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Welcome to Milan

Fashion-forward Milan dazzles with glamour, but Italy’s style capital has more to it than first meets the eye. From the Gothic gargoyles and spires of Milan Duomo to Leonardo da Vinci’s much-loved masterpiece “The Last Supper,” the city boasts plenty of history, art, and culture. Treat yourself to a night of opera at historic La Scala, hit the “aperitivo” hangouts of Navigli for a bright orange spritz, and embrace the Milanese love of shopping with a spree at the flagship stores of Via Montenapoleone.

Top 10 attractions in Milan

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Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

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Whether you visit Milan due to your love of art or as a reader of Dan Brown Da Vinci Code, you’ll be sure to head to Il Cenacolo Vinciano to see Leonardo da Vinci’s mural The Last Supper, or Cenacolo. The famous wall painting covers the wall of the refectory next to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, on the western outskirts of central Milan. The painting represents the moment when Jesus predicts that one of his Apostles will betray him. The wall painting has suffered dreadfully over the centuries from the depredations of damp, war and poor restorations. A recent restoration program was completed in 1999, toning down the gaudy colors of previous restorations to more subdued pastels.More
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Milan Duomo

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Milan’s Cathedral, or Duomo, is a much-loved symbol of the city. The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic in Italy, its spiky spires and towers dominate Piazza del Duomo, Milan’s beating heart.The Duomo’s exterior is an upwardly thrusting collection of pinnacles, elongated statues and buttresses. The central spire is topped by a gilt statue of the Madonna, called the Madonnina.Inside one of the world’s largest churches, it takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust to the candle-lit ambiance as you take in the cathedral’s nave, altars, aisles and stained-glass windows.One of the highlights of a visit to the cathedral is the view from the roof – on a clear day you can see the Italian Alps. Take the steps if you’re fit (or the lift if you’re not) to peer over the city of Milan, surrounded by statues and spiky towers.More
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Grab your shopping bag to go browsing in the world’s most elegant covered arcade, the glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Many shopping arcades have tried to copy the Galleria’s scale, grandeur and glorious decor, but few have matched it. Completed in 1877, the cross-shaped shopping mall is bright and airy, thanks to its iron and glass curved roof, and the floor is patterned in marble mosaic tiles. Shops with awnings and large plate-glass windows line the ground floor, including luxury Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton boutiques. You’ll also find some of Milan’s most lauded and historic cafes, including Biffi and Zucca’s Bar.More
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La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)

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La Scala is one of the world’s great opera houses. Built in Milan a stone’s throw from the Duomo in the late 1770s, the theater has seen premiers of some extraordinarily well-loved operas, including works by Rossini, Puccini and many by Italy’s beloved Verdi. The word “scala” means “staircase” in Italian, but the theater gets its name because it was built on the site where the church of Santa Maria alla Scala once stood. The theater at La Scala holds more than 3,000 spectators, and the walls are adorned with gold and the boxes are lined with red velvet. Although La Scala’s opera season isn’t year-round you can still get a peek inside. Plan to visit La Scala’s museum, which is inside the opera house. If your museum visit doesn’t coincide with a rehearsal on the main stage then you get to walk into one of the theater’s red velvet boxes for a few minutes.More
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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco)

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The Castello Sforzesco (or Sforza Castle) is a huge, classically crenellated pile of red-brick masonry on the western edge of central Milan. The castle was built by the earlier Visconti dynasty, but became home to the ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the castle is propped up with massive round battlements, and a stepped tower overlooks the central courtyard and gardens. Leonardo da Vinci helped design the defensive walls. Today the castle houses a handful of excellent museums and galleries. See sculptures by Michelangelo in the Museum of Ancient Art off the courtyard, and a rich collection of paintings by the likes of Titian and Bellini in the Pinacoteca ("art gallery") on the 1st floor. Wooden sculptures and furnishings fill the Museum of Applied Arts, again on the 1st floor, next door to the Museum of Musical Instruments. You’ll also find Egyptian and prehistoric collections in this huge castle complex.More
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Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie)

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Most visitors seek out the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to pay their respects to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. The famous mural is housed in the refectory of the adjoining Dominican convent. Visitors who take the time to explore the convent’s church, however, will be rewarded with a stroll through an impressive Renaissance building. The church was built in Gothic and Romanesque styles by Sforza duke in 1490, and is believed to have been partially designed by Bramante. The exterior is decorated in a restrained pattern of pilasters and circles, and the design features a lovely, tranquil cloister. Inside, the Gothic nave is decorated with beautifully restrained patterned details.More
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San Siro Stadium (Stadio San Siro)

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Milan is home to two major soccer teams and Italy's largest stadium – San Siro Stadium – where both of them play their home games. San Siro was built in 1925, originally home to just the AC Milan team. In 1947, AC Milan's rivals, FC Internazionale, also moved in. In addition to these top-tier teams, the Italian national team also plays games at San Siro, and it's frequently used as a concert venue for big touring bands. As a football stadium, the capacity of San Siro is now just over 80,000, Italy's largest stadium. There is a museum at the stadium dedicated to both AC Milan and FC Internazaionale, and when you take a guided tour of San Siro you get to visit each team's locker room.More
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Brera

