Must-See Things in Milan
Although Milan is one of Italy’s cities less frequented by tourists, this vibrant city has so much to offer. History buffs are sure to fall in love with the unique museums and art galleries. The spectacular Duomo and 15th-century buildings are all architecture lovers dream. Fashionistas will rejoice at the amazing Italian designers littering the exclusive streets of Milan, and seasoned travellers will love soaking up the true feeling of Italy. If you only have a weekend to spend in this magnificent city, or if you’re having a long layover before continuing on your journey, here are the must-see things in Milan.
Start your day with one of the most fantastic views of the city from the iconic Duomo di Milano. With its extravagant stained-glass windows, magnificent colourful tiles and imposing stone pillars, the Duomo di Milano is one of the most spectacular structures in all of Milan. Admire the wonderful treasures that fill the inside of this breathtaking church, and then climb the 150 steps to the roof, and enjoy the spectacular vistas. Not only will you get a sneak peek at the glistening snow-capped Alps, but you’ll be able to enjoy a close-up view of the world-famous gilded copper ‘Madonnina’. If you don’t have time to waste waiting in long queues, then book your tickets withWelcome.
Possibly the most important thing to see while in Milan is Leonardo Da Vinci’s infamous, ‘The Last Supper’. Featured in countless movies, series, art collections and magazines, even if you aren’t a bonafide art lover, you will be blown away by this masterpiece. This impressive piece of art is over 29 feet long and is painted directly onto the wall in the grand dining hall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Pre-purchased your tickets as soon as you know you’ll be in Milan, though, as these sell out fast and in advance.
This iconic red-brick castle was originally built in the 15th century on the remains of a 14th century Visconti fortress. However, in the late 16th century, this dominating fortress was heavily renovated and enlarged, making it one of the largest citadels in all of Europe. Today, you can enjoy the architectural history of the Castello Sforzesco and stroll around the beautiful castle gardens. The castle is also home to several of Milan’s most impressive museums and art collections, so there’s no end to the historical wonders available in the Castello Sforzesco.
No day in Milan would be complete without a quick shopping tour. There are many amazing areas to get the latest Italian fashion, but none quite so luxurious or exclusive as the Via Monte Napoleone. This is absolutely the place to celebrity spot, window shop the hyper-expensive Italian designer brands and maybe even spot an impromptu fashion show. Whether you’ve got a big budget to blow, or you just enjoy being surrounded by the finer things in life, this street is a fashionista’s dream.
It’s not only Venice that has stunning, romantic waterways, but Milan also has some watery magic of its own. Designed partly by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Navigli canals used to stretch across the entire city. Nowadays, the canals are confined to the South of the city, a welcomed alternative to the bustle of the rest of Milan. After exploring all of the historical, architectural and cultural highlights Milan has to offer, wrap up your perfect day in the charming Navigli District. This cute little area is filled with quaint cafes, vintage boutiques, art galleries and traditional Italian restaurants. If you’re planning your day in Milan on the last Sunday of the month, then be sure to also check out the popular antique market held on the Naviglio Grande.