inside of the opera house itself, one of the world's grandest.

Address: Piazza della Scala, Milan

Sant'Ambrogio

The church of Sant'Ambrogio was founded in 386 by St. Ambrose, who was born in Milan and is the city's patron saint. The present church is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, built in the 12th century around the choir from an earlier ninth-century church.

There's a lot to see here, beginning with the large portico, also from the ninth century, and the atrium, whose carved stone capitals and portal rank it high among Europe's best examples of the Romanesque period.

Inside, be sure to see the pulpit with late Romanesque carving, and the richly carved 4th-century Stilicone sarcophagus underneath it. The casing (paliotto) of the high altar is a masterpiece of Carolingian art made in 835 at either Milan or Rheims. It's easy to miss the mosaic dome of the original 4th-century Sacello di San Vittore, accessed through the last chapel on the right.

Address: Piazza Sant'Ambrogio 15, Milan

Cimitero Monumentale

With all of Italy's magnificent architecture and art from Ancient Greek and Roman, medieval, and Renaissance eras, it's easy to forget that Italy also has some outstanding examples from the Art Nouveau period, known here as Stile Liberty.

Cimitero Monumentale, near Stazione Porta Garibaldi rail station, is an outdoor gallery of Art Nouveau sculptures, many by noted Italian sculptors. Behind a monumental and flamboyant striped marble portico, these monuments mark the tombs of Milan's rich and famous from the late 1800s through the mid-20th century. A map in English helps you find the most outstanding examples.

Address: Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale, Milan

Frescoes inside San Maurizio

To many, the interior of the church of San Maurizio is the most beautiful in Milan. Built in the early 1500s as the church for a convent of Benedictine nuns, the entire interior is covered in frescoes of biblical scenes.

Not only are these by some of the best Lombard artists of the 16th century - principally Bernardino Luini and his sons - but the colors of the paintings are as vivid as if they'd been painted yesterday. The long nave is divided into two sections, the rear one reserved as the nuns' choir.

The extensive monastery was built over the ruins of the Roman circus and portions of the Roman walls, all now part of the Civico Museo Archeologico (Archaeology Museum), where you can see these excavated remains of Roman Milan.

Along with the ancient history of Milan, you'll find Greek, Etruscan, and Roman finds from elsewhere in Italy, including sculptures in stone and bronze. Particularly good are the third-century sculpture of Maximilian, a bronze head, and a female statue with folded drapes.

Address: Corso Magenta 15, Milan

Naviglio

For the young people who frequent the canal-side cafés and music clubs, Naviglio is one of the top things to do in Milan at night. Although it's the most active in the evening, go in the daytime for the boutiques and artists' workshops, and for the restaurants and frequent festivals held here.

In April, the neighborhood along the canal is filled with flowers for the Festa Di Fiori , and the Festa del Naviglio brings concerts, processions, crafts, and an antique market. Barges along the canals are decorated in mid-June for the Sagra di San Cristoforo (Festival of Saint Christopher) , and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi performs about 50 concerts on Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons at the Auditorium di Milano.

Address: Corso San Gottardo, Milan

Dome in the Santa Maria Presso San Satiro

From the outside, this church on a shopping street not far from Piazza del Duomo seems relatively small and unimpressive. Step inside to see that it is quite grand, its majestic, deep, vaulted sanctuary stretching into an apse that's nearly the length of the main part of the church.

Or is it? Keep your eyes on it as you walk forward, and watch as it melts into an almost completely flat wall behind the altar. It's all an optical illusion, a very clever trick played by the architect Bramante to give grandeur to a church with only a limited space.

Address: Via Torino 9, Milan

Armor at the Poldi-Pezzoli Museum

An elegant old patrician house is the setting for this art museum, which originated in the 19th century as the private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli and his mother, Rosa Trivulzio. Highlights are paintings by Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Guardí, and other artists, as well as jewelry, silver, bronzes, porcelains, Etruscan pottery, armor, and weapons.

Textiles in the museum include Flemish and Persian carpets, tapestries, a large collection of hand-worked lace, and a very rare embroidery designed by Botticelli.

The house itself is worth seeing, as artworks and other collections are shown in a combination of room settings and gallery spaces; many of the rooms were redecorated in the mid-1800s to showcase the collections. Poldi-Pezzoli Museum is one of four houses that form the Circuito delle Case Museo di Milano, Milan Museum House Network, with admission on a single ticket.