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In a city of many trendy neighborhoods, the Brera district in Milan is one of the most charming. Located very close to the Duomo in the historic center, this is the part of Milan that might make you forget about the city’s hustle-bustle reputation. The Brera neighborhood is a maze of narrow, cobblestoned streets lined with boutiques and cafes - during nice weather, cafe life spills onto the sidewalks and makes for an excellent place to do some serious people-watching. The designer shopping district called the Quadrilatero d’Oro is nearby, so you can get a peek at some of Milan’s shopping class making their rounds, too. Aside from just wandering through the Brera and enjoying the scene, the main attraction in the neighborhood is the Pinacoteca di Brera, a fantastic art museum with works by Botticelli, Raphael, Hayez, Titian, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Rembrandt, and Rubens.More
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Stresa

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Lying on the western flank of thin, wispy Lake Maggiore, Stresa is an elegant resort backed by the Alpine foothills of Monte Mottarone and beloved of travellers for the grandiose hotels spread along its tree-lined promenade. Summer sees lidos bordering the lake and visitor-thronged craft markets on Thursday afternoons; come the balmy evenings the cobbled streets of the town are equally packed with locals and tourists alike enjoying a passeggiata (nightly stroll) before they settle down to dine al fresco in leafy Piazza Cadorna. Once the hang out of literary stars Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway, the jewels in Stresa’s crown are undoubtedly the three miniature Isole Borromee (Borromean Islands) just minutes away across Lake Maggiore by ferry. Owned by the all-powerful Borromeo clan since the 12th century, today they exist in a Baroque time warp; while Isola Bella and Isola Madre both boast extraordinary 17th-century palazzi.More
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QC Termemilano

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The QC Terme company (founded by the Quadrio Curzio brothers) operates a chain of wellness spas in Italy, including QC Termemilano. Milan isn't known as a relaxing place, but right in the heart of the city QC Termemilano offers a place to escape the city. The day spa occupies a 19th-century former tram station, when the trams were led by horses. The QC Terme chain continues the belief that thermal baths offer unique therapy for ailments, and they are also a place for community to gather. The facilities at QC Termemilano include saunas, whirlpools, steam baths, water massages, mud baths, and more. The healthy atmosphere extends to the buffet, which features fresh fruit, yogurt, and pastries. There's also an aperitivo buffet every day at 5:30pm.More

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Last Supper Tickets and Guide

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Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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Interesting tour of a piece of Milanese history
Mark_E, Sep 2020
La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan
The tour guide was friendly, spoke good english and was very informative.
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Great Experience with Last Supper Tour
Randall_L, Sep 2020
Last Supper Tickets and Guide
Her English was very good so we had no trouble with communications.
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Välförtjänt besök
Alice_M, Aug 2020
At Granny's to learn fresh pasta and tiramisù
I can recomend this to visitors in Milan.
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Sweet Milano
sigal431971, Feb 2020
Best Street Food Walking Tour
It was a wonderful experience to see milano through food and walking around the street.
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Maneuvering around Milan
John O, Nov 2019
Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or Vineyard and Milan Duomo Tour
We got to see so much of the central city.
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Milan City Hop on Off tour
diannejt, Nov 2019
Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Excellent way to see the sights of Milan, the tour covered the major places of interest.
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Our Last Stop
jamiecalhn, Nov 2019
Milan: Last Supper ticket and Guided tour
Will recommend to anyone wanting to see it.
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Fantastic overview of Milan
karynslanina, Oct 2019
Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or Vineyard and Milan Duomo Tour
We were able to see and learn so much!
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Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off
jjanusz480, Oct 2019
Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Excellent way to see Milan.
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Da Vinci Last Supper
Vincent V, Oct 2019
Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
Last Supper magnificent, impossible to see without pre-purchase of tickets.
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Milan bike tour
OnAir502532, Oct 2019
Small Group Highlights of Milan Bike Tour
Excellent tour Got to see parts of Milan that we'd never have visited Laura was a great guide and gave us good recommendations for places to visit and eat.
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Good tour
MaryJ0222, Sep 2019
Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
We initially only went with the tour to get into Last Supper, but the information we got about the other Milan attractions were great and enlightening.
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Last Supper
Jennifer W, Sep 2019
2-hour Milan Skip the Line The Last Supper and Renaissance Walking Tour
This is a great tour, getting to see the Last Supper and enjoyed a walking tour of Milan.
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Biking Milano
danjewpac, Sep 2019
Small Group Highlights of Milan Bike Tour
Would have loved a full day tour to see more neighborhoods.
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What a fun way to learn about Milan
Marsu5, Sep 2019
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Milan Private Tour
It was interesting to see some sights/areas that we would not have ever known about as well as some of the more touristy spots.
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Book this now!
Keegan F, Sep 2019
Milan Luxury Spa Evening with Aperitivo
Make sure to go downstairs and do try to see all the room and spend time at your favorite.
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beautiful lake, adequate tour guide.
daveinont, Sep 2019
Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan
partly due to the need to repeat everything in portuguese and english.
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Worth the visit
antoniayiangou, Sep 2019
Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan
if you are in Milan take the time to visit Lake Como.
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Great tour
JohnP4092, Sep 2019
Skip the Line: Duomo Cathedral and La Scala Theatre
The tour was terrific, Includes in-depth information about the three main attractions in Central Milan.
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Great way to learn about the Duomo
elissa f, Jun 2019
Milan Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Duomo and Rooftop Guided Tour
If you go to Milan to see it, you should definitely consider this guided tour to learn about it.

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