Meet your guide in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo, put on your supplied headset to hear the commentary clearly, and then set off on your 2.5-hour tour.
Admire the marble-striped exterior of the Gothic masterpiece that is Milan Cathedral, better known as the Duomo, and learn how it took six centuries to properly complete.
Hear, too, how the American writer, Mark Twain, showered praise on the cathedral, and then walk through the nearby Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan’s beautiful 19th-century shopping arcade topped by vaulted glass.
Pass the gallery’s upscale cafes and shops, and arrive in Piazza della Scala, home to Milan’s world-famous opera house, La Scala. Learn how it has hosted many great performers, and staged the premieres of operas by Guiseppe Verdi, before continuing past the arty cafes and bars of the fashionable Brera neighborhood to 15th-century Sforza Castle.
Admire the sunset-washed battlements of this fortress-palace, once the residence of Milan’s ruling Sforza family, and visit a rooftop terrace for Italy’s much-loved tradition of pre-dinner wine and appetizers — the aperitivo.
Sip a spritzer, Prosecco, or another drink, and savor some Italian finger food as you admire Milan’s skyline as dusk falls. After 2.5 hours, your tour concludes near Sforza Castle.