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
What wasn’t great was the confusion around the pick up point. I booked my tour online and what was offered were 2 pick up points, one by the Dio,o, the other at Stazione Centrale. On receiving the Mobile Voucher, the pick up point highligted was the only the one at the Duomo. We took at taxi there at the cost of 11€, and to our surprising the independent tour guide said we would going soon to collect the others from the Stazione Centrale. We were annoyed to say the least, as we were staying within 7mins walk to the station and could have saved both time and money by walking there, which was what we were planning on doing. Please get the mobile voucher updated to show both options to customers to stop this confusion. The tour leader was not interested in mentioning this to his employers.
Valeria was a very knowledgeable guide and very patient working with a large group of people with a variety of questions and needs. This is a great way to get last-minute tickets to view The Last Supper, which was fascinating to see in the context of the monastery’s history. The headset was amazing and worked very well, eliminating the need to gather closely around the guide and strain to hear what she is saying. She gave constant commentary as we walked, making use of all of the time we had.
Our beautiful host and teacher was really nice and polite. The recipes we learned were simple but still really delicious. We learned a lot, especially making your own Pasta was a thing we've never done before. The Lessons Made a big Impression on us and we started to use those new techniques ourself (We still can't match the apple-pie, but we are trying) The Lessons was wonderful and we can only recommend it. Also, the Dog is really cute.
We had only a day in Milan and this was the most fantastic way to see the city - and obviously the Last supper. Guide was very knowledgeable and gave out little snippets of info on diverse subjects making the whole experience less of a tour and more a personal experience. Be warned though there is a lot of walking involved but it is well worth the effort.
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.