Italian Milano is a city in northern Italy, the capital of Milan province and region of Lombardy. It is Italy’s most wealthy commercial and industrial metropolis, as well as its primary financial center. Also, the Insubres a Gaulish community who lived on the north bank of the Po River, founded the city approximately 400 BC.

Tourist Attractions

It can’t be denied that Milan is a city of influential past and rich architectural and cultural heritage. In addition, the city has multiple shares of attractions. Here are 16 of the most sought-after places to visit in the city.

Duomo (Milan Cathedral)

also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente. This gigantic church is the fifth largest cathedral in the world which holds up to 40,000 people. Constructed between 1386 and 1965, this massive cathedral is famous for its thousand exterior statues, hundred spires, and white marble, an ultimate example of Flamboyant Gothic style. For those seeking a challenge, a walk to the roof is an incredible experience. Offering the most magnificent views across the city. It’s available during the daytime via elevator or a 250 climb on the stairs.  Taking photos inside the cathedral is allowed as long as you buy a special wristband at the entrance. If you prefer a guided sunset tour of the spires, make reservations in advance.

Location: Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper

The church of the Santa Maria Delle Grazie, home to a six-sided dome, was designed by Bramante, one of Italy’s most influential Renaissance architects. This massive church is a  UNESCO world heritage site that holds Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper. The Last Supper, locally known as Cenacolo Vinciano, measuring 460 cm by 880 cm, was created for the artist’s patron, Ludovico Sforza. Painted on the wall in tempera between 1495 to 1497, this in-demand masterpiece has limited and restricted access, thus advance booking is necessary. Half-Day Sightseeing tour with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is a best-selling tour that offers another way to get advance booking and entrance tickets. This 3.5-hour tour lets you see the famous artwork as well as admissions to other first-rate sites in Milan including La Scala opera house.

Location: Piazza Santa Maria Delle Grazie 2, Milan

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II: Luxury Shops and Elegant Cafe’s

This is Italy’s oldest shopping mall. Built between 1865 and 1877, this grand arcade was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni, an admired architect. This Galleria serves as Milan’s own living room with its beautiful and vibrant atmosphere that draws both locals and tourists. It’s also home to some of the celebrity chefs’ eateries, legendary venues like the Camparino bar, and the iconic Bocca art bookstore. Strolling in the Galleria has been part of the local lifestyle where it offers a great venue for lunch and coffee as well as for shopping in its luxury brand stores as it approaches the heart of the city. One reason you don’t wanna miss this place is due to its well-celebrated ancient city ritual: to invoke good luck, spin your heel 3 times around over the bull’s testicles in mosaic (representing the Turin coat of arms) on the floor of the gallery’s splendid central octagon. A highly recommended activity in the city is to stroll on the Gallery roof walkways to witness the wonderful panorama over Piazza del Duomo and the city.

Location: Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Castello Sforzesco

First built in 1368 and rebuilt in 1450, this 70-meter Torre del Filarete became one of the largest fortresses in Europe. The Castello is a home to a series of museums known as Musei del Castello Sforzesco. Michaelangelo’s last masterpiece, Pieta Rondanini, is part of its massive collections. Other museums exhibit a wide range of artworks including prehistoric and Egyptian antiquities, a collection of musical history, and an armory of weapons and medieval armor. There’s also a picture gallery that features paintings of celebrated artists such as Bellini, Correggio, Mantegna, Bergognone, Foppa, Lotto, Tintoretto, and Antonello da Messina among others. While admission to the castle is free, you need to book tickets for the castle museums by phone or buy them on-site.

Location: Piazza Castello, Milan

Pinacoteca di Brera

Known as the Breta Art Gallery. It is found in The Renaissance Palazzo di Brera and is the main public gallery for paintings in Milan which contains one of the foremost Italian paintings. A stroll here will take you to different centuries and art movements. Most of the art found here was from closed and demolished churches. Works of various artists such as  Picasso, Braque, and Modigliani among others are found here including Raphael’s Marriage of the Virgin (Lo Sposalizio), the finest work of his first period, and the most famous picture in the gallery. Make sure not to miss Orto Botanico di Brera, an enchanting garden found in its inner courtyard.

Location: Via Brera 28, Milan

Opera at Teatro alla Scala

Originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Teatro Alla Scala. La Scala Milan is the world-famous home of Italian Opera where Verdi, Puccini, and other great operatic composers performed their first works. It is considered the most demanding in Italy which can cater up to 3,000 people. La Scala’s season traditionally begins on the 7th of December, the feast day of Milan’s patron saint, Saint Ambrose, and continues through May. The best way to secure tickets is through your hotel concierge as tickets are hard to obtain due to increased demand. Although you might still want to check the box office. Another great feature in the building is the Museo Teatrale Alla Scala was a collection of costumes from various performances as well as personal and historical souvenirs of renowned artists that performed at La Scala. Access to the opera house is allowed as long as there are no rehearsals.

