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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 15 attractions in Milan

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Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

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Each day, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) draws hundreds of art-loving visitors to the unassuming refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for just 15 minutes with the painting. Arguably Milan's most famous 15th-century wall mural, you must book entrance tickets in advance or sign up for a guided Milan city tour to see it up close.More
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Milan Duomo

Milan Duomo

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The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic architecture in Italy, the spiky spires and towers of Milan's Duomo (Duomo di Milano) dominate Piazza del Duomo, the city's beating heart. One of the highlights of a visit to the cathedral is the view from the roof, where you can scope out Milan from the highest terrace surrounded by statues. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Italian Alps.More
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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco)

Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco)

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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a medieval fortress built by the Visconti dynasty that became home to Milan’s ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the historic brick castle has massive round battlements, an imposing tower overlooking the central courtyard and surrounding Parco Sempione gardens, and defensive walls designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Today the castle houses a number of world-class museums and galleries.More
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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In the fashion capital of Italy, the glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade—one of the oldest in Europe—never goes out of style. Sandwiched by the Milan Duomo on one side and the Piazza di Marino on the other, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a bright and airy 4-story center full of restaurants and shops. Come for the neoclassical architecture; stay for the brands and fresh baked panzerotti.More
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La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)

La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)

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La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala), one of the world’s greatest opera houses, has hosted some of Italy’s most famous opera and other performances. Located in downtown Milan, this 18th-century theater and cultural landmark—magnificently restored in 2004—seats many of its 2,000 spectators in elegant boxes adorned with gold leaf and red velvet.More
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Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie)

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie)

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Built by Duke Francesco I Sforza and later reworked by Bramante, the modest 15th-century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie) is known for housing one of Italy’s most celebrated works of Renaissance art—Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, which decorates the refectory wall of the adjoining Dominican convent.More
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Brera

Brera

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Milan boasts a number of trendy neighborhoods thick with hip bars, restaurants, and clubs. Of these, the Brera district—a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and cafés near the Duomo in the city center—is perhaps the most beautiful thanks to its laid-back pace and old-world charm.More
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Piazza Mercanti

Piazza Mercanti

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Centuries before Piazza del Duomo became Milan’s main square, medieval Piazza Mercanti was the heart of the city. Marking the center of Milan’s historic center, this charming space is lined by porticoed palaces dating from the Middle Ages and offers a picturesque counterpoint to the rest of the city’s stately majesty.More
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Como-Brunate Funicular Railway (Funicolare Como–Brunate)

Como-Brunate Funicular Railway (Funicolare Como–Brunate)

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This historic single-track funicular railway has been carrying passengers up and down the steep mountain slope between the lakeside city of Como and the village of Brunate since 1894. The 7-minute ride passes through a scenic stretch of countryside with sweeping views over Italy’s Lake Como as far as the Swiss Alps.More
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Sempione Park (Parco Sempione)

Sempione Park (Parco Sempione)

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Chic Milan is known for its contemporary elegance and relentless pace, so it may come as a surprise to learn that one of Italy’s loveliest city parks sits at its heart. Sempione Park (Parco Sempione) covers 116 acres (47 hectares) of central Milan, offering a welcome respite from the surrounding urban hustle and bustle.More
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Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore (Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore)

Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore (Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore)

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Milan’s best-preserved 16th-century church, the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore (Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore) features frescoes by Bernardino Luini as well as the oldest pipe organ in the city. It is also home to the Archaeological Museum of Milan (Museo Archeologico di Milano), which displays artifacts from the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans.More
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QC Termemilano

QC Termemilano

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Milan is known for its sophisticated style and unforgiving pace, but that doesn’t mean you can’t slow down and unwind in Italy’s fashion capital. If you need a break, QC Termemilano is an indulgent spa in the heart of the city with thermal baths, steam baths, relaxation rooms, massages, treatments, and more.More
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Arch of Peace (Arco della Pace)

Arch of Peace (Arco della Pace)

