If you are wondering what to see in Milan, Italy, in this post we recommend 6 must-see places (in order of visit) that you will not find in any other European capital and that will surprise you for the good of this city.
Milan, Italian and international fashion capital, and a must-stop if you go to northern Italy. It is a very simple and comfortable city to navigate. You can get there by tram or on foot, but the most important thing is to get lost and find yourself in its streets. The tram crosses practically all the points of interest in the center and is a very original way to discover this Italian city, but there are promenades and avenues that are worth taking on foot.
To learn more about the cities of Italy, see the site: What to see and do in Italy.
What to do in Milan Italy?
El Duomo or Cathedral of Milan
This is the city’s most iconic postcard and one of the most typical stops. The impressive facade and the whole neighborhood that surrounds it (Piazza del Duomo) make the Duomo one of the most remarkable places in Milan. You could say it was love at first sight.
Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, known as the “living room of Milan”, is next to the Duomo. Designed in the 19th century, it is composed of several galleries covered with glass ceilings and impressive vaults that will have you rolling your eyes. In the central vault are represented in mosaic the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and America.
Milan Monumental Cemetery
One of Milan’s biggest attractions is the monumental cemetery. I know this may sound strange, but this cemetery is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The architecture and the spaces you will find there will not leave you indifferent.
After making three of the obligatory stops, visiting the Brera district is entering theone of the most bohemian and interesting neighborhoods in the city. Formed by the streets via Brera, via Solferino, via Pontaccio, Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como, you will discover a journey of culture, art and history of Milan. Take the opportunity to stroll through its streets and discover its shops, cafes and restaurants. This is the perfect time to look for a place to eat and choose the one that appeals to you the most. If you have the time, you can also visit the Botanical Garden of Breraone of the lungs of the city, or the Pinacoteca and the Academy of Fine Arts.
Sempione Park and Sforzesco Castle
A great place to stroll after lunch and spend the afternoon is Sempione Park. A huge natural space in the middle of the city where you can take the opportunity to rest a bit and sit and read on the lawn. Sforzesco Castle is another indisputable attraction of the park. built like a fortress in 1368, it houses some of the best museums in Milan. If you are a monument lover, Sempione Park is a great option as it houses several important buildings such as the Arch of Peace.
An obligatory stop if you pass through Milan is the Navigli district, to be repeated even if you stay more than one day. Guarded by the Navigli river, this district is the perfect place to watch the sunset in Milan and stroll in an Italian atmosphere par excellence. In addition, it is full of restaurants and bars where you can have a drink or dine in a privileged setting.
Enjoy Italian cuisine
As an Italian city, another of its strengths is its gastronomy, but being one of the cities of northern Italy, the most typical Milanese dishes are Carpaccio, Cotoletta alla Milanese (cutlet) and Ossobuco alla milanese (veal shank stew). If you are not a big fan of meat and still think about pasta and pizza, I recommend Pasto – Laboratorio di pasta con cucina, a restaurant with daily fresh pasta and a dream for lovers of Italian cuisine . Of course, pasta and pizza are a classic that you will find of very good quality in all their restaurants.
Shopping in Milan Italy
If you like fashion, you will appreciate Milan very much. Its inhabitants and its shops are synonymous with elegance and trends. Do not hesitate to go to Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia, known as the quadrilateral of fashion in Milan. You will find everything you are looking for and more.
What to see in Milan in 1 day?
If your stop is just passing through and you’re only staying a day in Milan, I would take the opportunity to see just enough, but with enough time to enjoy it and leave with a good taste of the city.
- The Duomo
- Vittorio Emanuele Gallery
- Brera district
- Navigli District
What to see in Milan 2 days?
If you’re coming for a short two-day weekend (ideal for seeing all of Milan and not missing anything important), I’d focus on the six key sites I’ve outlined above, plus an afternoon of shopping and gifts.
What to see in Milan in 3 days?
If you visit Milan in 3 days, in addition to enjoying the energy of this city, it is worth thinking about taking a trip to its surroundings on one of the days of your trip. In addition, you will find several buses that will take you there without the need to rent a car. All stops are spectacular, but Lago Di Como is my favorite. A different and extraordinary environment where you can rest your mind and simply enjoy the view. For me, this is a place not to be missed.
Depending on the type of excursion you are looking for, you can also go to:
- La Spezia
To prepare your route, you can take this post as a reference and download the Passporter application where you can add points of interest, check timetables and see on the map how to organize your route. This application will be very useful to find the most interesting places for your personal route. Also, you will find an extensive photo gallery of places I have recommended and new suggestions that are sure to surprise you.