Location: Piazza Della Scala, Milan

Sant’ Ambrogio

The church of Sant’ Ambrogio was founded by Milan’s patron saint, St. Ambrose in 386. This masterpiece was built in the 12th century and represents Romanesque architecture. There’s a lot to see here including the golden altar and the atrium. A peculiar sight of St. Ambrogio’s skeleton, preserved in a clear glass case with the third-century martyrs St. Gervasius and Protasius lying beside him. To make the most of your visit, it’s better to go there early before too many visitors arrive. 

Location: Piazza Sant’Ambrogio 15, Milan

Cimitero Monumentale

A huge cemetery that opened in 1866. This architecture showcases an outdoor gallery of artistic tombstones with some designed by famous artists. Some of the tombs found here are of Italy’s most honored and influential people. Explore the place to discover Italian sculptures and appreciate the exhibition of prints, photographs, and maps that run through the historical development of the cemetery. It’s also worth mentioning the Civico Mausoleo Palanti, a memorial built for 800 Milanese killed in Nazi concentration camps.

Location: Piazzale Cimitero Monumentale, Milan

San Maurizio and the Archeology Museum

Also known as the Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. This Renaissance church is known for paintings by Bernardino Luini. With an array of frescoes portraying biblical imagery covering the interior making it the most beautiful in the world as addressed by many.  It was built during the 1500s as the church for a convent of Benedictine nuns. This portion now serves as an archeological museum known as Civico Museo Archeologico (Archeology Museum). The foundation of these adjacent buildings consists of pre-existing Roman remains, with some of the ancient elements incorporated into the new structures. As of today, the building is accessible daily for both art aficionados and church-goers.

Location: Corso Magenta 15, Milan

Naviglio Grande

At 31 miles (49.9 km) long, the Naviglio Grande begins in Tornavento and ends in Darsena di Porta dock in Milan. It serves as both an irrigation and navigation system between the locations, making it one of the first and most prosperous canals in Milan. While one of the top activities in Naviglio is to visit canal side-cafes and music clubs at night, it’s best to browse boutiques, artist’s workshops, and restaurants during the daytime. Several festivals are held here every year including Festa Di Fiori and Festa del Naviglio which happen in April and Sagra di San Cristoforo (Festival of Saint Christopher) in  mid-June. For the music enthusiast, drop by and experience Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi at Auditorium di Milano which performs about 50 concerts on Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Location: Corso San Gottardo, Milan

Santa Maria Presso San Satiro

Another Renaissance church is located at the heart of the city, just southwest of the most famous landmark in Milan, Milan Cathedral. With its relatively small size, a conflict arose during construction. Donato Bramante, a famous architect, resolved this and came up with an architectural feature now referred to as a “trompé-l’œil” or mistake of the eye. He simply painted this optical illusion to the altar wall of the church with limited space to make it appear as if the apse is much bigger than it is. When you step inside, you’ll be surprised that it’s quite huge. So keep your eyes open as you go forward!

Location: Via Torino 9, Milan

Poldi-Pezzoli Museum

An art museum with an old patrician house setting, an epitome of true Italian taste. Originally a private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli and his mother Rosa Trivulzio which showcases various artworks including ceramics, glassware, jewelry, armor, and weaponry in addition to the painting of renowned artists such as Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero Della Francesca, Guardí to name a few. The house itself is an artwork that’s definitely worth seeing. Present your ticket at the nearby Museo Teatrale Alla Scala to view the rooms and buildings at a discounted ticket.

Location: Via Manzoni 12, Milan

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

An interesting place that merits a visit. The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum was once home to two brothers namely Fausto and Giuseppe. The furnishings and decorative arts of the place were the fruit of the brother’s vast collection of paintings, ceramics, tapestries, ivory, and furniture. Most of which they acquired during the last part of the 19th century. This place allows tourists to travel back in time and experience what it’s like to live in the palazzi or private homes of wealthy and famous aristocrats.

Location: Via S Spirito 10, Milan

Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology

Home to more than 15,000 technical and scientific objects that represent the history of Italian science, technology, and industry, this building is the largest museum of science and technology in Italy and definitely one of the most important in Europe and the world. One of its valuable features is the Leonardo Da Vinci Gallery showcasing the working models of many of his inventions and machinery, created from da Vinci’s drawings. Some of the interesting activities this place offers are interactive workshops on energy, materials, communication, transport, energy, and particle physics.

Location: Via San Vittore 21, Milan


Sant’ Eustorgio is one of Milan’s oldest churches. It was built in the 12th and 14th centuries to house the bones of the Three Kings as well as in honor of St. Peter Martyr. It hosts the Portinari Chapel, a masterpiece of Lombard Renaissance. It depicts the interplay between typical Florentine architecture, represented by a small apse and a main square-plan space surmounted by a dome, and Milanese decorative elements.

