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
Loved everything about it. Quite small group with excellent guide. The earphones are a great idea and the only way to enjoy the Duomo is do a guided tour as it so busy and queues are so long. The rooftop tour is breathtaking If you have precooked online my tip would be ignore the queue into the ticket office and go straight to the front desk to pick up your headphones and meet your guide - otherwise you’ll be queuing For ages. There should really be a big sign saying all precooked customers this way!!! Note you will have to leave ID for your headphones - passport or driving license etc
It was disappointing to know that despite knowing the need to stop tours due to a “state” funeral being held at the Duomo, the ticket office still sold tickets for terrace walk. We were fortunate to have time to return later in the afternoon to walk the terrace, but others had no time & found it difficult to get a part refund. The jumping the queue is definitely well worth the extra money...on any other day that’s not interrupted by a funeral.
Great way to reach Milan center from Malpensa Airport without having to pay a fortune for the taxi! As long as you don't have more than 2 bags! Our coach journey was fine with the Bus air conditioned and the seats comfortable. The journey took about 50 mins. We had to ask the coach station assistant in the airport for guidance - once we got the bus stop number and details with the exit number, it was easy to find1 Got on board and relaxed.
Our guide was really good. The tour was very informative and our guide was friendly and funny. However, the tour we did was in both English and German and I felt like that was too much for the guide plus made the tour too long. It means that for half the time, you’re listening to information in a language you don’t understand. If I had the option, I would book this same tour but in a single language.
We enjoyed the attention to detail and also her ability to handle a large group of people being walked through the busy city. Even when guests had to leave the group, she was gracious and continued to offer insight to all who remained. Definitely worth it.