Address: Via Manzoni 12, Milan

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

Several things make this an especially interesting place to visit. Two brothers in the 19th century spent their lives collecting furnishings and decorative arts to make the interior of their Renaissance palazzo look as it might have appeared originally.

Not only will you see a home of that era in a livable state, as opposed to just rooms of display cases and walls of paintings, but you can follow their collecting process through the excellent English signage. So you get to share a bit of the excitement of the chase amid the historical and artistic information about each piece.

Most of all, though, it's nice to see the furniture, tapestries, glassware, books, children's items, and paintings by Renaissance masters in a household setting. The museum is also part of the Circuito delle Case Museo di Milano, four distinguished houses accessed with a single ticket.

Address: Via S Spirito 10, Milan

Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology

Housed in a former Olivetan monastery, the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology illustrates the history of science and technology from the work of early scientists into modern times. Of particular interest is the Leonardo da Vinci Gallery with working models of many of his inventions and machinery, created from da Vinci's drawings.

In the physics exhibits are apparatus used by Galileo, Newton, and Volta, and there are sections relating to optics, acoustics, telegraphy, transport, shipping, railroads, flying, metallurgy, motor vehicles, timekeeping, and timber. In all, more than 15,000 technical and scientific objects represent the history of Italian science, technology, and industry.

Address: Via St Vittore 21, Milan

Parco Sempione

The English-style landscape of Parco Sempione is a good place to rest your eyes after they've overdosed on stone and architecture, and to wander the curving pathways. Walkers, joggers, local office workers with their lunches, and parents with children in tow all enjoy the park. In the summer, concerts are held here.

At the entrance is the monumental Arco della Pace , Peace Arch, and towering high above the park is the Torre Branco , designed by famed architect Gio Ponte in 1933. On a clear day, views of Milan and the Alps are spectacular. If you like Art Nouveau, be sure to see the fanciful aquarium pavilion at the Via Gadio edge of the park.

Address: Corso Sempione, Milan

16 . Triennale di Milano (Palazzo dell'Arte)

Triennale di Milano (Palazzo dell'Arte)

The building beside Parco Sempione, constructed in 1933 to house the premier Italian design show, is a textbook example of Fascist-era architecture (the style is properly known as Stripped Classicism, but in Italy, it is almost always a product of the Fascist regime, whose leaders favored it).

But it works well as a showcase for art and design, and inside are always high-level shows and exhibitions, often international in scope. They can range from retrospectives of a great name in modernism, such as Andy Warhol or Gio Ponte, to examinations of the roots and themes of tribal art or even food design.

The permanent exhibitions at the Triennale di Milano (Palazzo dell'Arte) showcase Italian design, featuring the best Italian-designed products throughout the ages.

Address: Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, Milan

Sant'Eustorgio

The Romanesque Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, and its fine campanile was added a century later. The facade was not added until 1863. Look beyond the choir to find the Cappella Portinari, by Michelozzo in 1462-68, one of the earliest examples of Renaissance architecture. The frescoes are by Vincenzo Foppa.

Not far from Sant'Eustorgio is another church, San Lorenzo Maggiore , dating from the Early Christian period. Its Renaissance dome was added in 1574, but the mosaics in the chapel of St. Aquilinus are from the fourth century. In front of the church, the portico of sixteen Corinthian columns is the largest surviving monument of Roman Mediolanum.

Address: Piazza Sant'Eustorgio, 1, 20123 Milan

High fashion shopping in Milan

The Quadrilatero della Moda is Milano's high fashion shopping district, where the most famous Italian – and other – designers have their smartest shops. The four prime streets are Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, and Corso Venezia, lined with a succession of windows displaying the latest designs and fashion trends.

This is one of the most famous designer shopping streets in the world, right up there with the Avenue des Champs Élysées in Paris, and you'll see all the best names here: Prada, Armani, Fendi, Valentino, Missoni, Trussardi, and the rest. Remember that casual browsing inside the shops is not welcome unless you dress the part. Most tourists simply browse the eye-catching windows, where the displays are as dramatic as the fashions.

Each autumn, Milan designers – the cream of the international fashion houses – send their top fashion models out to strut down the catwalks at Milano Moda Donna, Milan Women's Fashion Week. It's the highlight of the fashion year, and although you can't get into the shows without credentials, it seems as though everyone in Milan becomes a fashion model for the week; it's a great time for people-watching.

Pirelli Hangar Bicocca

In one of the most dynamic and popular of the arts neighborhoods emerging from former industrial districts, a former locomotive manufacturing plant has been converted into the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca , a center for contemporary art and cultural projects.

