Today we wanted to share with you a fabulous list of places to see and things to do in Milan!
In addition to visiting the Duomo and going on a shopping spree, there are plenty of hidden corners to discover and a wide variety of cultural activities to do…
Follow us around Milan as we discover the most unexpected and memorable sites that the city has to offer… Here are 25 great things you can do in the famous fashion capital: Milan!
1. See Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”.
Last Supper is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It is located in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Don’t forget to book your visit in advance!
2. Discover the romantic district of Navigli.
Navigli district is a spectacular and lively location best visited at night. There are a lot of restaurants, cafes, galleries, and shops. Before stopping for dinner, go for a walk along the canals and admire the reflection of the houses on the water.
3. Visit Vicolo dei Lavandai.
When walking around Navigli area, stop to visit Vicolo dei Lavandai, a charming little street where the women of Milan used to go to wash their clothes up until the 1950’s. The name means “Street of the Washers”.
4. Admire Milan’s Duomo.
Did you know that The Duomo is the largest Gothic Church in the world? You cannot leave Milan without seeing the Duomo, the city’s imposing cathedral. The view from the roof is quite spectacular!
5. Go to a Milan’s Happy Hour!
Happy hour is a true Milanese tradition. Young locals use it as an excuse to meet up after work and eat together. Don’t be afraid to imitate them!
6. Stop and appreciate the beautiful columns in front of the Basilica di San Lorenzo.
Basilica di San Lorenzo is the oldest church in Milan. These columns are made of marble and date to the Antonine age.
7. Walk in Porta Garibaldi.
Take a walk at a spectacular district filled with skyscrapers and futuristic structures. Don’t forget to bring the camera!
8. Spend a couple of hours at the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Pinacoteca di Brera is the main public gallery of Milan, where you can see remarkable works of art and famous Italian paintings such as “The Kiss” by Francesco Hayez. It is located in Palazzo Brera and it hosts the works of arts that were conquered by the French armies. If you are in Milan on the first Sunday of the month, the entrance is free.
9. Go shopping at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
This Milanese Galleria, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world, is a beautiful space where many locals like to spend their free time. It’s a great place for eating, drinking, shopping or just hanging out. We recommend to pay attention to the four mosaics in the center of the mall.
10. Taste a cappuccino at a café near Piazza Mercanti.
Piazza Mercanti is an important square in the center of Milan. It has maintained the medieval architecture and you can’t miss the antique waterhole in the plaza.
11. Tour around the San Siro Stadium.
Even if you’re not a fan of Inter Milan, but you love football, taking a tour of the San Siro Stadium can be quite spectacular as it’s the largest stadium in Italy. If you are able to watch a game, you can experience the vivacious atmosphere of the stadium that has a capacity for 80,000 persons.
12. You must try a slice of Panettone in Milan.
Panettone is the typical Milanese dessert. Have you noticed its domed shape? This dessert is a mix of a cake and bread. Despite being more popular at Christmas, in Pasticceria Marchesi it’s served all year round.
13. Relax and enjoy a picnic near the Arch of Peace.
You can find this Arc in the Sempione Park. It is 25 meters high. The Arch of Peace, as its name states, was built to celebrate peace and is made of marble and granite.
14. Visit the Sacred Heart University.
The university was built within the walls of the St. Ambrose Abbey. While there, go for a walk around the Giardino delle Vergini.
15. Wander around the stalls of the Fiera di Senigallia.
Saturdays and Sundays are for wandering around the stalls of the Fiera di Senigallia, a popular flea market where you can find all sorts of trinkets. It is one of the oldest flea markets in Milan.
16. Visit the Church of San Satiro.
Notice how the painting behind the altar makes the space seem bigger than it actually is. Take a look at the columns and frescoes.
17. Watch the famous film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Cinema Mexico.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical horror comedy film. It is a classic!
18. Go for a walk around the Monumental Cemetery.
Because of its high number of artistic tombs, locals often call it an “open air museum”. It is the most famous cemetery in Milan.
19. Explore Milan’s contemporary art museum.
Enjoy innovative exhibitions, and participate in conferences and art events at Triennale, Milan’s contemporary art museum. Milan is full of art!
20. Stroll down Via Monte Napoleone.
Elegance, extravagance and luxury! Walk Via Monte Napoleone, a shopping street, if you wish to see some of the city’s most fashionable high-end boutiques and stores. This street is one of the most important streets of the Milan fashion district.
21. Try the famous “Schnitzel“.
This is a popular traditional dish that can be found in both the Milan and Viennese cuisines as the Austrians exchanged their dishes when they were ruling Northern Italy.
22. Head over to Piazza Affari.
It’s a beautiful square that also happens to be the headquarters of the Milan Stock Exchange. Here you will also find Cattelan’s famous marble sculpture “The Middle Finger“. The proper name of the figure is LOVE, meaning Libertà, Odio, Vendetta, Eternità (Italian for: Freedom, Hate, Vengeance, Eternity).
23. Hit Milan Design Week.
If you travel to Milan in April, don’t miss the Milan Design Week. 7 days of extravagant events, most of which are free. Don’t miss them!
24. Organize a party on one of Milan’s orange emblematic trams!
The tram network in Milan is quite extensive, so it is easy to get around the city. You can organize a party in these historic trams.
25. Plan a day trip to Lake Como.
If you have time, this day trip is a good idea. It’s situated 1 hour from Milan. Discover the city of Como, take a boat trip on the lake, and admire the villas and its gardens. You will not be disappointed!