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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Spend 2 Days in Milan

How to Spend 2 Days in Milan

Shopping in Milan

Shopping in Milan

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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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Venice full-day guided tour from Milan. Pick up near your hotel
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Venice Day Trip from Milan

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Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
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Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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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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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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Excellent
Maria_B, Jun 2022
Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
Walking pace was great and got to see and learn about so many historical Milan sites.
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History and gelato!
Colleen_C, May 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Milan Private Tour
She had a wealth of knowledge about the history of Milan and took us to the through town to see the main historical sites, but also took the time to show us things like the botanical gardens and stop at a delicious gelato shop.
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Great time worth the time and money
Anonymous, May 2022
Highlights and hidden gems of Milan Bike Tour
Did a wonderful job showing us around Milan, giving great insights to both the popular attractions (Duomo, la Scala) as well as other things you'd casually miss as a tourist.
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So much more than The Last Supper!
Julie_T, May 2022
Skip the Line: Essential Milan Tour Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
We booked the tour mainly because tickets to see The Last Supper were sold out.
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Great night out
Susan_P, May 2022
Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience
Great to visit a part of Milan we would have otherwise missed.
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Milan Walk
Kenneth_N, May 2022
Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's The Last Supper and Milan Duomo
Also had the opportunity to see the Last Supper, Roman artifacts and a number of other exciting moments in Italian history and art.
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Great way to see the city of Mailn.
Malcolm_W, May 2022
Milan Hidden Treasures Bike Tour
We got to see areas of Milan we weren’t expecting, the guide was knowledgeable, the pace of the ride was just right with lots of stops and a very good cafe break.
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Good tour to get highlights of Milan
dfdgiakas, Jun 2022
Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
Also guides need to have a designated place to visit the restrooms due to it being a 4 hour tour.
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Great way to explore a very cool area of Milan
Holly_E, May 2022
Milan Food Walking Tour of Brera
It was our first day in Milan and it gave us a great way to see a very cool part of the city.
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Fantastic
Kevin_P, Apr 2022
Bernina Express tour, Swiss alps & St Moritz. With 6 pick up points
Would definitely recommend this tour as a way to see Switzerland while visiting Milan.
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Paoula a great guide, a great day!
Robert_R, Mar 2022
Milan Segway Tour
A fun way to see a lot and learn about the city.
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Strongly recommend
Johann_H, Mar 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Milan Private Tour
A great way to see Milan - he is wise and informative and funny
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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.

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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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