Things to do in

Milan

Full of attractions like the Milan Cathedral, this metropolis is a magnet for fashion and culture buffs alike.

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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!

  • Santa Maria delle Grazie

    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!

  • The 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!

  • Teatro alla Scala

    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!

  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

    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!

  • Milan Cathedral (Duomo)

    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.

  • Sforza Castle

    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.

  • Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo)

    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.

  • Brera Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)

    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.

  • San Siro Stadium

    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!

  • Navigli District

    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!

Frequently asked questions about Milan

What top attractions are a must-see in Milan?

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

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or summer

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What people are saying about Milan

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