Top Historical Places in Milan

Are you looking to explore the history of Milan through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Milan including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Milan. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Milan ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Milan, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Milan for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Milan with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. La Vigna Di Leonardo

    4.6 (198 Votes)
    La Vigna Di Leonardo

    Heritage Building

    This Renaissance house stands right in front of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo painted The Last Supper. The garden here used to be a vineyard, gifted to Leonardo by a grateful Duke, who wanted to remind the artist of his home in Tuscany. Today it is only visitable by guided tours, short ones of 25 minutes each. The tour is divided into 7 parts that take you through the c...Read more
  2. Royal Palace

    4.5 (366 Votes)
    Royal Palace

    Palace, Heritage Building

    The palace has played an important role in Milan's history for a long time, almost a thousand years. It was the seat of the government during the medieval ages, and later, a governor's palace under Ferrante Gonzaga in the 16th century. Though fire stuck the Court theatre multiple times, and it was restored each time, the palace's final neo-classical look was designed by in the Giuseppe Piermari...Read more
  3. Memoriale Della Shoah Di Milano


    In this space below the Milan Central, between 1943 and 1945, hundreds of Jews were loaded into wagons to be sent to a concentration camp - Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen Belsen, Fossoli and Bolzano. The memorial to these victims of the holocaust is on Track 21. The site has been restored to its look during wartime. The cattle cars into which the people were loaded are on site. The names of the sam...Read more
  4. Casa Manzoni

    4.3 (209 Votes)
    Casa Manzoni

    Historical Site

    Alessandro Manzoni is one of Italy's most celebrated 19th century authors, and a darling citizen of Milan. He wrote what is perhaps the most famous novel to come out of Italy - The Betrothed. H purchased this house early in the 19th century, and in 1941 it passed into the ownership of the city of Milan. Restored no to how it must have looked in his lifetime, the house also has thematic exhibiti...Read more
  5. Porta Ticinese

    4.4 (197 Votes)
    Porta Ticinese

    Bar, Landmark, Walking Area, Historical Site

    This south facing city gate was built in the 16th century as part of the city's Spanish walls. It's name means Gate to the Ticino River. The original gate known as Porta Ticinese is closer to the city center. The structure you see today was created in the early 19th century in neo-classical style (ionic columns and massive tympanum) by Luigi Cagnola. The area is surrounded by cute shops, bars, ...Read more
  6. Casa Degli Omenoni

    4.5 (166 Votes)
    Casa Degli Omenoni

    Historical Site

    Built by sculptor Leone Leoni as both his abode and his office, this historic palace gets its name from the eight 'great men' sculpted on its facade. Sculpturally, the house repeats the Lion motif a lot, though there are also eagles, chimeras and festoons. Check out the bas-relief over the door. The building isn't exactly open to the public anymore, as it is owned by Clubino, a gentlemen's club...Read more
  7. Casa Di Riposo Per Musicisti

    Museum, Historical Site

    This neo-Gothic house was the child of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Recognising that not all of the country's esteemed elderly composers were as wealthy as he was, he had a home built for them. The house still has that function, though it also serves as a museum (paintings, furniture, gifts and artefacts), and as Verdi's lovely crypt. Yes, the great composer is buried here. Visitors come to...Read more
  8. Leonardo Da Vinci's Horse

    4.6 (48 Votes)
    Leonardo Da Vinci's Horse

    Landmark, Statue

    In 1482, the Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro asked Leonardo Da Vinci to sculpt the biggest horse statue in the world. The famous artist never got around to completing it, finishing only the designs. It wasn't until 500 years later, in 1977 that Charles C. Dent, a United Airlines pilot, founded a non-profit dedicated to the creation of the horse. Twenty years later the statue was unveiled in fron...Read more
  9. Via Manzoni

    Historical Site, Street Market, Street Food, Streets

    This bustling and trendy street has many highlights and not just for shopping, eating, nightlife and art. It's the location of several tourist attractions. These include the art museum Museo Poldi Pezzoli, the Grand Hotel et de Milan (where Giuseppe Verdipassed away), home of anti-fascist partisan Roberto Veratti, the church of San Francesco, the 17th century Palazzo Gallarati-Scott, and the ol...Read more
  10. San Gottardo In Corte

    4.3 (5 Votes)
    San Gottardo In Corte

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site

    Connected to the Palazzo Reale as a ducal Chapel, this church was initially dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, but when the builder Azzone Visconti suffered from gout, he rededicated it to St. Gotthard of Hildesheim, patron of sufferers of gout. It was completed in 1336. The most striking feature of the church is the Lombard Gothic tower, famous for being Milan's first public clock by marking the...Read more
  11. Santa Maria Delle Grazie

    4.5 (4491 Votes)
    Santa Maria Delle Grazie

    Church, Religious Site, Unesco Site

    Visitors, who truly wish to discover & learn about this city, can’t miss the splendid Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, the UNESCO World Heritage site and a rich testament to the Renaissance in Milan. The main attraction of this place is its constructional beauty. As this gothic church possesses great historical significance, it comes in the list of being the most importa...Read more
  12. Ago E Filo

    4.3 (10 Votes)
    Ago E Filo

    Monument, Sculpture

    This is a rather curious looking public art monument. It is made of stainless steel and reinforced plastic. It looks exactly like its name suggest, a giant threaded needle going through a knot. According to the artist, this is a metaphor for a train going through tunnel. Indeed, the red, green, yellow threads are supposed to represent the city's subway lines. The structure also resonates with t...Read more
  13. Palazzo Litta

    4.4 (2063 Votes)
    Palazzo Litta

    Palace, Architecture

    The Palazzo Litta, also known as the Palazzo Arese-Litta, is a Baroque structure in Milan, northern Italy. The construction of this structure is the most attractive part of it. The baroque decoration of the windows consists of an enablement with floral patterns and volutes. Its elegant facade faces the Corso Magenta, and its portal is decorated with imposing telamons along with a grand staircas...Read more
  14. Cimitero Monumentale

    4.7 (1672 Votes)
    Cimitero Monumentale

    Cemetery, Tomb

    The Cimitero Monumentale, also known as Monumental Cemetery, is one of the two largest cemeteries in Milan, Italy. The Monumental is noted for the abundance of artistic tombs. The cemetery has a special section for those who do not belong to the Catholic religion and there is a Jewish section as well. Some of the renowned artists, politicians and well known people of Milan have been buried here...Read more
  15. Piazza Cinque Giornate


    The Five Days of Milan were from 18 and 22 March 1848, the dates of the uprising that saw the region shake off the Austrian dominion. This monument was built to commemorate those days. To make way for it, the Porta Tosa that stood here had to be torn down. The monument is the design and work of Giuseppe Grandi, but it was officially opened in 1895, just after his death. It took him 14 years to ...Read more