Location: Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, 1, 20123 Milan

Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery)

This gallery is Italy’s oldest modern art museum. It first opened to the public in 1863 and has gathered multiple collections over time. Today, a wide range of collections sums up to 47,000 artworks ranging from paintings and sculpture to installations and photographic art, as well as a rich collection of drawings and engravings, and one of the largest artist’s film and video collections in Europe. It also served as Napoleon’s residence when he occupied Milan. One of the highlights in this Gallery includes the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale (Museum of Natural History, where the biodiversity of the earth is shown in nearly 100 detailed dioramas. Also, take time to explore the paleontology section, and notice the spectacular pliosaurs hanging from the ceiling.

Location: Via Palestro 16, Milan

History of Milan

Due to its strategic location between important commercial routes and topography that allowed the Romans to defend themselves against the Germanic tribes, the settlement was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC and renamed Mediolanum, which means sanctuary.

The Gauls constructed the first village on the site of Milan around 600 BC, and it later became the capital of a Celtic tribe known as the Insubres. Mediolanum, as it was known at the time of the Roman conquest in 222 BC, was already one of the most powerful cities in the Cisalpine Gaul region. It became a part of the 11th province of Italy under Emperor Augustus and gained increasing prestige and economic strength until it overtook Rome as the second most powerful city in the Western Roman Empire. Following Emperor Diocletian’s split of the empire in the third century AD, it was designated as the emperor’s home and administrative center in the West. It was designated as the seat of the vicar of Italy by Emperor Constantine I the Great.  Attila the Hun destroyed the city in 452, and the Goths destroyed it in 539.


Milan’s history is both fascinating and far too complicated at the same time. Throughout the centuries, Celts, Romans, Goths, Lombards, Spaniards, and Austrians ruled Milan and Lombardy; the region where the city is located. During the centuries that followed, Milan’s internal struggles for dominance continued. The Torriani and Guelphs (pope allies) and anti-Visconti families took control of Milan in the thirteenth century, defeating the Visconti and Ghibellines (supporters of the Holy Roman Emperors).

Frederick, I Barbarossa destroyed the city in 1162. He imposed his dominion on Milan by taking advantage of internal and external conflicts with neighboring provinces. With the support of the Lombard League, the Milanese revolted against the emperor and destroyed Barbarossa in the Battle of Legnano. Following this, in 1183, the Peace of Constance was concluded, and Milan became a duchy with the authority to elect its magistrates, granting it some autonomy.

In 1311, King Henry sold the title of the imperial vicar of Milan to Matteo I Visconti, deposing the Torriani. By 1317, he had risen to the position of lord general of Milan, with influence extending over northern Italy.

From 1799 to 1802, power was restored to Austria until January 1802, when Napoleon became president of the Republic of Italy and was proclaimed king of Italy in Milan in 1805, but this only relates to a portion of northern and eastern Italy as what we all know today.

Milan became one of the most important centers of Italian nationalism from this point forward. The Milanese revolted against Austrian control in 1848, during the “Five-Days” conflict, which lasted from March 18 to 22. Nevertheless, until 1859, Milan remained ruled by the Austrian monarchy.

The Austrians left Milan in the same year, and the city and Lombardy were included in the Kingdom of Sardinia. With the unification of Italy a few years later, Milan became a component of the Kingdom of Italy. The Italian capital was shifted from Rome to Florence and then back to Rome, however, Milan was always considered the country’s financial capital.

Anti-fascist parties in northern Italy formed the Northern Liberation Committee in 1944, and Milan has liberated from German troops in 1945. Milan grew into a successful industrial city with a sizable working class after WWII. Because of the city’s important market location, a strong commercial and financial class, and the comparatively inexpensive labor of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, Milan began the twenty-first century with a vibrant economy that had transformed itself into a postindustrial powerhouse. Milan could rightfully claim to be the world center of fashion, design, finance, business services, and media and publishing after several districts of the city were redeveloped and revitalized.

Milan is currently Italy’s second-largest city, with a population of over 8 million people in the Milan metropolitan region. It is Italy’s principal industrial, financial, and economic hub, as well as Europe’s fashion and design center, alongside Paris.

Best Local Restaurants in Milan

When we talk about Milan, one thing you don’t want to miss is the culinary adventure. The city offers a wide range of delicacies that will surely capture your taste buds. If you want to eat like a local, these are places to seek out!

1. Premiata Trattoria Arlati

If you want to dine somewhere with a rich history of Milan, Premiata Trattoria Arlati is the place to go. Back in the 70s, artists, and musicians gathered in this place. In addition to various delicious local meals, you might find it pleasing to the eyes and ears as well. One of their feature meals includes cured ham from Parma with buffalo mozzarella and a Milanese-style pate with croutons.

Location: Via Alberto Nota, 47, 20126 Milan, Italy

Open: Monday–Friday from noon to 2.15 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Phone: +39 02 643 3327

2. Al Garghet

One of the things that tourists seek in an experience is authenticity and tradition. Here in Al Garghet, you’ll experience just that. Poured with care and attention, the interior of this restaurant is highly sophisticated. During summer, the garden is available for dine offering a different feel and vibe. You can dig into their authentic homemade pasta and desserts. It’s also worth mentioning that their menu changes along with the season to ensure the freshness of the natural ingredients. Also, don’t forget to try their specialty, Milanese breaded veal cutlets (cotoletta).

