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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You can read a travel guide, Google your way around the city, do a hop-on hop-off, but nothing beats a personal tour by someone who knows the city firsthand. For our first touristic visit to Milan (we were here before, but just for work), this walking tour was exactly what we needed. First of all an insightful visit to the Last Supper and then a pleasant stroll passing by all main features of this beautiful city. Sforza Castle, the Scala, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Duomo were all on our route. Briefly interrupted by a short break, allowing us to taste some mouth-wateringly delicious gelato. Constantly accompanied by many stories, not just historical facts, but also plenty of personal observations and comments. As if you were in the company of a friend, not just a professional guide doing his/her job. A super experience and there is one person particularly responsible for that: thank you Beatrice!
The tour was extremely well organized. We had everything ready when we arrived at each place. What really made this tour amazing was Silvia Dondi, our guide. She is full of knowledge: history, the stories about the people and their lives, Milanese perspectives and insightful, touching explanations about Michelangelo's pieta and the last supper. Silvia is a proud Milenese and gave us humorous explanations about many places in the city and answered all our questions in detail. If you like culture, history and art - DON'T MISS THIS! Thank you Silvia!
Our tour was generally great. It started on time. The train to Domodossola was nice and lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes. There was no WIFI on train. Some parts of the green train were inside tunnel, so nothing much to see. It took 2 hours from Domodossola to Spiez, and 1 hour from Spiez to Interlaken on the ferry. The views were amazing! We had enough time in Interlaken to see around and also eat. It is an expensive city though.
Buying this in advance didn’t save us anytime. If anything it was a bigger frustration bc without internet I couldn’t pull up the barcode. I should have not purchased this. The app was not friendly or clear about how to use it and even the manager of ticketing couldn’t figure out how to give me the tickets I paid for.
The Milan walking tour was great since we only had one day to spend in Milan. Chiara our guide was excellent! Very informative, and you could tell how much she loved the city. It is ALOT of walking though, so just be prepared. It showed we walked ~5.5 miles for the tour. I would definitely recommend this.