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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

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

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

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
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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)

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

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)

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)
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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

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

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 Milan 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

The knowledge of our guide made the tour spectacular!

The duomo in Milan is fabulous no matter how you visit. Our guide made the tour so much more interesting. She gave us lots of interesting facts about the duomo and how it was made and the ongoing renovations of it. She kept us interested with questions every now and then. Skipping the line is definitely the way to go, we were able to enjoy the duomo and then move on to other things to do in Milan. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Milan.

Skip-the-Line Tour of the Duomo and Rooftops Reviewed by Stacie, 06/18/2019

Absolutely essential for Duomo experience.

Having a fast track ticket for the roof terraces, inside of the Carhedral, and Museo Duomo was essential! The only difficulty is the execution by the Italians. You still have to wait in the same long line as people without Fastrack tix to get paper copies printed out. They will not accept mobile tix. If this could be fixed, the experience would have been flawless.

We never knew what we are seeing until the tour.

Our guide was great. He shared his knowledge in a way that I, my 13yr old and 14yr old could understand and truest appreciated. The tour goes beyond the Last Supper to include other close attraction points which are worth staying the entire time.

Milan: Half-Day History Tour and The Last Supper Reviewed by Vincent, 06/15/2019

An interesting tour from a very knowledgeable tour guide.

This was a great tour for the time and money. The venues were very interesting with the Last Supper being a site not to be missed. Our guide Emilio was very knowledgeable of art and history, and he did a great job of using our time in the San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore as a build-up to our finale of the Last Supper.

Milan: Sforza Castle and Da Vinci's Last Supper Reviewed by Jeffrey, 06/15/2019

A wonderful and informative overview of the city.

Our guide was really knowledgeable about every aspect of Milan. She was interesting and easy to talk to. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.

Milan: Half-Day History Tour and The Last Supper Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/14/2019