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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)

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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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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Bernina Express

Bernina Express

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Soaring over the Bernina Pass and climbing to a dizzying 7,392 feet (2,253 meters) above sea level, the famous Bernina Express is one of Europe’s most beautiful railway routes. Running for 75 miles (122 kilometers) from Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, it’s the only railway that connects the North and South Alps, and offers dramatic mountain views.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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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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Brunate

Brunate

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Not all visits to Lake Como are about waterfront towns – a trip up into the hills over the lake to Brunate offers spectacular views. The small hilltop town overlooks not just Lake Como, but the town of Como itself. The two are roughly 1,600 feet apart, so while you won't be dipping your toes in the lake from Brunate, you'll be enjoying views that the people in Como can't see.The Como-Brunate Funicular linking the towns was built in 1894, but you can keep going up even after you reach Brunate – climb the steps to the 1920s lighthouse for an even better view.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

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

Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Last Supper Tickets and Guide

Last Supper Tickets and Guide

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Bernina Express and Swiss Alps 1 day tour. Pick up from your hotel.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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Great tour, with a geat guide
Avinash_B, Jul 2021
Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
Talked in detail about the history of Milan and the attractions that we visited.
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Fantastic Day in Milan! Our Guide Francesca was fantastic!!!
Yasser_S, Jun 2021
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Milan Private Tour
Best way to see Milan.
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Välförtjänt besök
Alice_M, Aug 2020
The secrets 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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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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Milan bike tour
OnAir502532, Oct 2019
Milan Highlights Small-Group 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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Biking Milano
danjewpac, Sep 2019
Milan Highlights Small-Group 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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Best of Milan walking tour with CityWonders
SabinoTorre, Jun 2019
Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
Informative guide provided an excellent tour of the key attractions to see while in Milan in 3 hours.
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Fast but saw all the sites without the lines
Getaway18493353609, Jun 2019
Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
I wanted to see the last supper while in Milan and this was the only skip the line tour that included the duomo and painting.
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A fun and delicious way to see Milan!
Compass06473597373, Jun 2019
Walking Food Tour of Milan with Tastings
We saw the sights, tasted some tasty bites and overall, got to see a whole lot more of Milan than we would have on our own.

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.

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