What is it about Milan? Is it the soaring gothic cathedral? The furiously fashionable arcades? Maybe it’s the fast-paced lifestyles of its inhabitants? Whatever it is; it’s awesome and you’re sure to remember it. Wander the ancient streets searching for the most expensive handbag, gorge on nibbles that come free with your delicious wine, or appreciate art more valuable than a solid gold Ferrari. And if you figure out what makes Milan so special: please let us know.
- The Duomo
- Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ (need to book in advance)
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the fanciest and most beautiful old shopping mall you’ll ever see
1. Castello Sforzesco
The Sforzesco family ruled the area of Milan and Lombardy for centuries and Castello Sforzesco is where they ruled. The old castle houses different art and history collections such as Milano art, Egyptian art and musical instruments. Surrounding the castle are the gardens which are lovely to wander, relax and see the sights such as the free aquarium, the civic arena and the Arco della Pace
2. Piazza del Duomo
Located in the city centre, this main square features some of the most well-known sites in Milan, such as the Duomo (cathedral), Royal Palace and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Head into the Duomo for free (just make sure to cover up those shoulders and knees as requested in a religious site in Italy), stroll down the Galleria and check out all the high end fashion brands or simply just sit back and admire all the grand architecture from the square.
3. Museo Nationale Della Scienza e Della Technologia
Housed in an old monastery named after Leonardo Da Vinci, this is the largest science and technology museum in Italy. Since he mastered art, science and technology, of course you’ll find some of Leonardo’s works inside, but they also have a huge collection of machinery and exhibits displaying all of the country’s advancements in technology and science.
4. San Siro Stadium
If you’re a fan of football then you’ll want to head down to the San Siro Stadium and check out the grounds that some of Italy’s biggest teams call home. You can go on a guided tour of the stadium, check out the museum or if you’re really lucky while you’re in town – witness a match between AC Milan and Inter Milan.
5. Santa Maria delle Grazie
The Santa Maria delle Grazie isn’t the most well-known church in Italy, but the fresco that’s inside of the building certainly is. The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most important pieces of artwork in history. Just to get a glimpse of the fresco you have to book a tour. Doing this online can be booked out for months in advance, but if you’re lucky you can show up at the door and ask for any cancellations and get in the same day.
1. Luini Panzerotti
This is a very popular place at lunchtime for takeaways as the panzerotti is to die for. They also serve other lunch time treats such as pastries, ciabatta and paninis. Very affordable and quick service!
2. Trattoria Madonnina
In the south of Milan it is worth the trip to this beautiful traditional restaurant. You’ll feel like you are in nonna’s house being served a traditional home cooked meal. This historical trattoria will ensure you will eat well for an affordable price.
3. Il Doge di Amalfi
A popular little pizzeria serving what is rumored to be the best Neapolitan pizza in Milan.
4. Piccola Ischia
Named after an island near Naples, Piccola Ischia serves up wood fired pizza just like they do in the south. The mind boggling menu has over 50 different types of pizza you can choose from, but nothing can beat a margherita and a beer. For something different try the stuffed zucchini flowers!
5. Gelateria Della Musica
If you’re craving some gelato whilst in Italy, then Gelateria Della Musica is one of many great places to try in town. The shop has over 30 yummy flavours made from fresh seasonal fruits and handmade chocolate.
Housed in an old industrial building, Alcatraz has live music during the week and on the weekends it is converted into a three room dance club with a combination of music from classic oldies and pop house to reggae and hip hop.
2. Mag café Cocktail Bar
Located in a trendy part of town, Mag has a quirky 90’s feel to it. This is the perfect place to sip on a cocktail and watch the world go by alongside the old canal.
3. 11 Clubroom
A sophisticated modern club where you’ll be dancing with chandeliers dangling above your head whilst listening to the last hits.
4. La Banque
A popular student hangout housed in former bank, located in the heart of town near the Duomo.
5. Magazzini Generali
The former abandoned warehouse is a huge venue that is used for live concerts half of the week and a clubbing hotspot for the other half of the week. The venue has a rough interior and the ability to hold up to 1000 people inside.
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Walking around the roof of the Duomo was incredible."