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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!

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie

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!

The Last Supper

The 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!

Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala

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!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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!

Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

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.

Sforza Castle

Sforza Castle

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.

Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo)

Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo)

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.

Brera Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)
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Brera Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)

Milan's Brera Picture Gallery boasts some of Italy's most significant paintings, with works by Raphael, Titian, and Caravaggio on display.

San Siro Stadium

San Siro Stadium

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!

Navigli District

Navigli District

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!

Planning Your Milan Visit

When to go?

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.

How many days?

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.

How to get around?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or summer

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What people are saying about Milan

Magnificent church and breathtaking views and stonework on the roof!

A fairly short wait in line on the piazza, a smooth security routine, and viola: we entered the beautiful room of the cathedral - so worth it! Gorgeous gothic room and an added extra ambiance with the Sunday mass going on. The church is so big, there’s room for a lot of sightseeing people, while it is in use. We climbed the old stone stairs to the roof, after another short security check - it actually built up expectations to take stairs instead of lift/elevator, and added to the experience, coming from the narrow staircase and out in the open on the magnificent terraced roof. What a thoroughly great experience that roof was! Being close to all the stone work and enjoying its beauty, realising that there is actually a sculpture of a man on top of each spire, was just wow! And the views over Milano are unbeatable! We stayed up there for quite a while. The crowds weren’t too big. We went a morning in February, so this might be a different experience at busier times of the year.

Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket Reviewed by Maja, 02/28/2019

very knowlegable guide and well organised tour operator

as we asked after booking the tour to have the chance to visit the Santa Maria Delle Grazie church our guide made it possible and this tour worth the price anyhow I think that it should also include the Scala theatre visit from inside

This was a very good tour and a great way to start our trip in Milan

The meeting place on the ticket is exactly where the ghuides say they will be. It’s a small piazza so you can’t miss them. They give you hand held devices and it makes they tour very enjoyable. The guide was very knowledgeable.

Milan: Last Supper Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/16/2019

The best driving experience I have ever had!!!

Ricardo is a very nice guy and really enjoys offering this driving a Ferrari experience. The car is very nice kept and amazing to drive. I recommend having this experience at least once in life! It is worth every penny!!!

Milan: Ferrari Test Drive Experience Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/10/2019

It was a fun trip with very friendly guys

A good possibility to know things ourside the touristic area. They stopped and let you bisit things, wherever you want. All completly relaxed and we learnt new things about Milan

Best of Milan: 2-Hour Rickshaw Tour Reviewed by Beatrice, 02/04/2019