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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitSpring or summer
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What people are saying about Milan
I have gone on tours before and have been very disappointed; almost always because the tour guide is useless (lack of knowledge, poor language skills etc). Well Charles changed my view. He was just outstanding; articulate, intelligent, highly knowledgeable and a really nice person as well. It was an absolute pleasure to go on the tour and that was totally due to Charles. Can't recommend him enough - thank you Charles!
Found this an inspirational experience - similar to me as the Barcelona Familia Sagrada. The body of Duomo is immense and yet feels welcoming. This is a treasure beyond compare.
Our tour guide Lora was amazing, and added to our experience in unexpected ways. Highly recommend, the tour is well worth it.
tour was fine. very informative and comfortable on hot day. map of pick up point could have been better, should have said "pick up outside tourist info storefront." otherwise everything was very good.
Arrived within an hour of the Duomo opening time so queued for less than 20 mins before entering. No signs to tell you the actual queue for the roof access is a separate entrance at the back of the Duomo so we had to queue again for the elevator. We saw a number of people slip and fall on the sloped roof so we're glad to have worn rubber-soled shoes. It was a bright sunny day and the views were incredible - well worth the early start!!