Magnificent works of art, the unique atmosphere of Milan’s streets, exquisite Italian cuisine and Milanese museums have been attracting travelers for centuries.
And what else on the advice of local residents should be done in the fashion capital?
In addition to visiting the famous Duomo, as well as crazy shopping, there are many interesting places in Milan. After interviewing the locals, I share with you a list of places and activities that are worth doing and seeing to feel like a real milanese.
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What to see in Milan. 20 ideas on how to spend time:
1) Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” (“Il Cenacolo”) in Santa Maria delle Grazie.
This is one of the most popular places to visit among tourists. Don’t forget to book your visit online long before your visit to Milan (sometimes a couple of months in advance).
It is impossible to complete the sightseeing tour of Milan without visiting one of the most picturesque and romantic areas of the city – Navigli. Take a walk at sunrise, admiring the reflection of the houses in the canal before getting lost in the many bars and restaurants. Many tourists after viewing the main square of Duomo and Castello Sforzesco do not reach the most attractive place for walks, where you can truly feel the Italian spirit.
3) The majestic Duomo and a panorama of the entire city
Of course, it is impossible to leave Milan without visiting the main Duomo Cathedral. On a sunny day, be sure to climb up on the roof of the cathedral to admire the incredible panorama of the entire city through the magnificent spires.
The tradition of Italians gathering for a glass of liquor and a small snack appeared very long ago. Now it’s a very convenient pastime, because in the “Happy Hour” you can have a glass of something stronger and enjoy a variety of snacks in the form of nuts, olives, traditional crackers, fruits, various types of cheese and pizza.
A buffet of snacks allows you to choose anything you want for only 6-8 euros. All you need to do is order an alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail or a glass of wine and you can eat as much as you want. Happy hour” hours start at 18.00 and end at 20.00/21.00, depending on the establishment.
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5) Le Colonne di San Lorenzo
Le Colonne di San Lorenzo opposite the stunning basilica is a real corner of ancient Rome. This place is a popular meeting place for Milanese youth and in summer it is one of the most popular nightlife centers.
6) Visit the skyscrapers of Milan and the new City Centre of Milan
To see the Milan skyscrapers in the Garibaldi area. Now Porta Nuova is the new City Centre of Milan, a must-visit area for every tourist.
7) See the masterpieces of Italian painting from the 14th to 20th century in the famous art gallery La Pinacoteca di Brera.
In the gallery you can admire the frescoes of Bramante and Luini, paintings by Trecento and Quatrocento, paintings by Seicento and Settecento.
8) Visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and make a wish.
Under the central dome of the Gallery, the Turin coat of arms attracts thousands of tourists every day. It is believed that if you turn three times on the testicles of the bull depicted on the coat of arms of Turin, your desire will come true.
9) Visit San Siro Stadium
Football fans should visit the Stadio di San Siro to see cups, medals, awards, flags and other unique memorabilia.
10) Try Panettone-a traditional Milanese Christmas pie
Despite the fact that the panetton is a Christmas treat, it is served at Pasticceria Marchesi all year round.
11) Rest in Parco Sempione and see the Arco della Pace World Arch.
12) In the last Sunday of the month to look at the antique market and buy vintage things.
13) Optical illusion in the church of Chiesa di San Satiro
Visit the church of Chiesa di San Satiro and appreciate the optical illusion of the image behind the altar, which makes the church seem much deeper and more spacious.
14) Visit the museum of art la Triennale
In addition to the Design Museum itself, it houses the Gallery of the Triennale, a temporary exhibition covering the widest range of contemporary art and design.
15) Walk along the most expensive shopping street of Via Monte Napoleone
Enticing shop windows are decorated with the latest fashion.
16) Try the famous “Cotoletta alla milanese”
It’s impossible to go to Milan without trying “Cotlett in Milanese”. This is one of the most favorite Italian dishes in Milan, a real Must Have Milanese cuisine. Let the harmony with the Russian cutlet not confuse you, the Milanese cutlet has nothing to do with traditional cutlets. Cotoletta is a chop or veal loin schnitzel with bone in breadcrumbs.
17) Every April the famous Fuorisalone event “Milano Design Week” takes place in Milan
Fuorisalone is one of the main and significant Italian events in the world of design and furniture industry. Designer exhibitions, various shows and meetings, performances on interior decoration, showrooms, multimedia installations, conferences, master classes, architectural design exhibitions, free concerts and parties are organized throughout the week.
18) Try Panzerotti Luini of Milan at the Duomo
It is easy to find out about the armorottery in a huge turn at the entrance, however, do not be afraid, the queue is moving very quickly, some 10 minutes and you are already in the realm of the legendary armorotti. Every real Milanese has defended this giant queue for once in his life to try the roasted pie and stuffing.
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19) Climbing Torre Branca – The Eiffel Tower of Milan
Today, at the top of the tower is the observation deck from which you can see the city of Milan and its main attractions: l’Arco della Pace, Castello Sforzesco and Duomo.
The 108.6-metre high metal tower is called the “Eiffel Tower of Milan”, from which an incredible panorama of the city really opens up, and on clear, cloudless days one can even see the mountains of the Alps.
More: What to see in Milan. Torre Branca is a panorama of all of Milan
20) And if there is a day left to travel around Milan, don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful Lake Como
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