Top Tours & Activities in Milan
Milan boasts one of the most cosmopolitan cultures in Italy - its rich artistic history laid the foundations upon which fashion and design could flourish. Here are some of the city's highlights, whether you're looking for art, history, or simply want to go home looking a little more stylish!
We'd forgive you for thinking this church's appeal lay in its clash of Gothic and Renaissance styles, but it also just happens to be the home of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Last Supper!
Fun fact: Da Vinci's genius may have been indisputable, but he lacked experience painting frescoes. The work began to deteriorate soon after completion, so go see it before it's too late!
Also simply known as La Scala, Milan's opera house has played host to some of the greatest singers and musicians of the past 250 years. Its world-beating reputation remains intact today!
Few of the city's other historic attractions are considered as high a credit card risk as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – one of the world's oldest and best shopping malls!
Italy's largest church looms over Milan's main square, heavily adorned with ominous sculptures right up to the gilded bronze "Madonnina" on top of its main spire.
The Sforza Castle was one of the largest in Europe. Today it's home to important museums such as the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Musical Instruments.
Stretching over 17,000 square meters, Milan's duomo square has room not only for the city's vast cathedral, but many other top attractions, like the Royal Palace.
Milan's Brera Picture Gallery boasts some of Italy's most significant paintings, with works by Raphael, Titian, and Caravaggio on display.
Tour the grounds of AC Milan's famous San Siro stadium, which has hosted not only some of soccer's defining moments, but also musical greats from Bob Marley to Bob Dylan!
The historic Navigli district takes its name from the ancient canals that once connected the city. It's also home to some of the best restaurants for traditional Milanese cuisine!
Milan is a year-round destination that doesn't really deal with peak seasons. Instead, it offers a wealth of events and exhibitions, so check the programs at its theaters and museums before you book your trip. If you're interested in Fashion Week, you have two to choose from! The autumn/winter collections are flaunted in February and March, and spring/summer in September and October.
You could see most of Milan's key places of interest within a couple of days, but consider a long weekend if you want to shop or mellow out a little longer in its dynamic culture.
Driving in Milan can be a hair-raising experience! Fortunately it has an incredibly easy-to-use public transportation network. Tickets for its metro, bus, and tram routes must be bought prior to boarding. They must then be validated at the metro turnstiles or red boxes on board the buses and trams. The city also has a bike sharing scheme in place. More information can be found at bikemi.com.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitSpring or summer
Things to Do in Milan
Top Attractions in Milan
- 1Last Supper
- 2Santa Maria delle Grazie
- 3Milan Cathedral
- 4Teatro alla Scala
- 5Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
- 6Duomo Square
- 7Duomo Museum
- 8Piazza Mercanti
- 9Piazza Della Scala
- 10Sforza Castle
- 11Brera District
- 12Via Dante
- 13Scala Theater Museum
- 14San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
- 15Santa Maria presso San Satiro
- 16Parco Sempione
- 17San Siro Stadium
- 18La Triennale di Milano
- 19Palazzo Lombardia
- 20Porta Venezia
Other Sightseeing Options in Milan
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What People Are Saying About Milan
As inexpensive as the tour is the tour was worth every dollar! The tour guide was excellent! You skip the lengthy "normal" security line and go through a separate entrace plus get an elevator ride vs walking up 250 stairs. Perfect time in the fall to go was the 15:00 tour as it provided excellent views of the sunset. I would highly recommend this tour. Just be sure to get your lift tickets at the meet point desk office prior to meeting your tour guide. Enjoy :)
I thoroughly enjoyed this Milan tour with our excellent guide Donatella. She gave us all the beautiful details from DaVinvi's Last Supper painting to the city's wonderful highlights with such enthusiasm that I couldn't help but listen. She was also open to questions and happily answered them. I fully recommend this tour.
We really enjoyed our tour. It was as promised and more. Our guide was very entertaining and friendly, she spoke perfect English. I would definitely recommend this tour
Donatella is the best tour guide we have ever had. Her passion for Milan, her in depth knowledge and great sense of humour made the trip a wonderful experience. Thank you
We joined Donatella, our guide, outside Santa Maria della Grazie, at 2:45pm to start our tour with a view of Leonardo's Last Supper. This was the highlight. Not only is this one of the greatest works of art in the world, but Donatella's knowledge was excellent as one would expect of a graduate in History of Art. We then visited Santa Maria itself before being taken on a walking tour which included the castle, duomo and La Scala. All the time, Donatella was constantly imparting her knowledge of the city, the monuments, the history, everything. She was responsive to questions and by the end, she was not just our guide, but our friend. So a super tour for which, many thanks.