What to do in Milan

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With almost two million tourists visiting Milan every year, it is certainly not a city to ignore. It can be enjoyed as part of a trip to the beautiful Lombardy or on its own. We just want to give you a few pointers on what to do in Milan.

What to do in Milan

Il Duomo

Visit Il Duomo

The Gothic beauty of the largest cathedral in Italy never ceases to astonish visitors. You can even adopt a spire of the Duomo if you want to help the ongoing restoration.

What to do in Milan

Ballet at La Scala

Listen to the classics at la Scala

Teatro alla Scala is one of the main Milan attractions. It has been staging stunning productions for 200 years. The greatest opera and ballet talents have graced its stage. Book you tickets in advance as they sell out very quickly.

See fine art at the Pinacoteca di Brera 

Palazzo Brera houses one of the best collections of Italian paintings in the world. Spend a few hours admiring Tizian, Tintoretto, Raphael and Caravaggio.

What to do in Milan

Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

Admire old mosaics at the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

This church is often overlooked by tourists despite the fact that it is one of the oldest churches in Milan. It has beautiful bell towers and some stunning mosaics.

Swoon at Michelangelo’s last sculpture at the Sforza Castle

This 14th century fortified princely residence has been damaged during wars and rebuilt many times. Some of the best Italian talents worked here such as Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci. Today the Castello complex includes a number of museums. In the Museum of ancient art you can see Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà.

Shop at the fashion district

What to do in Milan after a good doze of art ? It is time to head to the area where you can do the best shopping in Milan. Via Montenapoleone and the streets around it are famous for its high-end boutiques and jewellery shops. Here you will find the best Italian fashion brands.

 What to do in Milan

Milan’s canal

Walk along Milan’s canals

Although it is not a well-known fact but Milan also has its water canals (“navigli” in Italian). Centuries ago they were used for navigations. You can enjoy a walk along one of them, Naviglio Pavese, or just relax on one of the moored bar-boats with a glass of wine.

Photos by duomomilano.it, Teatro alla Scala, Wikimedia Commons, Stefano Stabile,