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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For over an hour the guide provided priceless and in depth insight to the painting. The information provided us with a real understanding and feel for the painting and artist which and as a result provided the main highlight of our wonderful stay in Milan. The tour guide's knowledge, combined with her excellent way of communicating the information in simple language, with enthusiasm and feel was so impressive and made the event absolutely worthwhile.
The company need to make their guides more visible to clients before going into the visit.
I found Get Your Guide online and am very glad I did!! We wanted to see the last supper, and I couldn't get tickets for the time I wanted without a guide. I am so glad I a guide. She was FANTASTIC. It was like taking an art history class. I learned so much about the last supper, its history—incredible. I highly recommend this experience. As I am, you'll be very glad you went with an expert guide and did not have to wait in the long line to get in.
A must.....Tour guide was very good and also on top of his game. During the boat ride we had some turbulent waters that prevented us foreseeing Bellagio and Verrona. HOWEVER, he absolutely turned our trip around by taking us to another amazing little village to tour and have a nice lunch. Very impressed with his ability to have a back up plan to ensure we had a an amazing experience. Well Done, and thank you!!!!!
The last supper and the other attractions, explained in a very informativ yet interesting way by the competent guide. It made me want to do an extended tour of Milan in the future. Thank you Milan and our tour guide.