Changing temporary exhibitions fill two of the three galleries, while the third houses the dramatic permanent installation, The Seven Heavenly Palaces . A collection of concrete towers by the German artist Anselm Kiefer towers over visitors, and accompanying the exhibition are "Bubbles" with in-depth texts, videos, audio, and interactive events relating to the exhibitions or to contemporary arts.

Address: Via Chiese 2, Milan

Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery)

Napoleon's residence when he occupied Milan, this palace facing the Giardini Pubblici was new when Napoleon commandeered it. Today, it retains its original stucco work and decorative details inside, which adds to its interest as a showcase for Milan's extensive collection of modern art.

The emphasis at the Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery) is on Italian art, from 19th-century Romanticism to post-impressionists, but the collections are far broader, with works by Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Rouault, Modigliani, Dufy, and Vuillard. There is an extensive group of Neoclassical sculptures by Canova and his contemporaries.

On the grounds are an English-style garden and a botanic garden, and adjoining it are the lawns, flower gardens, and playgrounds of the public gardens. Also adjoining the Giardini Pubblici is the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale (Museum of Natural History) , where the biodiversity of the earth is shown in nearly 100 detailed dioramas. Especially strong is the paleontology section, highlighted by a spectacular pliosaurus hanging from the ceiling.

Address: Via Palestro 16, Milan

Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) in the Porta Nuova district in Milan

Once occupied by train yards and factories, the Porta Nuova is now Milan's stylish business district. Beautifully designed pedestrian areas are surrounded by towering modern architecture including the tallest building in Italy (the UniCredit tower) and the Palazzo Lombardia, which offers stunning views from an observation area on the 39th floor.

Tourists looking for high-end shopping and dining will want to head to the Corso Como, a bustling traffic-free street lined with cafes, restaurants, and plenty of luxury boutiques and name-brand shops. After shopping, use the footbridge to access the Piazza Gae Aulenti to admire its fountain.

While here, be sure to take a few minutes to admire the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), a pair of residential skyscrapers that are home to over 700 trees that grow from its plentiful terraces. Part of an urban forestry initiative in bio-architecture, the building uses special soil that allows the terraces to support the weight of these trees. Along with shrubs and flowering plants (over 2,000 species total), the buildings help to reduce the city's heat island and combat air pollution.

Big, sprawling Milan can be overwhelming when you look at a map. It's not nearly so daunting when you notice that most major things to do are within walking distance from the Duomo, itself Milan's prime attraction. And they line up conveniently, so walking to the outermost of them takes you past one or two others. These highly-rated hotels in Milan are close to the important tourist attractions:

Luxury Hotels :

  • Steps from Piazza Duomo and medieval Piazza Mercanti, art-filled Hotel Spadari al Duomo has a contemporary décor.
  • By contrast, Grand Hotel et de Milan is a historical classic. Between La Scala and the Monte Napoleone designer shops, it is convenient for both opera lovers and fashionistas.
  • Park Hyatt Milan is right beside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade, between the Duomo and La Scala opera house.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • On a quiet side street and with impeccable service, Gran Duca di York radiates an air of serenity, despite its location just off busy Piazza Duomo.
  • The Square Milano Duomo is near a Metro stop, surrounded by restaurants and within easy walking distance of the Duomo; in good weather, enjoy the included breakfast on the rooftop terrace.
  • In the same neighborhood, the rooms at Hotel Dei Cavalieri are contemporary in style, but in a heritage building; there's a rooftop terrace here, too.

Budget Hotels:

  • The hospitable Antica Locanda Leonardo is near Santa Maria delle Grazie and The Last Supper, an easy walk to the science museum and historic San Ambrogio.
  • With Metro connections to Piazza Duomo, about a 30-minute walk away, Hotel Berna is a five-minute walk from Centrale Station, terminus for service from Malpensa and Linate airports, and trains for Lake Como and all parts of Italy.
  • Adjacent to the Public Garden and its museums, and a five-minute walk from the shopping strip of Corso Buenos Aires, Hotel Sanpi Milano is also a short walk to the Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan's fashion district.
  • Swiss Alps Day Trip: One of the best ways to see some beautiful mountain scenery near Milan is from the comfort of a train. The Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan offers a fabulous trip through the Bernina Pass to St. Moritz, including free time in Tirano and St. Moritz. This is a 12.5-hour day that includes transportation via coach from Milan to Tirano, where you will begin the rail journey. Spending a day at Lake Como is another popular excursion.
  • Lake Como Day Trips: The Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan is a nine-hour trip that offers transport to Como, a guided walking tour of the town, and a Lake Como Cruise; in the summer, the tour also includes a stop in Bellagio. A slightly longer tour, the Italy and Switzerland in One Day: Lake Como and Lugano includes a cruise on Lake Como, with a stop in Bellagio, and then continues on to Lugano for an afternoon of exploring the sights or shopping.

