Milan Culture & history

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Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

1. Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Milan Cathedral complex, including the terraces and the archeological area beneath the cathedral. Discover the history of this famous monument with your expert guide. You’ll also have access to the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church. Best of all, choose from either a shared small-group experience or private tour, depending on your preference.  Skip the ticket lines and enter the cathedral. Admire this stunning example of Gothic architecture and the artworks that decorate its interior. Continue to the rooftop terraces by elevator for breathtaking views over the city. Then explore the archaeological area beneath the Duomo, where the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti were found. After your guided tour, you can visit the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church on your own.

Da Vinci's Last Supper: Tour

2. Da Vinci's Last Supper: Tour

Join a guided tour and discover a masterpiece of the Milanese Renaissance at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan Make the most of your time in Milan with this skip-the-line guided tour to see the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Visit the refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with a guide to get up close to this masterpiece. Follow your guide inside the convent's refectory to feast your eyes on the beauty of the fresco. Uncover the secrets behind the painting, and discover more about the time da Vinci spent in Milan while working on this project. Listen closely as your guide shares fascinating stories and details about da Vinci and his work. Learn more about the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and hear why he decided to work in Milan from 1482 until 1499. Journey through the history of the Italian Renaissance as you explore the life of Da Vinci as artist, sculptor, engineer, scientist, and inventor. 

Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

3. Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Discover the iconic symbol of Milan with your access-all-areas ticket to the Duomo and see the 600-year-old cathedral. Learn about the history of St. Ambrose and the cathedral's important role during the evolution of the city both spiritually and culturally.  Admire city panoramas from the Duomo Terraces. Built using Candoglia marble, on bright days, you can see as far as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. Elevator optional.   Admire the Duomo's 27 halls and its 14th-century Palazzo Reale's stained glass window, tapestries, and sculptures. See the archaeological remains of the S. Giovanni alle Fonti Baptistery and S. Tecla.   Gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Milan. Built in the 4th century by St. Ambrose and demolished in 1387 to make space for the cathedral, the Baptistery was forgotten until 1961.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

4. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

5. Milan: Milan Cathedral Direct Entrance - Terrace Excluded

Enjoy a seamless entrance to the Milan Cathedral, the international symbol of Milan, and one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Italy and in Europe. Visit this treasure of art and faith and discover its peculiarities, amongst which the spellbinding stained-glass windows and vertiginous columns. Discover the history of beautiful statues, such as the most famous statue of all the Cathedral: the Saint Bartholomew Flayed. See Sarcophagi, magnificent altars, and stunning organs.

Milan: Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci Museum Entry

6. Milan: Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci Museum Entry

Visit an attractive historical site in Milan and travel through the past, present, and future. Nestled in the cloisters of a Renaissance monastery, discover one of the most important science and technology museums in Europe. See works of art, a fragment of the moon, steam trains, and a submarine. Do not miss the New Galleries, the largest permanent exhibition in the world dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. A spectacular collection of 170 historical models, works of art, ancient volumes, and immersive installations showcases the complete life and works of Da Vinci, the engineer and humanist. Discover extraordinary objects such as steam trains, the Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran, the brigantine schooner Ebe, the Conte Biancamano transatlantic, and the Enrico Toti submarine. Explore the space area and witness the only moon fragment visible in Italy, as well as the Vega space launcher. Keep an eye on temporary shows and exhibits on energy, materials, communication, transport, and particle physics.

Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

7. Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

Discover the Teatro Grande alla Scala, which is one most important focal points of both Italian and European culture. Built in 1778, the theater has hosted some of the greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world. Enjoy views of the famous stage from the third-level boxes. Explore the theater's Museum, which features a large collection of paintings, sketches, statues, original costumes, and other things related to opera. See musical instruments and other curios that tell the story of the theater.  The Museum Library contains more than 150,000 volumes and thirty manuscripts of complete works, as well as single sheets from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. Learn about the beginnings of the career of Giussepe Verdi and his somewhat tumultuous relationship with the theater.

Milan: Sforza Castle Entry Ticket with Digital Audioguide

8. Milan: Sforza Castle Entry Ticket with Digital Audioguide

Pre-book your entry ticket to one of Milan's most popular landmarks, the Sforza Castle, a Medieval-Renaissance fortress built in the 14th-century. Explore the castle grounds and the on-site museum's countless works of art while learning with a personal app-based audio guide. Start your adventure by exchanging your voucher at the meeting point in front of the Castle at Piazza Castello. Be sure to have your audio-guide app downloaded already, as this will ensure your sightseeing tour of Sforza Castle and Museum is educational and insightful. During your time at Sforza Castle, discover why this was one of the largest citadels in Europe and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this iconic structure. You will be sure to understand why this is one of Milan's most treasured and visited landmarks. Take a trip to the on-site museum which displays countless historic and iconic artworks by the likes of great artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Your audio guide is valid from the moment you set foot in Milan. The audio guide will provide plenty of suggested walking routes for you to become acquainted with the culture and history of the city.

Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

9. Milan: La Scala Museum and Theater Tour

Discover Milan's rich musical history on a guided tour through one of the world's leading opera theaters. La Scala also houses its own museum, which hosts a vast collection of costumes, instruments, and other musical curios, as well as a gallery of busts and paintings portraying some of classical music's greatest artists, including Giussepe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini. Explore the museum and hear fascinating tales and anecdotes about some of the marvelous musicians who have performed on La Scala's famous stage. You'll be immersed in the magic of the theater itself, with views from the boxes of the neoclassical interior and its monumental crystal chandelier. With good timing and a little bit of luck, you may even witness the artists rehearsing.

Milan: Last Supper & Santa Maria delle Grazie Guided Tour

10. Milan: Last Supper & Santa Maria delle Grazie Guided Tour

Admire Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, one of the world's most famous paintings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the painting technique, history, mysteries, and legends surrounding the masterpiece located in the refectory of the adjacent church, Santa Maria delle Grazie. Begin your tour in Santa Maria delle Grazie Square in front of the Renaissance church. Built between 1492 and 1493 at the behest of the Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro, the church was originally a mausoleum for his family. With its iconic octagonal tribune designed by Bramante, Santa Maria delle Grazie defines one of the highest achievements of the Renaissance in northern Italy. Let yourself be amazed by the Last Supper, Leonardo's masterpiece that has continued to inspire throughout the centuries and will leave you with an indelible memory of Milan.

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What people are saying about Milan

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4.6 / 5

based on 11,427 reviews

Massimo was an excellent guide. We were able to experience the history and beauty of Milan in a condensed and entertaining way. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Milano for a short trip. The guide has lots of great history and humor to share

Our guide was very thorough and helpful. The transit with the bus and the lake cruise were very smooth. I hope we would be able to stay a little more on each place but that would not be possible if you want to see the most. Highly recommended

Although taking the last entry time (5pm) it is advisable to get your audio tour before 4pm and see the cathedral first. Then go up to the terraces and roof for pre sunset hour. You must return your audio equipment before 6pm.

Victor was great. He was waiting for us on time and it wasn’t hard at all to find him. He gave a lot of very interesting details about the Cathedral. We enjoyed our visit a lot. It was worth it.

Really nice tour. The guide was kind and explain well. I recommend it