Top 10 sights
Top 10 things to do 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!
1. Santa Maria delle Grazie
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!
2. The 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!
3. Teatro alla Scala
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!
4. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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!
5. Milan Cathedral (Duomo)
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.
6. Sforza Castle
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.
7. Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo)
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.
8. Brera Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)
Milan's Brera Picture Gallery boasts some of Italy's most significant paintings, with works by Raphael, Titian, and Caravaggio on display.
9. San Siro Stadium
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!
10. Navigli District
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!
Planning Your Visit
When to go?
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.
How many days?
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.
How to get around?
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.
Good to know
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
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- Best time to visit
- Spring or summer
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What people are saying about Milan
Wir hatten eine großartige Tour mit Armando, der uns durch Mailand abseits der Touristen besitzt. Sie sehen also nicht nur den Standard der Stadt, sondern auch die nicht touristischen Orte. Wir haben viele Tipps erhalten, wie man ein kleines Restaurant einrichtet, das normalerweise nur mäßig genutzt wird. Weiter haben wir alle unsere Fragen über Venedig gehört. Valerio verfolgt alles mit viel Spaß und Freude und so waren die zwei Stunden sehr zufrieden und blitzschnell verlassen. Die Cocktails und Leckereien waren sehr lecker! Wir müssen eine solche Tour sofort wieder buchen - empfehlenswert!
My partner and I had just arrived in Milan and we started the same day with the aperitivo tour of Milan. What we didn't knew then, was that it was directly the highlight of our 3 days in Milan! Fransesca was so welcoming and knowledgeable about food and drinks and so easy to talk to. She showed us places based on her very extensive knowledge of her city. The places we went to we had delicious snack and drinks and we didn’t walk away hungry or thirsty. Fransesca was a great host and I would highly recommend her for any tour of Milan!
Very easy to book, definitely worth the elevator pass to go up (thete are a lot of stairs)! Due to covid abd the city in general ring quiet I had the unique opportunity of being literally the only person up on the terraces rooftop apart from 2 security guards I saw! This is not to be missed, how close you are to the stunning architecture of the towers and the views over the city (even on a full day!) are amazing. You come down the stairs and into the cathedral itself which is wonderful and a must see.
We really enjoyed the company of our tour guide Armando! He shared personal stories of Milan, the city he grew up. The places we visited had a pure local touch and the cocktail we had, was super nice and the bites we got were very tasty - Highly recommended!
Be sure to go on a dry day, we were lucky, the floor up top would be very tricky on a wet day.