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Best of Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line to Duomo & Last Supper

1. Best of Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line to Duomo & Last Supper

Led by your local, English-speaking guide, you’ll visit some iconic sights and some off the beaten track. Skip the line at Milan Duomo and experience this world-famous cathedral without waiting. Then, admire the medieval Sforza Castle from the outside. Explore the cobbled streets of the Brera district, the beating heart of Milan’s social and cultural life. Hear about all the famous artists and thinkers that have called Brera home. Also, get some up-to-date recommendations of places to revisit later for a drink or a meal. Finally, admire "The Last Supper", Leonardo Da Vinci’s phenomenal mural. Tickets for this masterpiece can be a challenge to acquire, but yours are included with special skip-the-line access. Listen as your guide points out the details and enjoy your guaranteed 15 minutes with the fresco.

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Milan: Brera District & Pinacoteca Guided Experience

2. Milan: Brera District & Pinacoteca Guided Experience

Start your day of adventure at the famous Pinacoteca, Milan's premier art gallery, housing some of the world's most important classical paintings. With this tour, you will get to experience a 2 hour guided experience through the gallery with a monolingual tour guide. Don't miss this unique opportunity to visit the Pinacoteca and be hypnotized by Milan's most famous collection of paintings. The gallery has on offer, artworks by masters like Raffaello, Caravaggio, Hayez and many others. Enhance your experience walking amongst these relics with a friendly and informative guide who can teach you about the works and the artists themselves.  Follow up your tour of the art gallery with a stroll through the charming street of Brera and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere. Your guide will be sure to show you the abundance of small artisans and local shops of canvas, perfumes and so on that make this place so captivating.

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Milan: 2-Hour Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour

3. Milan: 2-Hour Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour

Travel in style as you explore Milan's most beautiful locations from the comfort of an eco-friendly rickshaw accompanied by a multilingual personal guide. Admire monuments, palaces, churches, squares, and parks as you zip around the city. See sights such as the majestic Duomo Cathedral, Szfora Castle and Sempione Park with its impressive Arch of Peace monument. Marvel at the architecture of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church, home to Da Vinci's famous Last Supper painting, admire the facade of the Sant’Ambrogio Basilica and discover the financial district, where you can spot the provocative L.O.V.E statue. Soak up the rich atmosphere of traditional Italian plazas such as Mercanti Square and La Scala Opera House Square and visit the elegant Brera District as well as many other attractions on this sightseeing tour.

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Milan: Private Fashion Tour

4. Milan: Private Fashion Tour

Led by a fashion expert, your 3-hour tour begins in Milan’s Navigli district. Admire the artisan boutiques and hear the stories behind the showrooms. Stop at the Antonio Marras concept store – a space that contrasts modern clothing with the elements of the old factory building. Continue to one of Milan’s hidden gems, known for its quality fabrics. Walk along the chic streets and stop to visit a Japanese jewelry shop and atelier, where the designer makes her jewelry. Enjoy a coffee break at a rustic-chic café before heading to the Cavalli e Nastri boutique, known for its stylish garments. Your last stop is the Armani boutique, an impressive building filled with luxurious items.

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Milan: 2.5-Hour City Tour by Tram

5. Milan: 2.5-Hour City Tour by Tram

Discover Milan on a slow tram ride through the city center, starting in Piazzale Cadorna, under the famous "Needle-and-Thread" monument. Visit Sforza Castle, where your guide will tell you the history of the Ducal residence and one of the largest citadels in Europe. Located at the margins of Sempione Park, the castle provides panoramic views of the Arch of Peace, Milan’s commemorative arch, built by Luigi Cagnola at the request of Napoleon. Traveling on Line No. 1, cross the city center to see the historic streetcars of the 1930s. Pass through the Brera district en route to Cordusio, the heart of Milan’s Financial District. Then, take a walking tour of the city center to see the imposing Duomo (Cathedral), covered Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and La Scala Opera House. Back on Tram No. 1, ride through the Fashion District. Pass the consulate buildings of the Diplomatic Quarters, and admire the monuments of Piazza della Repubblica. The tour ends on Corso Buenos Aires, one of Milan’s main shopping avenues, making for a perfect drop off to enjoy some free time to shop!

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Milan: History and Architecture Private Guided Tour

6. Milan: History and Architecture Private Guided Tour

Meet your friendly guide in the bustling Piazza del Duomo then set off on your tour to discover the very best that Milan has to offer. Follow your guide through the city’s charming streets, admiring the intricate and impressive architecture that surrounds you. Along the way, learn about the various architectural influences in the city as well as some of Milan’s most prominent architects. Highlights of the tour include the Duomo, the Gallery of Victor Emanuel, La Scala Theater, and more. You’ll also uncover hidden gems that only the locals know about, including Corso Garibaldi, Corso Como, and Isola. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Milan’s impressive history and architecture, as well as plenty of tips and recommendations to enhance your visit.