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The Arch of Peace (Arco della Pace), located at the entrance to Parco Sempione in Milan, is a neoclassical arch begun by Napoleon during the early 19th century to honor his military victories. Made of marble from the Swiss Alps, the triumphal arch marks the beginning of the road that connects Milan and Paris.More
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Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)

Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)

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The Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera), one of Italy’s most important museums, is a highlight of Milan’s fashionable Brera neighborhood. This impressive collection of medieval and Renaissance paintings includes masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Piero della Francesca, and Andrea Mantegna.More
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Church of Santa Maria at San Satiro (Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro)

Church of Santa Maria at San Satiro (Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro)

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The Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro in Milan is a unique “two in one”, with the 9th-century church of San Satiro incorporated into the later 15th-century church of Santa Maria, both in design and in name.The Renaissance trompe l'oeil apse attributed to Donato Bramante makes it a must-see.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Milan

How to Spend 2 Days in Milan

Shopping in Milan

Shopping in Milan

How to Experience Aperitivo in Milan

How to Experience Aperitivo in Milan

Top activities in Milan

Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
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Milan Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Duomo and Rooftop Guided Tour
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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan

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Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
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Skip the Line: Last Supper Tour in Milan
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Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
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Venice full-day guided tour from Milan. Pick up near your hotel
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Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como

Bernina Scenic Train & Lake Como

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Venice - Day Trip from Milan

Venice - Day Trip from Milan

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Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan with Hotel Pick Up
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Milan Private Tour
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Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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La Scala Theatre and Museum guided experience
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Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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The “must take” tour when short on time in Milano
Alfredo_A, Aug. 2022
Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
I believe we visited all the “must see” activities.
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Milan is beautiful
Susan_P, Aug. 2022
Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
Giada was born and raised in Milan, but she speaks excellent english.
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Milano Gems Bike Tour
Michael_W, Aug. 2022
Highlights and hidden gems of Milan Bike Tour
What a great way to see the city of Milano!
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Educational, Enjoyable, Economical!
Haley_L, Aug. 2022
2-hour Milan Skip the Line The Last Supper and Renaissance Walking Tour
We were able to see the Last Supper, since the tickets were sold out from the ticket office- that alone was worth the purchase.
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Stellar Milano experience!
Stefania_M, Jul. 2022
Full-day Skip-The-Line Milan, The Last Supper and Michelangelo's Rondanini Pietà
I got to see all the main highlights and ones I never considered seeing in Milano!!
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Must do in Milan
RobertoAntonio_U, Jul. 2022
Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
Very interesting and compact tour to see the highlights of Milan.
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richuo, Jul. 2022
The secrets to learn fresh pasta and tiramisù
Good way to see Milan in three hours.
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Great sites great exercise
John_D, Jul. 2022
Highlights and hidden gems of Milan Bike Tour
The bike tour was a great way to see Milan from a locals point of view and work off all the pasta you’ve eaten.
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Grey sites and great heights
John_D, Jul. 2022
2-hours Duomo of Milan guided experience with entrance tickets
It was truly a unique experience to see the Doumo from the rooftops.
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Excellent
kiran_F, Jul. 2022
Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's The Last Supper and Milan Duomo
Don’t miss out on this tour if you have just a short stay in Milan and want to see all of the main history.
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Amazing experience, early...
Ana_S, Jul. 2022
Serravalle Outlet Shopping Tour
Amazing experience, early morning with the attractions to be photograph just for us, a professional that give tips and possibility to change outfits.
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Wonderful Experience!
Loseycota, Jul. 2022
Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
They were accommodating for a late arrival and the guide spoke English well.
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Many Faces Of Milan!
VernChris_P, Jul. 2022
Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Diverse routes to see Milan gives great overview.
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Excellent experience
brian_h, Jun. 2022
Private Last Supper & Duomo Experience and Milan City App
Recommend to anyone that has limited time to see highlights of Milan
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Excellent tour of Milan, the Duomo and The Last Supper
Serena_A, Jun. 2022
Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's The Last Supper and Milan Duomo
A good way to see the sights of Milan if you are short on time.
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Best of Milan sights in a couple of hours
Robin_L, Jun. 2022
Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
We had a short visit to Milan and this tour helped us to see the highlights.
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Good option since Milan is a city. Not as walkable as other cities
Sonia_S, Jun. 2022
Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Its a good option to see Milan.
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The perfect way to spend an afternoon In Milan in the summer
Courtney_P, Jun. 2022
Guided tour of the three parks to discover a hidden Milan
We learnt a lot and got a lot of insight into life in Milan, things to see and do!
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Interesting and informational
Laceyn1, Jul. 2022
Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
Wonderful option to see The Last Supper when tickets were unavailable through the official website.
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It's a must do tour @Milan
Raj_G, Jun. 2022
Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
Got to see the interesting bits of Milan city history.
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All about Milan