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Where to Go near Milan: Milan is well connected by train or car to the highlights of northern Italy. A short train ride brings you to within a short walk of the landing for boat excursions around beautiful Lake Como , which makes a perfect day trip from Milan .

For more lake and mountain scenery, Lake Maggiore is only a short distance north of Milan; an hour's train ride along its shore will bring you to Stresa, where a boat takes you to the fabulous palace and gardens of the Borromean Islands.

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Places to Visit from Milan: Milan is the starting point for a rail or car journey through some of northern Italy's most historic and art-filled towns: the beautiful small city of Bergamo is on a direct rail line, and beyond it is Brescia , filled with ancient Roman sites and treasures. From here, it's a short train ride to Verona , home of the best-preserved Roman arena in Italy.

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  • Two Days in Milano

The perfect itinerary for a 36-Hour weekend in Milano

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Day 1 - From Stazione Centrale to Montenapoleone

Explore the city centre, move to darsena and navigli, take the tram to porta nuova, enjoy the milanese nightlife, day 2 - start the day at castello sforzesco, sarpi-chinatown: it's lunch time, end the weekend in hangar bicocca.

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So, you have two days to spend in Milano and you are not sure what to visit? This itinerary was thought up to make your visit simply perfect.

Montenapoleone district. Pic by 20regionsin2years-Instagram

You arrive at Stazione Centrale on a Saturday morning. Well, you don’t have to go far to start enjoying Milano. Mercato Centrale is a heaven for foodies. And it’s not only travelers that go there. When you’ve satisfied your either dolce or salato palate, it’s time to start discovering the city. 

Walk down towards Piazza Repubblica , or get a bike sharing rental for the day with the Bikemi app . It’s monumental rationalist architecture that takes you down to Piazza Cavour and the old medieval gate. Walk underneath and you’re in Via Manzoni and the Fashion District . The epicenter of it all is Via Montenapoleone , a glittering street flashing the best fashion stores in the world. 

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The Duomo, the cathedral of Milan. Pic by mickeyfalzone-Instagram

Teatro alla Scala

At the end of Via Manzoni lies Piazza della Scala with the neoclassical opera theater that stars the world best in classical music and ballet. But Verdi and Puccini can wait, because you can enter Galleria Vittorio Emanuele from the back. After more luxury shopping (Prada has its store here), the gallery opens to the Duomo   in all its gothic majesty, with the glittering gold Madonnina. Right at the corner, there’s Camparino where you can sample one of the best espressos in Milano at the counter in the same café where Depero congregated with the other futurists. Campari spritz maybe later, it’s not even lunch time yet. 

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Navigli. Pic by Joaquín López - YesMilano

Milano means old trams from the early 1920s, but there’s also orange jumbos from the 1970s and the futuristic Sirio line from the 2000s. The start of Via Torino near Duomo is the perfect setting to catch a tram. Flows of pedestrians and popular shops, and three lines that stop there in one of the busiest intersections in the city center. 

Via Torino is a meandering street full of shops targeting young consumers and espresso bars, which veers to the left in Carrobbio reaching one of the hidden wonders of Milano: Colonne di San Lorenzo , Roman columns before a basilica with a square where people like to hang out.

Walk down Corso Porta Ticinese and you’ll reach the mysterious Sant’Eustorgio bell tower , along with the church that holds the remains of the Three Mages.

To the right of neoclassical Porta Ticinese lies the Darsena , the ancient basin where the Navigli canals converge and where you can shop for a sandwich in the covered market or sit at a bistro for a quick lunch on the renovated quay by the water. 

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Vertical Forest. Pic by hpradam (Instagram)

Now that sugar levels are restored, it’s time for the second leg of the Saturday. Get on tram #10 which has its terminus near the Porta and enjoy great views of Milano from the window: Piazza Aquileia , Via Ariosto , Via Pagano , Arco della Pace , Corso Sempione , and the Monumental Cemetery .

