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What to See
- Sforza Castle: Designed during the age of Renaissance, this castle is home to rarities such as the last masterpiece of Michelangelo, the unfinished Pietà Rondanini and the frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante. Admire its architecture that speaks volumes about the Renaissance history.
- Museum Of La Scala: A part of Tetro alla Scala, this is a theatrical museum that exhibits the history of opera and of Italian theatre in general, and includes displays relating, for example, to the commedia dell'arte and to the famous stage actress Eleonora Duse.
- Gallery Of Vittorio Emanuele Ii: This is a renowned and magnificent shopping arcade that is covered with a glass and iron roof. The interior of this impressive five story structure is decorated with patriotic mosaics and statues.
- Santa Maria Della Grazie: Visit this church that houses the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, housed in the refectory of the convent.
- Basilica Of Sant Ambrogio: Renowned for its medieval architecture, this basilica is built in a stunning Romanesque style and is dedicated to Milan's patron saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, who founded the church in the 4th century.
- Brera Picture Gallery: Founded in 1809 by Napoleon I, and one of Italy’s largest art galleries, this place exhibits Italian paintings from the Quattrocento (15th century) to the Rococo period (18th century). It has especially rich collections of Venetian and Lombard paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
- Piazza Mercanti: Translated as Merchant's sqaure, this place is located between Piazza del Duomo, which marks the centre of the modern city of Milan, and Piazza Cordusio, and it used to be the heart of the city in the Middle Ages.
- Giardin Pubblici: Visit the largest park in the centre of Milan that holds a historic significance as it encloses a number of cultural monuments.
- Parco Sempione: Visit the Simplon Park that is built in an english style and is situated behind the Sforza Castle and nestles large greenery, cafes and places for relax.
- Via Dante: Named after the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, Via Dante is an important and elegant pedestrian street that borders several theatres, shops, restaurants, cafés, palaces and bars.
- Civico Museo Archeologic: Translated as the Archaeological museum of Milan, this museum is housed within the complex of an ex convent and dispalys objects from Etruscan statues to coins of ancient Milan (then called Mediolanum), and from Greek vases to golden rings from the Middle Ages.
- Cimitero Monumentale: Although a cemetry, this place houses a number of sculptures and monuments that were built for the tombs of Milan's rich and today have gained a historical and artistic values.
- San Lorenzo Maggiore: Built in 4th century, this is the oldest church in Milan. Of particular interest will be the foundations that are made of enormous blocks taken from other Roman sites and the interior which was decorated with marble along the lower half and mosaics up higher.
- Idroscalo Lake: Originally constructed as a seaplane airport, today this artificial lake has been facilitated with a park. The Idroscalo also hosts many recreational and sporting activities such as kayaking, canoeing, dragon boats, rowing, sailing, swimming, horse riding and water skiing.
- Palazzo Litta: Palazzo Litta can be considered, especially for its whimsical eighteenth-century facade, as one of the most representative (and well preserved) examples of Baroque Lombard style evident in Milan around the second decade of the eighteenth century.
- Biblioteca And Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: Enter this museum to admire some of the greatest masterpieces of all times, like The Musician by Leonardo, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael , the Adoration of the Magi by Titian, the Madonna del Padiglione by Sandro Botticelli and the magnificent Vases of Flowers by Jan Brueghel.
- Fiera Di Sinigaglia: Having gained the status of an institution,Fiera has become one of the most popular hangout markets in Milan. Spending some time here to shop can be real fun.
- Quadrilatero Doro: Shop at this high-class shopping district that dazzles witht the presence of numerous boutiques and related retail outlets which represent most of the world’s major fashion houses.
- Milan Cathedral: Wonder at the monumental glory of this exceptionally large and elaborate Gothic cathedral on the main square of Milan. It is the largest Gothic cathedral in Milancand the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world.
- Teatro alla Scala: Take out time to watch an opera performance at this historic opera house that was was built at the end of the eighteenth century. This is also one of the world's most revered venues and numerous famous works by composers such as Verdi and Bellini have been premiered here.
- Pinacoteca di Brera: History comes alive with this museum that displays one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy with over 500 works dating from the 14th- 20th century. Opened to the public in 1809, it is situated in a beautiful 17th century building alongside the Accademia di Belli Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in the Palazzo di Brera.
- Piazza del Duomo: Considered to be the most beautiful square in Milan, it is dominated by the magnificent front facade of the Duomo (cathedral). At the center of the square stands a monument honoring the first king of a unified Italy
- San Siro Stadium: Take out time to cheer for a football match at San Siro Stadium, the largest stadium in Milan.
- Navigli: Famous for its nightlife, the Navigli district of Milan is one of the most famous areas of Milano which is really worth visiting.
- Brera: The Brera district is one of the most artistically inspired districts in Milan as it was once populated mainly by artists and bohemians.
WHERE TO BE
- Milan has a great nightlife with hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafes and trattorias but during summer months it can be incredibly crowded everywhere.
Below we have a list of things to do in Milan and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Milan getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Milan with confidence.