Location: Via Selvanesco, 36, 20141 Milan, Italy

Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 7.15 pm to 10.15 pm, Sunday from 12.15 pm to 2 pm and 7.15 pm to 10.15 pm

Phone: +39 02 534 698


3. Osteria La Piola

This restaurant offers traditional cuisines and lets you travel back in time with its recipes passed down through generations. Risotto with cross-cut veal shanks (risotto con ossobuco) and pears and gorgonzola (pere e gorgonzola) are a must-try in this place. For the dessert, don’t miss their delicately homemade tiramisu.

Location: Viale Abruzzi, 23, 20129 Milan, Italy

Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7.30 pm to 11.45 pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11.45 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

Osteria Conchetta

Looking for a classic Milanese risotto? Osteria Conchetta got you covered!  Their recipe includes mixing the rice to a creamy consistency and then paired with crunchy onions, making them one of the best places in the city to try risotto. If you’re looking for more, you can try their zabaione made from egg yolks, sugar, sweet wine, and traditional pudding. In addition to the food, enjoy a rustic and refined atmosphere with exposed brickwork and wine bottles that makes the most out of the experience.

Location: Via Conchetta, 8, 20136 Milan, Italy

Open: Daily from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm

Phone: +39 02 837 2917

Trattoria Madonnina

Offering a vintage vibe with its antique-looking exterior, this unique restaurant serves timeless meals including risotto allo zafferano or saffron risotto as well as delights like gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and cutlets. Definitely, a quality eatery!

Location: Via Gentilino, 6, 20136 Milan MI, Italy

Open: Monday–Tuesday from noon to 2.30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday from noon to 2.30 pm and 8 pm to 10.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

Phone: +39 02 8940 9089

El Brellin

Experience Milan’s nightlife in Alzaia Naviglio Grande and spend your evening in El Brellin, a place where tradition meets elegance. Have a feast on their traditional classics like cross-cut veal shank with risotto or cassoeula which is a local highlight prepared with savoy cabbage and mixed with pork cuts. Make the most of your trip to this classic place!

Location: Vicolo dei Lavandai, Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 14, 20144 Milan, Italy

Open: Monday–Thursday from 7.30 pm to 1 am, Friday from 7.30 pm to 2 am, Saturday from 12.30 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 12.30 pm to midnight

Phone: +39 02 5810 1351

El Barbapedana

As the name suggests, El Barbapedana was inspired by the legendary Milanese storyteller who went from osteria to osteria to entertain customers with popular songs and nursery rhymes. With its wooden interior and regional cuisines, this place recreates the atmosphere of that past era. You’ll notice a variety of risottos on the menu. Ranging from classics with sausage and bonarda or douce noir wine to more creative options with berries and taleggio cheese. To top it all off, you can try their rustin negaa, made with veal loin chops browned in butter and pancetta, then slowly cooked in stock on low heat. Don’t forget to pair it with a full-bloodied wine.

Location: Corso Cristoforo Colombo, 7, 20144 Milan, Italy

Open: Monday–Saturday from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays)

Phone: +39 02 832 1732

Antica Trattoria della Pesa

This site was once home to weighbridge for goods in the 19th century, making it one of Milan’s oldest restaurants. Reminisce in their traditional Milanese cuisine with involtini di verza cabbage roll), rognone trifolato kidney cooked in olive oil, parsley and garlic, and folio which is a Milanese style tripe.

Location: Viale Pasubio, 10, 20154 Milan, Italy

Open: Monday–Saturday from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays)

Phone: +39 02 655 5741

Trattoria da Tomaso

For those looking for home-cooked meals, this family-run restaurant is the best place for you! Serving quality dishes at an affordable price, you can experience the old Milan in its flavors and ambiance.

Location: Via Gaetano de Castillia, 20, 20124 Milan MI, Italy

Open: Monday–Friday from noon to 2 pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

Phone: +39 02 668 8023

Osteria dell’Acquabella

This restaurant is a one-stop-shop. Serving not just some local cuisine but flavors from other parts of Lombardy as well. Here you can order osso buco veal stew, cutlets, and risotto with parmesan and saffron, tagliatelle with greens and cubed potatoes, as well as raspadura, a Lodi specialty made by manually flaking grana cheese. Round it off with a slice of sbrisolona or crunchy Mantuan tart.

Location: Via S. Rocco, 11, 20135 Milan, Italy

Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

Phone: +39 02 5830 9653

Traditional Dishes

Minestrone Milanese

Milanese love for rice can’t be denied. In addition to rice cooked in broth, this recipe is an array of a wide range of vegetables such as cabbage, beets, celery, spinach, parsley, tomatoes among others. Obviously, this is what separates Milanese minestrone from others, the use of rice in place of pasta. Best served hot during winter and cold during summer. Truly food for all seasons!


Ossobucco literally means “bone with a hole”. It’s one of the two popular meats in the city. Sorry vegetarians, you might want to skip this one.

