Top attractions in Milan
Milan boasts one of the most cosmopolitan cultures in Italy - its rich artistic history laid the foundations upon which fashion and design could flourish. Here are some of the city's highlights, whether you're looking for art, history, or simply want to go home looking a little more stylish!
We'd forgive you for thinking this church's appeal lay in its clash of Gothic and Renaissance styles, but it also just happens to be the home of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Last Supper!
Fun fact: Da Vinci's genius may have been indisputable, but he lacked experience painting frescoes. The work began to deteriorate soon after completion, so go see it before it's too late!
Also simply known as La Scala, Milan's opera house has played host to some of the greatest singers and musicians of the past 250 years. Its world-beating reputation remains intact today!
Few of the city's other historic attractions are considered as high a credit card risk as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – one of the world's oldest and best shopping malls!
Italy's largest church looms over Milan's main square, heavily adorned with ominous sculptures right up to the gilded bronze "Madonnina" on top of its main spire.
The Sforza Castle was one of the largest in Europe. Today it's home to important museums such as the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Musical Instruments.
Stretching over 17,000 square meters, Milan's duomo square has room not only for the city's vast cathedral, but many other top attractions, like the Royal Palace.
Milan's Brera Picture Gallery boasts some of Italy's most significant paintings, with works by Raphael, Titian, and Caravaggio on display.
Tour the grounds of AC Milan's famous San Siro stadium, which has hosted not only some of soccer's defining moments, but also musical greats from Bob Marley to Bob Dylan!
The historic Navigli district takes its name from the ancient canals that once connected the city. It's also home to some of the best restaurants for traditional Milanese cuisine!
Milan is a year-round destination that doesn't really deal with peak seasons. Instead, it offers a wealth of events and exhibitions, so check the programs at its theaters and museums before you book your trip. If you're interested in Fashion Week, you have two to choose from! The autumn/winter collections are flaunted in February and March, and spring/summer in September and October.
You could see most of Milan's key places of interest within a couple of days, but consider a long weekend if you want to shop or mellow out a little longer in its dynamic culture.
Driving in Milan can be a hair-raising experience! Fortunately it has an incredibly easy-to-use public transportation network. Tickets for its metro, bus, and tram routes must be bought prior to boarding. They must then be validated at the metro turnstiles or red boxes on board the buses and trams. The city also has a bike sharing scheme in place. More information can be found at bikemi.com.
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What people are saying about Milan
We booked this tour mainly to get the tickets to see The Last Supper and since we had just landed in Italy from California ,and only had an afternoon and evening in Milan, figured we could always leave during the walking part of the tour if we got tired or wanted to do something else. Our guide Bea was delightful, interesting and so great we stayed for the entire tour and thoroughly enjoyed the tour, Milan and Bea. Highly recommend!!
Full day trip, well informed every step of the way, fantastic views, can't fault anything, plenty of time to wonder off for lunch or see other interesting things. Bus driver was amazing weaving in and out of the narrow roads, also the guide was excellent at explaining the history and other interesting things. Excellent time keeping throughout the day.
From booking the experience to actually meeting up and driving the car was so easy and simple. Ricardo is great, so helpful and knows what he's talking about. I booked this as a surprise for my boyfriend who loves Ferrari cars and the smile on his face said it all when he realised what I'd planned. All I can say is... money well spent :)
The tour was good, half hour longer because of waiting in line for the elevator to the terrasse on a busy day. Valeria Fontana was absolutely wonderful - good amount of Information, good ratio between history, fun facts, architectural/arthistorical informations. what a passionate guide! Thank you!
Enjoyed the tour. Our guide's English was better than many native Americans, and his knowledge of Milan history was great. He had an answer to everything. I wished we could have walked faster, but I understand the pace had to be slow for the older participants.