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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 attractions in Milan for Spring

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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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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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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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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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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
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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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Top activities in Milan

Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
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Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's The Last Supper and Milan Duomo
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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
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Milan Cathedral Rooftop Ticket

Milan Cathedral Rooftop Ticket

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Bernina Express and Swiss Alps 1 day tour, pick up near your hotel.
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Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
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Skip the Line: Last Supper Tour in Milan
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Venice Day Trip from Milan
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Venice Day Trip from Milan

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Express Tour of the Last Supper in Milan | MAX 6 PEOPLE Guaranteed
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Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Private Best of Milan Guided Tour with Duomo, La Scala Theatre and Sforza Castle
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Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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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
Dan_W, May 2022
Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
Tour was a great way to see the Last Supper as well as historic sites.
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Amazing tour, small group, very knowledgable guide
Leigh_F, May 2022
Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's The Last Supper and Milan Duomo
Good to hear the history of Milan and to see some of the beautiful places you would never find alone!
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Good value and choice of 4 routes
md2z4mqdk6, May 2022
Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Good value for money with 4 different lines - we only had a full day in Milan so it was a great way to see lots
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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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Massimo was an excellent...
Amanda_H, Apr 2022
Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
We were able to see the highlights of Milan and learn the history of this beautiful city!
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Fantastic
Kevin_P, Apr 2022
Bernina Express and Swiss Alps 1 day tour, pick up near your hotel.
Would definitely recommend this tour as a way to see Switzerland while visiting Milan.
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Milan is not only about shopping. So much more to discover!
pbravo, Mar 2022
Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
So amazing to see Leonardo Da Vinci Last Supper.
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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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Had a great day.
Karen_A, Mar 2022
Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan
We would never have been able to see so much while we were in Milan without the tour.
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Very informative tour of Duomo, Last Supper painting, and the highlights of Milan!
Kyle_M, May 2022
Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
The tour started at the Duomo, then walked through the Galleria, and saw several other sights in Milan before going to see the Last Supper painting.
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Fantastic day
Lorraine_C, May 2022
Bernina Express and Swiss Alps 1 day tour, pick up near your hotel.
Our Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful also with tips of eateries and things to do in Milan.
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Brilliant food tour!
Michael_N, Apr 2022
Milan Mix Aperitivo and Street Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience
It’s a great way to see a different part of Milan and visit restaurants and shops you probably would of dismissed as a tourist.
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10/10 for this fiat 500 tour!
Fergal_K, Mar 2022
Vintage Fiat 500 Tour in Milan
As it was our first time in Milan, this was the perfect tour to see all the main sights.
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My daughter, husband and...
Elizabeth_V, Mar 2022
The 10 Tastings of Milan With Locals: Private Food Tour
Was a great way to see the city as well!
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AMAZING!!!!
Eva_M, Nov 2021
Milan Semi-Private Walking Tour with Last Supper and Duomo | MAX 6 people group
Our guide Larissa is very knowledgeable and speaks perfect English.
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A Wonderful Walking Tour of Milan
Kurt_C, Oct 2021
Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
Her English was great and she was very patient and kind with our young grandchildren.
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Duomo guided rooftop tour
Scott_K, Oct 2021
Milan Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Duomo and Rooftop Guided Tour
Both inside and getting to see the rooftop of the cathedral.

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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