Braised in a mixture of onions, carrots, celery, white wine, and broth, the cross-cut veal shank just melts in the mouth. The jelly-like marrow at the center of the bone makes this dish to die for. It’s often paired with risotto alla Milanese or polenta.


Essentially, a pork and cabbage stew, perfectly eaten during winter. Aside from the sausage and cabbage, pig parts like head, feet, ears and the like join the mix. Traditionally served on January 17th, the feast day of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of pigs and butchers.


Also described as cornmeal porridge, this comfort food earned its place not just in Milan but in Italy’s culture. It’s also a famous side dish to meat and stew mains. Cooking Polenta is tricky, it could be too mushy or too stiff as a loaf when cooked poorly. So it’s best to try it in its home country, particularly in Milan.


Trippa alla Milanese (Busecca)

Busecca is a Milanese dialect that means both the word for tripe and the Milanese preparation of tripe. This healthy, comforting soup was popular in Milan as “peasant cuisine” which is why it’s not a usual part of the restaurant’s menu. This staple is made of tripe, beans, a variety of vegetables, broth, and a touch of tomato purée. It’s best consumed during the cold season.


It was named after a small town where it allegedly originated. This blue cheese is made from unskimmed cow’s milk and is produced all over northern Italy, mainly Lombardy and Piedmont. There are two types of Gorgonzola, dolce or the sweet and creamy and piccante or spicy. For all the cheese lovers out there, go ahead and try this out!


A thin, flaky Italian flatbread closely resembling a quesadilla. Piadina is quite popular in Milan with its stuffings such as meats, some odd vegetables, and gooey cheese is best eaten before it hardens. It’s just easy to find as you’ll find this food all over the city.


The second most popular meat in the city in this list. The other one is ossobucco. A breaded veal cutlet fried in butter, the cotoletta alla Milanese can be found almost everywhere in Milan. A cotoletta is the so-called cousin of the schnitzel. It is rich without being overwhelming. There are a lot of versions with regards to preparation, boneless or bone-in, thin and crunchy, or thick and juicy. The choice is yours.


A lot of versions have surfaced about the origins of this dessert. This Christmas fruitcake is a famous delicacy and could be a perfect gift or present during the holiday season. Don’t worry if you can’t come to Milan on Christmas because some pastry shops bake panettone all year round. Be sure to find those shops!


It is one of the most traditional dishes in Milan. It’s no surprise since Milan is located in Po Valley, also known as the rice bowl of Italy and the country is known as the largest producer of rice in Europe. It owes its yellow color to the addition of saffron. Responsible for its creaminess is cheese and bone marrow.

Explore Milan For Free

  • Free access to Museums
    • Since 2014, a few selection of museums are accessible to the public for free. These include the Modern Art Gallery of Milan, the immense Pinacoteca di Brera Library, Milan’s Museum of National History, and the Civic Aquarium on Viale Gadio. On any other day, most of the museums have free access an hour before their closing times which is usually at 5 pm. Others offer free entry after 2 pm on Tuesdays or Fridays.
  • Explore Churches’ Mosaics
    • While it’s easy to get overwhelmed by Milan’s array of top destinations, try not to miss some of Milan’s small churches downtown as they are just lined together among cafés and fashion boutiques. Most are rich in history, culture, and architecture. Importantly, most are completely free to visit. Churches like the basilicas of Sant’Ambrogio and San Simpliciano are some of the most popular places to go. An important reminder, wear appropriate attire or they won’t let you in. The home of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Santa Maria Delle Grazie, is free to access unless you want to go to the refectory since tickets are required to enter.
  • Window shopping at the grand arcades
    • Just near the Duomo cathedral, stroll directly into the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II shopping mall next door. The so-called “world’s oldest mall” is home to world-class luxury brands and high fashion labels like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Prada. You can enjoy a pleasant walk, taking photos under the glass-roofed galleria and its glass dome because it’s free! Also, try to visit it at night and admire its subtle lighting.
  • The Duke Experience
    • Experience the lovely garden grounds lined by pathways that you can freely roam just like a Duke! This remarkable fortress was built by the Duke of Milan in the 15th century. Multiple civic museums with beautiful exhibits , such as an Egyptian museum and a museum of musical instruments will welcome you as you walk inside. Exploring all of it would require around half a day but, if you’re in a hurry or tight on a budget, come to the place at 4.30 pm daily, or after 2 pm every Tuesday as you can access it for free.
  • Feed the ducks at the Park
    • Parco Sempione is a vast green space right behind Sforza Castle. It’s definitely worth the visit if you’re looking for a free and peaceful place away from Milan’s downtown crowds. Enjoy the serenity of quiet garden strolls through connecting pathways in the beautiful grounds. Artificial lakes and fountains, an aquarium, and a library are free to visit and all within the park grounds. At the center of the park is the Torre Branca, a steel tower that offers magnificent cityscapes from the top but it comes with a price. You can enjoy this experience for €5.
  • Nature trip at Brera Botanical
    • Offering a tranquil walk under the leafy shade of ancient trees with flowerbeds and water features, a true contrast from the noisy experience of the city. These botanical gardens are cultivated by Jesuit priests in the 16th century. If you’re looking for rare plants this place is worth the visit. Much of the historical layout of The Orto Botanico di Brera (Brera Botanical Garden) has been preserved. For visitors requiring wheelchair access,  a few recent restorations have made it possible and free for all.
  • Stroll down the Navigli Canals
    • One of the most pleasant urban walks you’ll ever experience in Milan is through the eccentric Navigli neighborhood. An especially perfect spot for you and your loved one to spend the evening along a long line of cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops. The Navigli has a rich history, having to transport goods for years. In this place, there are passenger boats carrying visitors on sightseeing trips. The Naviglio Pavese is slightly more urban, although equally splendid at night.
  • Admire the regal halls at Palazzo Reale
    • Stop by Milan’s royal palace located southwest of the Duomo cathedral, on the other side of the plaza from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. While some exhibition spaces require tickets to access, this palace which houses the Museo Della Reggia (Museum of the Palace), which is free to roam. A tour inside helps you learn about the palace’s architectural changes throughout history. Admire the palace’s beautiful halls, a trip that takes you through the different times in the past.
  • Admire wonderful tombs at Cimitero Monumentale
    • The impressive architectural features, massive mausoleums, and beautiful sculptures are home to the world’s most epic tombs in Milan giving you a museum kind of vibe. Some of Italy’s most honored figures are buried within this gravesite. As you explore this 25-hectare cemetery you’ll notice that every tomb is unique. One of the most notable tombs is the Bernocchi family’s outstanding white tower near the center, with its intricate sculptures depicting the life and death of Christ.
  • Experience contemporary art at Pirelli HangarBicocca
    • With just a half-hour drive north from the Duomo, you can reach Pirelli HangarBiocca and enjoy free admission into a world of contemporary art. Explore its magnificent art installation with different sections of the art space exhibit varying mood lighting features, enhancing further the presentation of the artworks on display.


