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“There is nothing to see or do in Milan”, they said…

“There is nothing to see or do in Milan”, they said…


30 things to see in Milan

When I talk about Milan, people ask me where is it (I was often asked what part of Spain it was in) or they tell me there is nothing interesting there.

They must not to have been very attentive in the course of historyand if they went to Milan, they got it wrong.

You have to admit that Milan is a city ​​to deserve, that is to say, there are a multitude of things that you have to discover yourself and as many places that you have to consciously seek. I can understand that at first glance, she seems gray, chaotic and concretebut it is enough to get to know it a little better to fully appreciate its qualities.

I’m going to show you everything you shouldn’t miss for anyone visiting Milan or settling there for a while.

1. Duomo di Milano

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It’s true, everyone knows the Duomo, the heart of the city. But I could not omit it from this list, because it is the emblem of Milan. (Source)

2. Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II

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In this elegant gallery, built in the neo-Renaissance style and located between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala, one finds some of the most expensive and chic designer stores in the city. (Source)

3. Museo del ‘900

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The unique “Soffitto spaziale” by Milanese artist Luci Fontana and the (breathtaking) Piazza del Duomo are both visible from the Sala Fontana.

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4. Ca’ Granada

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Once the seat of Milan’s oldest hospital, the “Ospedale Maggiore”, as the Milanese call it, is now the seat of the city’s public university. (Source)

5. Piazza degli Affari

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This is where the famous sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan stands: LOV E, also called “Il dito”. It is a finger of honor addressed to the Milan Stock Exchange.

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6. Piazza Cordusio

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This square is not only the meeting point for Milan’s businessmen, it also offers an enchanting panorama that includes the Duomo, Piazza Cairoli and the Castello Sforzesco. (Source)

7. Via Montenapoleone

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This alley is the best known in all of Milan, as it symbolizes the luxury and glamor of the city of fashion. (Source)

8. Teatro alla Scala

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La Scala is one of the most famous and visited opera houses in the world. Attending a performance there is a unique experience! (Source)

9. Casa Manzoni

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Discover the life of Alessandro Manzoni, one of the most famous Italian writers in the world, who still bewitches society today with his novel “I promise sposi”! (Source)

10. Central Station

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The magnificent station concourse sits in the heart of the city’s most modern district, where skyscrapers and fascist buildings rub shoulders. It looks a bit out of place in this setting, but that’s where it gets its charm. (Source)

11. Casa Boschi di Stefano

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12. Civic Museum of Natural History

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Nestled in the public gardens (Giardini Pubblici), the Natural History Museum is very pleasant to visit for children, thanks to the relaxed and spring-like atmosphere that reigns there. (Source)

13. Palazzo Dugnani

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On the other side of the park, this charming Rococo-style Villa proudly displays its interior walls adorned with impressive frescoes by the Venetian artist Giambattista Tiepolo. (Source)

14. Villa Necchi Campiglio

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This elegant “Movimento Moderno” style villa was built in the 1930s by the Necchi Campiglio family of industrialists and is today one of Milan’s hidden treasures. Among other things, it was used as a filming location for the film “Io sono l’amore”, with Tilda Swinton. (Source)

15. Rotonda della Bessana

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The church of San Michele ai Nuovi Sepolcri is surrounded by park-like meadows, where passers-by can relax in good weather. (Source)

16. Giardono delle Guastalla

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This public garden is probably one of the most romantic places in the city thanks to the idyllic atmosphere emanating from the small pond “La Peschiera”.

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17. Terme di Milano

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These thermal baths in the trendy Porta Romana district are particularly remarkable thanks to their outer part, which is located in the heart of central Milan and is only protected from the urban jungle by the ancient Spanish Bastioni walls. (Source)

18 Porta Ticinese

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The Porta Ticinese area is the meeting point for all night owls, as it is here that the Milanese “Movida” takes place. Do not miss to discover the many murals and other graffiti that decorate it! (Source)

19. Cappella Portinari

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In the Basilica di Sant’Eustorgio, near Porta Ticinese, is this magnificent chapel designed by Vincenzo Foppa, one of the most important Lombard Renaissance painters and the predecessor of Leonarda Da Vinci. (Source)

20. Column & Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore

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These Roman columns were once an integral part of the early Christian Church. Nowadays, this square is the meeting point for young people, who settle in the many bars around to order drinks at low prices and enjoy the evening. (Source)

21. Navigli

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The two Navigli and the port into which they flow are the only place in the city to be irrigated. Passers-by can take a leisurely stroll along the shore and rest a bit in one of the many cafes.

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22. Anfiteatro romano

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This “secret” park at the expense of Corso Genova houses the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, present since the time when Milan was still called Mediolanum.

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23. Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio

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This basilica, built in 379 (! ), is the second most important church in the city (just after the Duomo), as it is a perfect example of neo-Christian architecture and the history of Milan.

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24. Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie & “The Last Supper”

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I officially inform you that “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is in Milan, and more precisely in the magnificent church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, built by Donato Bramante. It is not a painting but a wall painting, found in the dining room of the convent of the church. (Source)

25. Parco Sempione

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This large, romantic park in the heart of central Milan has so many nooks and crannies that you can completely escape the noise of the city, and there’s plenty to see. (Source)

26. Arco della Pace

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This neo-classical triumphal arch stands at the beginning of Corso Sempione, it was erected following the Congress of Vienna to celebrate peace between European nations. (Source)

27. The Triennale di Milano

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La Triennale is a museum of contemporary art, from the terrace of which one has a view of the Parco Sempione. Special exhibitions and events are held there all the time. (Source)

28. Castello Sforzesco

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This Renaissance castle, the former seat of the Milanese Sforza family, sits directly in front of Parco Sempione. It now houses various museums, including the Egyptian Museum and the Museo d’arte antico where Michelangelo’s “Pietà Rondanini” is located. (Source)

29. Acquario Civico

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The third oldest aquarium in the world, it was built for an exhibition in 1906. Its pavilion was built in the style typical of the time, the Liberty style, and is near the eastern entrance of Parco Sempione. (Source)

30. Pinacoteca di Brera

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This museum houses some of the most important paintings of modern Italian art. There are works by artists such as Perugino, Bramente, Mantegna, Bellini, Tintoretto (see photo). The Lombard and Venetian masters are particularly well represented there. (Source)

Don’t tell me there’s nothing to see in Milan! The capital of Lombardy is a real paradise, especially for lovers of art and culture. You just have to open your eyes and know how to appreciate the beauties of Milan.


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