Milan is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Milan one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Milan is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Milan or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Milan. Explore the historical monuments of Milan with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Milan guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Milan page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Milan landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Milan.
#1 of 43 Historical Places in Milan | Added 100687 times in trip plans
Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano, Italy
08:00 am - 07:00 pm
Milan’s Cathedral, or Duomo, is symbol of the city. The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic in Italy, its spiky spires and towers dominate Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s beating heart. The Duomo’s exterior is an upwardly thrusting collection of pinnacles, elongated statues and buttresses.
For the ancient wonderful interior and ca...
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Piazza Castello 27029 Milano, Italy
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
Sforza Castle is a place which should be counted as one of the best tourist places in Milan. The Castle was built in the 18th century. The place is worth visiting to visualize something unique. It is a complex, which includes numerous museums that you can enjoy during your trip. Today, this great structure holds collections of art and often serves ...
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Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano, Italy
This neoclassical 19th century arch, 25 metres high, was built to commemorate and celebrate Napoleon's triumphs at first, and so called Arco delle Vittorie (Arch of Victory). Later, in 1859, it was rededicated to a unified Italy. It is an ornate creation, with lovely bas-reliefs and corinthian columns. Check the four large statues in front, each of...
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Via Mozart, 14, 20122 Milano, Italy
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Nedda and Gigina Necchi, and Gigina's husband Angelo Campiglio, enjoyed serious bragging right during the 1930s, when they lived in this lovely art deco and Rationalist-style villa by Piero Portaluppi. Why? Because they had on of the city's only swimming pool. The house has been preserved as it was in their lives, and if you visit, you'll see they ...
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Corso Magenta, 65, 20123 Milan, Italy
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 d...
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Corso di Porta Ticinese, 20123 Milano, Italy
This s no bar or pub or club or restaurant. And yet, this is still one of the most loved nightspots in the city. The Columns of San Lorenzo are ancient roman ruins, sixteen tall corinthian columns moved to this location from another, perhaps more pagan, structure. It is right in front of the magnificent Basilica di San Lorenzo, which is always a lo...
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Piazza del Duomo, 12, Milano, Italy
09:30 am - 07:30 pm
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-classica...
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Piazza della Scala, 2, 20121 Milano, Italy
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
This 16th century palace was designed by architect Galeazzo Alessi and some of Milan's foremost sculptors at the time. It was built for the Genoan merchant Tommaso Marino. Since 1861, it has continuously functioned as Milan's City Hall. Check out the sculptures of Heracles and Metamorphoses (the latter by Ovid) in the courtyard. See the fresc...
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Corso Buenos Aires, Milan
This elegant street of neoclassical and art nouveau architecture has the highest concentration of clothing shops of any other in Europe. There are over 350 outlets here stretching along 1.2 kilometres of road. This makes it one of the busiest and trendiest streets in the city. You'll find both standard upscale brand names and local boutiques here, ...
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Via Torino, 20123 Milano, Italy
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Connecting the Duomo and Corso di Porta Ticinese, this street has long been one of the best shopping destinations in the city. Recently, it's been seeing a lot of traffic for its many stores, particularly amongst the younger crowd. Clothes and accessories do good business here too. Prices are exceeding reasonable and it's not uncommon to pick up a ...
#11 of 43 Historical Places in Milan | Added 2524 times in trip plans
Piazza Edmond J. Safra, 1, 20124 Milano, Italy
10:00 am - 07:30 pm
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 peopl...
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Via Gerolamo Morone, 1, 20121 Milan, Italy
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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...
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Via Sant'Andrea, 6, 20121 Milano, Italy
09:00 am - 05:30 pm
This lavish 18th century palace, owned by the Bolognini family until 1945, is an excellent period museum. It combines elements of home museums, costume museums and art museums. Fabrics, paintings, busts, sculpture, furniture, decorative arts, porcelain - the museum is an embarrassment of riches. Its main purpose is to elaborate on Milanese lifestyl...
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Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio, Milano, Italy
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 Cagnol...
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Via degli Omenoni, 3, 20121 Milano, Italy
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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...