When you plan to visit Milan, make sure to do your research with regards to the climate, plug types, currency, and transportation. Take note of these essentials to have a smooth vacation.

  • Best time to Travel (Weather-wise)
    • With its Mediterranean climate, Milan has cold and wetter winters and hot and dry summers. 
    • Average temperatures range from 0ºC in winter to 26ºC in summer.
    • On an annual average, Milan has 7 rainy days per month. 
    • April, May, and October are the rainiest months. Snowfall is expected during winter.
    • July and September are the sunniest months. 
    • Summer is the peak tourist season, from June to August. Expect hotel and flight prices to rise during this time.
    • May and September are the best times to visit, the weather is warm and hotel and flight prices are more affordable than during summer.
  • Milan Basics
    • Primary language: Italian
    • Plug types: C, F, and L
    • Electricity: 230 V
    • Currency: Euro (€)
    • International dialling code: +39 02
    • Emergency telephone number: 112
  • Milan Airports/Railway Station
  • Milan-Malpensa International Airport
    • Milan-Malpensa Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Northern Italy with 2 terminals and 2 runways. Located just 49 km northwest of the city center. Several transfer options are available to reach central Milan:
    • A taxi takes around 50 minutes to reach the city center and costs roughly €90. Taxi ranks can be found outside the arrivals hall, at the Exit Gate 6 of Terminal 1 and at the Exit Gate 4 of Terminal 2.
    • A train takes 60 minutes and costs €13. The train station is at the underground level of Terminal 1.
    • A shuttle bus takes around 50 minutes and costs €8. The bus stop is outside the arrival hall, at Exit Gate 3 of Terminal 1 and Exit Gate 7 of Terminal 2. It’s the cheapest way to get to central Milan from Malpensa Airport.
    • Car rental agencies can be found in the arrivals hall of each Terminal.
  • Milan/Bergamo Airport
    • Another one of the busiest airports in northern Italy. Located just about 45 km northwest of Milan. Several transfer options are available to reach central Milan:
    • A taxi takes around 50 minutes and costs roughly €85. Taxi ranks can be found directly outside the arrivals hall.
    • A train takes around 80 minutes and costs €7. You need to catch a bus to get to the train station located in Bergamo, 3.5 km from the airport.
    • A bus takes around 60 minutes and costs around €5. The bus stop can be found outside the arrival hall. It’s the cheapest way to get to central Milan from Bergamo Airport.
    • Car rental car agencies can be found in the arrivals hall.
  • Linate Airport
    • Linate mostly handles European and domestic flights in a 3-story terminal making it the third and smallest international airport in Milan. It sits only 7 km southeast of the city center. There are several transfer options to reach central Milan:
    • A taxi takes around 40 minutes and costs roughly €15. Taxi ranks can be found directly outside the arrivals hall at Exit Gate 5.
    • A bus takes around 30 minutes and costs around €1.50. Bus parking can be found outside the arrival hall at Exit Gate 6. It’s the cheapest way to get to central Milan from Linate Airport.-
    • Car rental agencies can be found in the arrival hall.
  • Milan Central Railway Station
    • Just northeast of the city center, you’ll find the Milan Central Railway Station. This building features classic and modern architectural elements. The transfer options available from here include Metro, bus, and taxi.
  • Tickets
    • A single ticket costs €1.50 and is valid for 90 minutes.
    • A 1-day pass costs €4.50.
    • A 1-week pass costs €11.30.
    • Tickets and passes can be purchased in metro stations, newsstands, tobacco shops, or via the ATM Milan app.
    • You can also buy a 24-, 48- or 72-hour MilanoCard which includes all public transportation, an audioguide, and free or discounted entry to over 500 attractions. The MilanoCard can be purchased online.
  • Transport Options
    • Bus
      • A multitude of bus and trolley bus lines are available to cover the city.
      • Don’t’ forget to stamp your ticket when getting on the bus as controls are frequent.
      • You can access night bus services on 15 routes from 12 am to 6 am, covering many popular tourist areas.
    • Tram
      • It operates from 4.30am to 2.30am.
      • The Milan Tram network is extensive and offers one of the fastest ways to get around the city.
      • Don’t forget to stamp your ticket when getting on the tram as controls are frequent.
    • Milan Metro
      • It operates from 6 am to 12 am.
      • The Milan Metro is the longest in Italy.
      • Line M3 is the most popular with tourists as it stops by attractive spots such as the Duomo, Milan Centrale and Via Montenapoleone (a popular shoIt operates from 6 am to 12 am.)
  • Taxi
    • Go to the nearest taxi rank or call Radio Taxi (02 7777) to book one, as it’s difficult to get a taxi on the street.
    • The starting rate is €3.20 during the day, then €1.09 per kilometer and €0.47 per minute of waiting time (red light, traffic jam). After the first 8 km, the price per kilometer becomes €1.50. 
    • Most cabs accept the payment of the fare by credit card, but to be sure, it’s better to ask the driver before getting in the car.
    • An additional tip, double-check if the driver starts the meter.
    • Uber, MyTaxi, and it Taxi are just a few of the taxi apps you can use in Milan.
  • BikeMI
    • Milan’s bike-sharing system. It features traditional and electric bikes. You can register through an app, online, or at an ATM. 
    • The bike-sharing service runs from 7am to 1am.
    • The first 30 minutes are free, then it’s €0.50 every 30 minutes.