When to visit

The semi-annual Milan Fashion Week, held at the tail end of both summer and winter, is the most popular time to visit Milan. During the sweltering month of August, Milanese flock to the Italian lakes and the city all but shuts down. Fall and winter are great for sporting and cultural events—soccer, the Grand Prix, and opera kick off in December.

A local’s pocket guide to Milan

Alessia Sinesi

Alessia was born in Milan's historic Navigli district. She’s a food lover and has sampled most of the city's best restaurants over the years.

The first thing you should do in Milan is...

take the tram to Navigli, which sits alongside the Milanese canals. Once there, take a walk, order a Spritz, and enjoy the Italian happy hour.

A perfect Saturday in Milan...

involves exploring the historic center. Stop by the Duomo, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, Quadrilatero della Moda, Brera District, and Sforzesco Castle, then relax in Sempione Park. Don't forget to try the panzerotti at Luini’s either.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

visiting the National Science and Technology Museum, where you can discover the magnificent permanent exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.

To discover the "real" Milan...

tour the skyscrapers in the Porta Garibaldi area, walk through Piazza Gae Aulenti at the foot of the Garibaldi Towers, or visit the Library of Trees.

For the best view of the city...

head to the Duomo rooftop terrace and enjoy the atmosphere among the spires and gold Madonnina statue. On a clear day, you can see the Alps on the horizon.

One thing people get wrong...

There's more to Milan's shopping than fashion. Fiera di Sinigaglia is the city’s oldest flea market—find everything from second-hand clothing and records to vintage books and coin collections.

People Also Ask

What is Milan best known for?

Italy’s capital of contemporary fashion and design is most famous for a masterpiece dating from more than 500 years ago: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, housed in Milan’s Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The city’s majestic gothic cathedral (Duomo) is also a star attraction.

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How long do you need in Milan?

You’ll need at least a full day to visit The Last Supper and stroll from the Duomo through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to visit La Scala opera house. Stay overnight to dip into the city’s evening aperitivo scene and spend the following day browsing fashion boutiques and Brera Art Gallery.

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What are three must-see sites in Milan?

Two of Milan’s top three sites are less than a five-minute walk apart: the Cathedral (Duomo) and La Scala opera house, separated by the ornate Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The city’s third headliner, Leonardo’s The Last Supper, is in Santa Maria delle Grazie about a 20-minute walk from the Duomo.

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How do I spend a day in Milan?

Book your afternoon tickets (or tour) to The Last Supper in advance and plan your itinerary around the entrance time. Begin in Milan’s center with a visit to the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and La Scala before heading to Santa Maria delle Grazie to admire Leonardo’s famous painting.

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What should you not miss in Milan?

This cosmopolitan city is famous for its buzzy aperitvo cocktail hour in the trendy Navigli and Brera neighborhoods come evening. Joining the chic locals as they sip their iced spritzes and negronis is a great way to get a true feel for the city.

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What can you do for free in Milan?

A number of Milan’s architectural treasures are most impressive from the outside, including the soaring Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and Sforza Castle located in the grand (and public) Sempione Park. You can also stroll through the picturesque Brera Botanical Garden and along the Navigli canal without spending a penny.

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