Your destination is what many consider the second center of Milano after Piazza Duomo, i.e. Piazza Gae Aulenti . Get off at Garibaldi train station, and you’ll be dwarfed by skyscrapers. The plaza is magic and you can walk on water amid global brands. From there an urban park, BAM – the Library of Trees , lures you to the Vertical Forest , one of the most admired landmarks of the new Milano for its fusion of architecture and sustainability.

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Time for a break, with a yoga session, a good book, or some urban exploration. Isola , the alternative neighborhood at the feet of Vertical Forest , has plenty of craft shops, food joints and community gardens. You can while away the time here waiting for the happy hour .

After that, we advise to dine in another great covered market with delis and gourmet shops: Mercato Comunale Isola , which just opened. From there, jump on the subway at Zara, where the yellow and lilac lines intersect. We suggest you take the yellow northbound for a few stops until you reach Dergano.

Once you’re out of the station, take Via Magellano and get to Piazza Dergano . Nearby, you can down a few beers or cocktails at Mamusca, a bar-cum-bookstore beloved by the locals in this very Milanese yet up-and-coming neighborhood. Hey, it got really late: call a taxi, if you feel tipsy.

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Castello Sforzesco. Pic by j84c (Instagram)

When you wake up late on a Sunday, you need to go a pastry shop and have a great Italian breakfast . An excellent choice is Pasticceria Marchesi 1824 just off Via Meravigli .

From there reach Piazza Cairoli , with the statue of Garibaldi and the imposing Castello Sforzesco , a major sight which contains awesome museums. Then do some walking or jogging at Parco Sempione , the central art nouveau park of Milano.

Chinatown. Pic by Carmen Colombo via Zero

Head towards the Arena, then walk down Viale Montello : when you cross Via Sarpi , you’re in the heart of Chinatown ! This is the right place to enjoy a proper lunch eating Shanghai-style cuisine or some street food from the Italian South. Drink some green tea and walk to Cimitero Monumentale , sparkling in its white marble. 

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Anselm Kiefer, The Seven Heavenly Palaces, at HangarBicocca. Courtesy Pirelli HangarBicocca. Photo Agostino Osio

From there enter the driverless M5 subway line to Ponale (direction: Bignami) for a futuristic trip to Hangar Bicocca , a vast space for the contemporary arts in a formerly industrial district that now hosts a large university and residential condos. The exhibits are always spellbinding (and free) and there’s a great bar and cafeteria. Damn, it’s already time to leave and head to the station! It was short but packed with experience and style.

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Milan City Passes

Milan has two popular city passes that you can use for your Milan city trip: the Milan City Card and the Milan Pass 48h . The advantage of the cards is that they can save you real money and unnecessary waiting times. We list the advantages and disadvantages of all tourist cards for you, so that you can consider which city card is most suitable for you. None of these city passes include ‘ The Last Supper ’ by Leonardo da Vinci, you will always have to order individual tickets or tours for this attraction.

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1) Milan City Card (Milan City Pass)

This convenient Milan City Pass gives you access to three popular attractions in Milan, including the rooftop terrace of the Duomo. Book through this link your Milan City Card . During the booking process, you can conveniently reserve your desired dates and time slots for the various activities. After payment, you will receive your tickets by email or you can show them via smartphone.

What is included in this Milan City Pass?

  • Access to the Cathedral of Milan (Duomo), the Archaeological Area, the Duomo Museum & the Church of San Gottardo
  • Access to the Duomo's roof terrace
  • Admission to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
  • Fast track ticket ' Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci '
  • App with audio guide with a city tour for Milan
  • 10% discount on various attractions and excursions
  • More info and bookings Milan City Pass

2) Milan Pass 48-Hour

Another comprehensive pass is the Milan Pass , which gives you 48 hours access to 8 popular attractions and the hop-on hop-off buses (you you can also opt for the ATM public transport as an option) The only disadvantage of this card is that you have to pick up this card at a physical point (this is however centrally located opposite the Castello Sforzesco). By far the most versatile and complete city pass in Milan.

What is included in the Milan Pass?

  • Option: 48 hours access to the hop-on hop-off bus and/or the ATM Public Transport
  • Access Duomo and roof terrace
  • Audioguided tour of the La Scala Theater
  • Casa Milan museum tour
  • Access to Leonardo 3 exhibition
  • Pinocateca Ambrosiona
  • Ticket ' Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci '
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Sometimes it is cheaper to purchase individual tickets. Moreover, a number of popular activities and sights are not included in any Milan tourist pass, such as The Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie. An overview of the most sold tickets for a city trip to Milan:

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