  • Feast of Saint Ambrose
    • Saint Ambrose is Milan’s city patron. The Feast of Saint Ambrose is celebrated every December 7th. Look around the church of Saint Ambrose and notice the market of crafts and typical products known as Oh Bej!, a scream that children gave as a sign of joy. This feast coincides with the inauguration of the Teatro Alla Scala’s show season.
  • Ambrosian Carnival
    • The Ambrosian Carnival or Milan’s Carnival is one of Milan’s most well-celebrated events. During this festival, the city comes alive with color and vibrant. A special costume called Meneghino is worn during this special event. It consists of a red jacket, green pants, red and white striped socks, and a tricorne to honor the protagonist of a Milanese tale.
    • It’s celebrated the weekend after the Carnival is celebrated around the globe. The reason is based on a legend that tells Bishop Saint Ambrose arrived late from a trip for the celebration of the beginning of Lent and the city waited for him. Since then, in Milan, Ash Wednesday is celebrated the following Sunday.
  • Tredesin de Mars
    • Celebrated on March 13th in Milan to welcome the good weather. The tradition is based on a legend that tells that Saint Barnaba arrived at the city on March 13th and, because of his arrival, all the pagan temples collapsed and thousands of flowers blossomed in the city. Traditionally, a candy and flowers fair is held this day between Porta Romana and Porta Vigentina, along with a religious procession.
  • The Fair of the Flowers
    • As the name suggests, this festival of Milan allows Milanese florists to expose their creations made with thousands of various flowers in the Naviglio GrandeMilan’s Fair of the Flowers is one of the city’s prettiest and most romantic parties. It’s celebrated in April and lasts only one day. During the day, the streets of the canal transform into huge gardens. Definitely worth watching.
  • Fashion Week
    • Milan’s Fashion Week is one of the most famous and most anticipated events worldwide. Happens during February, world’s most prestigious brands and designers gather to transform the city into a runway.
  • Liberation Day
    • Celebrated on the 25th of April in Milan, the party of Liberation marks the end of Nazism and the beginning of the new Italy. Each city has its different versions of celebrating it. During this time, it’s normal to see Italia’s flag waving in the windows and balconies of the city.
  • Republic Party
    • Celebrated during the 2nd of June, the republic party is a commemoration of Italy’s conversion to the republic after a period of fascism. It is one of the most important celebrations in the country and is celebrated all over, even though it is in Rome where the military parade is held.

Milan, Italy’s Fashion Capital

Milan is a city located in the northern regions of Italy, and the capital of the Lombardy region. The city is known for being one of the world’s fashion capitals. Its fashion district produced some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Valentino, Gucci, Prada, Versace, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana. Having some of the world’s best luxury brands came with because of a city that exudes rich artistic culture and aesthetics.