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Historic Milan 3.5-Hour Afternoon Segway Tour

7. Historic Milan 3.5-Hour Afternoon Segway Tour

Jump on your Segway and ride effortlessly to the most famous attractions in Milan’s historic center. On this 3.5-hour tour you’ll start off at Sforza Castle, where your guide will provide interesting historical commentary. The tour will take you to the Arco della Pace (the Peace Arch) and the Piazza della Scala, home to the world-famous Teatro alla Scala (Scala Opera House) and Palazzo Marino. Next you will see the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and then Piazza del Duomo, where you will be able to take in the beauty of Milan's massive cathedral and learn about the other monuments lining the square. If you like, the guide will take your photo in front of the iconic cathedral. Next head to Piazza Mercanti, then travel the Chinese district passage along via Paolo Sarpi to Porta Garibaldi (the Garibaldi Gate) and Corso Como. Then see Milan's new skyline and learn about the history of the new skyscrapers of Porta Nuova. The tour will end in the Brera district with a visit to the courtyard of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (academy of fine arts of Brera). Learn about the history of the Palazzo Brera (Brera Palace) and of the district of artists.

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Milan Food and Icons: Walking and Tasting Tour

8. Milan Food and Icons: Walking and Tasting Tour

Take a 2-hour guided tour incorporating the finest elements that best represent Italian culture all over the world: history, art, monuments, and, of course, the art of food. Discover the magnificent Italian architectural heritage of Milan’s center, and experience the numerous options the city offers in terms of quality food tastings. Meet your guide in Piazza della Scala and admire the world-famous opera theatre before stopping for a typical Italian breakfast with an espresso or a cappuccino to get in the right mood for the day. Enjoy a sweet awakening as you taste one of the most prestigious Italian coffee brands in the world.   After this pleasant start, travel back in time and admire the majestic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a treasure of 19th-century engineering and a real symbol of Milanese and Italian excellence.  Listen to your guide on the way to a bakery right behind Piazza Duomo, where you will taste the most delicious Italian specialties such as pizza or the incredible focaccia di Recco.   You will then pass by Piazza Duomo and be introduced to the history of the iconic cathedral while heading towards a fine Italian bistro offering typical local dishes prepared with organic, farm-to-table products. Taste a selection of tasty cold cuts and enjoy one of the best risottos you have ever tried, all while relaxing in the charming atmosphere drinking a glass of Italian wine.   Lastly, there’s nothing else to do but follow your guide and enjoy dessert at one of the most famous creamy cannoncinos (cream horn) in Milan, made following the technique of a nationally acclaimed pastry chef.

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Milan 3–Hour Cultural Bike Tour

9. Milan 3–Hour Cultural Bike Tour

Take a 3-hour bike tour of Milan and discover Renaissance monuments, Leonardo’s projects and ancient basilicas. The first stop is the colossal Castello Sforza, once home to Milan’s ruling families during the Renaissance. Head to ruins of the Roman era, when Milan was the capital of the Empire. Move on to the Duomo Cathedral, the symbol of Milan, and marvel at its 135 spires. Visit the Teatro alla Scala, one of the leading opera houses of the world. See other historic monuments and buildings, blending tradition with centuries of innovation. Experience a unique journey from the ancient to the contemporary, discovering the landmarks of the city as well as its hidden gems.

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Milan: Italian Food Tour

10. Milan: Italian Food Tour

The best way to get to know a location is by tasting the local food, and this is even more true for Italy. You will be wandering the atmospheric streets of Milan with a local guide that will tell you about Italian cuisine and tradition. Explore the colorful history of Milan as you tour, accompanied by our expert guide that will wisely mix history and food, culture and fun. Learn about the traditions of Italian cuisine and get to try mouthwatering bites along the way, like Cannoncini - puff pastry horns filled with Crema Pasticciera with an Italian coffee, then continue with Italian Pizza or Focaccia. Enjoy salami and cheese with good wine, followed by an authentic Italian gelato (ice cream). Walk away with new culinary perspectives, big smiles and satisfied taste buds. Meet your guide in front of Mondadori Store in Piazza DUOMO, in the center of the town, and then begin your cultural and food walking tour of the city. Learn about the history of the sumptuous palaces you will pass by in the city that was home to cutting-edge chefs and passionate sommeliers.

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What people are saying about Brera District

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 395 reviews

Although we thought we had been in the fashion district and had seen most of it - we suddenly found ourselves in stores that we would not have noticed. But are not so much "insider tips" but the type of visit that make the whole thing an experience! Gabriella approached everyone, and the Armani store was even interesting because the salespeople explained all sorts of things to us. You have to get involved in the fact that it is not a frontal secret highlight tour - but then it is really great and unique because of the personal touch.

We had the best day and tour of the beautiful city of Milan with Simon as our guide. His insight and knowledge of the city was incredibly valuable as we toured the Duomo, Last Supper and the Sforza Castle. It was one of the highlights of our Italy trip, and a memory we will never forget. Thank you Simon for sharing your expertise with us!

Francesca was a fantastic guide with interesting explanations and very knowledgeable. The only thing was that I think that 2 metro tickets and a soda were included in the price but we were asked to book by ourselves the tickets!

We enjoyed relaxed and thoughtful walk through the top architectural locations streaching accross centuries. Throughout the tour Alisa showed us unique spots and shared some local stories. Great start for a weekend in Milan!

Great guide, very helpful and thorough. Good experience overall.