Milan is also a city where tourists flock to visit due to the aforementioned culture and also its abundant heritage. Being in Italy where Roman Catholicism which for the longest time, the location of the church’s headquarters before Vatican City gained independence, the city is also filled with historic cathedrals, basilicas, and churches.

A fantastic destination choice due to the vast selection of landmarks and attractions. It is perfect not only for couples but also for the entire family. Walkthrough the city’s history and bask in its prestige. The perfect romantic getaway for everyone.

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Milan is the capital city of the Lombardy region and is considered one of the global capitals of fashion. The city is in its full glory during February and September due to the highly popular and well-visited Milan Fashion Week, it’s a week where the city is fully dressed – paparazzi roam around the city taking photos of celebrities and well-dressed people. You will see a lot of celebrities, fashion content creators, fashion journalists doing photoshoots and doing interviews in the streets or just resting in the number of cafes and restaurants around the city.

The city is also known for its rich heritage, there is a vast selection of historical landmarks, museums, and churches as it was founded back in the year 600 BC. The city is one of the most popular and important cities in Italy due to its legacy and it is also the second most populated city.

Milan is also known for its excellent cuisine and culinary culture. The city is the fifth most starred city in the whole world based on the Michelin Guide. With that being said, you can guarantee that your stay in Milan will be luxurious.

Just like most cities in Italy, Milan is best toured by walking. To perfectly experience the wonderful streets of Milan and to expose oneself to their culture and tradition. Wear your best clothes and stroll through the famous streets of Milan with a dose of adventure and curiosity will surely be one of your most memorable vacations and that is a guarantee.

Time in Milan

The best months to go in Milan would be February – October due to the perfect weather. Average rainfall and temperatures within these months are perfect and also because the Milan Fashion Week will be on either February or March for the fall/winter collection and September/October for the spring/summer collection.

Milan is a tourist-heavy city, it is best to get a guided tour to make sure that you will be accommodated at the attractions you’re planning to go to. It is best to plan months so that you can guarantee a place to stay when you arrive, and places to go to once you get to arrive.

Like what we always advice to our travelers is to plan so that you will have time to compare prices for hotels, restaurants, tours, etc. Perfectly plan your itinerary by listing every possible location or attraction you want to go, restaurants you want to dine to, cafes you want to try their coffee, and most importantly, how to get around the city. Research about their prices, inclusions, promotions, plan a route to go to, and customize your trip according to your preferences. It will guarantee you the best and the most memorable vacation you ever dreamt of.

Facts about Milan

  • Milan is the second most populated city in Italy with 3 million people residing in it.
  • The city was founded back in the year 600 BC by a Celtic civilization called the Insubres. Just like its predecessors, the city was known for its wealth and culture.
  • The fifth city in the world where there are a lot of Michelin-starred restaurants buy the Michelin Guide.
  • Malpensa which is the biggest airport in Milan holds second place in the busiest airports in Italy where it serves roughly 26 million travelers every year.
  • Duomo di Milano which is also known as the Milan Cathedral is the third largest catholic church in the continent of Europe. It has an interior size of 11,700 m² or 125,937 square miles. The Milan Cathedral is the biggest church in Italy and the fifth-biggest in the whole world.
  • Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, a major museum in Milan, stores the majority of Leonardo da Vinci. The museum also hosts the largest permanent exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci and his works.
  • Public transportation is one of Milan’s finest investments as its tram network is one of the most developed tram systems in the world. Their tram system only has 4 lines but the whole networks span over 181 kilometers which makes it one of the biggest in the world.
  • Just like any other major European city, Milan is also big in football and they have two popular football clubs which are Inter Milan and AC Milan. These two powerhouses are frequently in the top rankings of their home league, Serie A.
  • Opera is a staple in Italian culture and just like most cities, they have opera houses that promote local opera artists. Teatro Alla Scala is one of the leading Opera houses in the world and many of the best opera singers in the world dream of performing in.
  • Not only in Venice you are going to see canals, but Milan has them too and you can go on a boat tour in Milan’s canals.


Cultural Experience

Milan, Italy’s financial, fashion, and industrial capital, is sometimes ignored for its outstanding beauty attractions. Despite first perceptions, this city offers a diverse range of cultural events to attract visitors. Exploring the Milanese cultural landscape with this two-day tour is as entertaining as it is educational, featuring centuries-old religious landmarks alongside inventive contemporary art organizations.

  • Museum 
    • The Italian Design Museum
    • Ambrosiana Museum, Portrait of a Musician
  • Festival 
    • Milan Fashion Week
    • Carnevale Ambrosiano
    • Fiori e Sapori sul Naviglio Grande
    • Villa Arconati
    • Milan Film Festival
  • Painting
    • Cenacolo Vinciano – Leonardo’s Last Supper
    • Marriage of the Virgin, Pinacoteca di Brera
    • Pellizza da Volpedo, Fourth Estate, Museo del Novecento
  • Theater 
    • Teatro alla Scala
  • Concert
    • Santeria Paladini 8
    • Spirit De Milan