What to See in Milano – 25 Places You Don’t Want To Miss

Milano is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in northern Italy. Located in the west of the region of Lombardy, it is the capital of the region and is also known as the world’s Fashion capital.

If you are visiting Milano, do not forget to visit the following places:

Duomo di Milano

Duomo di Milano is such a wonderful place to visit in Milan as you will see the most stunning view of the city. Getting on the Cathedral Terraces roof is an experience not to be missed. Being there for the first time is a breathtaking sensation that will utterly make you excited and amazed.

Duomo di Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Duomo di Milano, Lombardy by David Davies

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

This amazing arcade is a link between the Duomo Square and the La Scala Opera House. Designed by Giuseppe Mengoni, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a wonderful piece of architecture. It was named after Victor Emmanuel II and it bears all the royalty sparkle.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by Roberto Taddeo

Castello Sforzesco

The story of this castle begins in 1358 and it went through a series of destructions and reconstructions. By 1861, Castello Sforzesco was in a pathetic state and it was a danger to the public. Luca Beltrami made the necessary things to save it and give it back to the public.

Castello Sforzesco, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Castello Sforzesco by Eric Borda

Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala is known for its wonderful artistic performances. The Opera is a much wanted place for artists all over the globe and just getting there is a real recognition of your qualities.

Attending a show is a must when you visit Milan. You will not feel sorry for the money spent.

Teatro Alla Scala, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Teatro Alla Scala by MITO SettembreMusica

Shopping in Fashion District (Quadrilatero della moda)

The Fashion District is an attraction for all the people who adore shopping. You could simply get lost in the immensity of shops and boutiques.

The staff is friendly and will help you a lot to get the things that you want. This is the best place to spend money in Milan. You will find it around Via Monte Napoleone, which is the most famous street in this district.

Versace in Via Monte Napoleone, Fashion District, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Versace in Via Monte Napoleone, Fashion District by Dimitry B.

Navigli

Everyone knows that Milan does not have any natural canals. This problem was solved during the Middle Ages, when the inhabitants decided to dig the Navigli canals.

The whole point was to offer a cheaper way to move around the town. Today the tourists can sail on them and have fun.

Navigli, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Navigli by Fredi Vallina

Church Santa Maria Delle Grazie

Church Santa Maria Delle Grazie is famous all over the world because it hosts the painting Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

The church was built by the Dominican Order and the architect who designed it was Guiniforte Solari. It is worth going on a visit here.

Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church by Marcin Białek

Il Cenacolo – The Last Supper

You cannot visit Milano and not see the famous painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. It is such a vibrant work of art that talks to the heart of the viewer. The large scale and the symbolic elements are two things that have sparked the imagination of so many.

The Last Supper, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci / High resolution scan by http://www.haltadefinizione.com/ in collaboration with the Italian ministry of culture.

San Siro Stadium

San Siro Stadium is impressive by its size and it is worth a visit. Tourists can benefit from a guided tour that starts every 15 minutes in the museum.

If you are not keen to visit the stadium, the museum is also a place that will give you interesting things to see.

San Siro Stadium, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
San Siro Stadium by oscar federico bodini

Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio is probably the oldest church in Milan. It was built in 379-386 by San Ambrogio.

Initially, the name was Basilica Martyrum. The reason for this name is that in the place of the church many Christians were martyred for their faith. Visiting this church is an homage brought to these people.

Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio by Samoano

Pinacoteca di Brera

The largest museum of art that you can visit in Milan is Pinacoteca di Brera. It hosts numerous works of art and you can spend a day just contemplating their beauty.

The museum probably has one of the largest collections of Italian art and paintings and it is an attraction all year round.

Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Pinacoteca di Brera by Paolo da Reggio

Arco della Pace – Arch of Peace

Probably you will not specifically go in the area to see the Arch of Peace. But if you happen to be around, you can take a look at this impressive monument.

It was built in 1807 and it is in perfect shape even today. With lots of statues and sculptures, this is a place where you can admire the perfect mastery.

Arco della Pace, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Arco della Pace by Dega180

Basilica of San Lorenzo

The church dedicated to San Lorenzo is a wonderful work of architecture. This saint lived in the 4th century and stood outside of this city.

The people from Milan dedicated this church to him and also to his wonderful works. It is a place to find peace and understanding for the soul.

Basilica of San Lorenzo, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Basilica of San Lorenzo by Cryonic07

Piazza Mercanti

Piazza Mercanti is a world of contrasts that will leave the visitor feeling happy and satisfied. The Gothic House and the Baroque School Building come in a wonderful contrast of different styles.

This square is a must-visit for the ones who want a new architectural experience and are willing to admire its subtleties.

Piazza Mercanti, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Piazza Mercanti by Stefano Stabile

Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione was once belonged to the Castello Sforzesca. They used them as the ceremonial parade where the king admired its military parades.

Currently, it is a lovely green space in which the inhabitants of this city come to relax. It is a place to rest for a moment and enjoy nature in its beauty.

Parco Sempione with Arco della Pace, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Parco Sempione with Arco della Pace by Dzhingarova

Via Dante

If the visitor is looking for a wonderful place to take a stroll in Milan, Via Dante is the place. It is situated between the Sforzero Castle and Piazza Cordusio.

The street is wide and there are no cars allowed. You can enter shops, restaurants and bars for a complete cosmopolitan experience.

Via Dante, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Via Dante by Chris Yunker

Palazzo Reale – Museo Duomo

The Old Town hall, also known as the Royal Palace, hosts the city hall of Milan since 1138. Palazzo Reale is finished in the neo-Classical architectural style because it was transformed in the 18th Century.

This palace is graceful and it goes beyond its functional state to a more artistic purpose.

Palazzo Reale, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Palazzo Reale by Renaud Camus

Leonardo Da Vinci Statue

Leonardo Da Vinci is an important figure in Milan. There is no wonder that Pietro Magni made a monument representing the artist and his disciples.

The sculpture dates back to 1872 and it is placed in the Piazza della Scala. The visitor cannot miss it and pay his homage to this man of genius.

Leonardo Da Vinci Statue, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Leonardo Da Vinci Statue by Huw

Museum Poldi Pozzoli

Museum Poldi Pozzoli is a beautiful building that hosts some of the best paintings of the Renaissance artists. The interiors impressed through luxury and harmony.

The museum has a large collection of paintings by Giovanni Bellini and other famous Italian painters. It is surely worth a thorough visit in order to see all the works of art.

Torre Velasca

If you want to visit a building of unique design, Torre Velasca is certainly one of them. You can admire it from the rooftop of the Duomo and you will see its beauty and uniqueness.

The tower is open for visiting as it is a combination of residential and commercial parts.

Torre Velasca, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Torre Velasca by Andrea Costa

Stazione Centrale – Railway Station

You do not need to take the train to or from Milan in order to admire the wonderful Stazione Centrale. You can just simply pay it a visit because it is a building of impressive beauty.

It can be seen as one of the most extraordinary and elegant stations in all of Italy.

Stazione Centrale, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Stazione Centrale by Chris Brown

Aquarium

Milan’s Aquarium is probably one of the largest in the entire Italy. It houses about 36 pools with lots of species of marine animals.

Over 100 types of fish can be found here. The aquarium has special environments for all sorts of marine life and they are impressive to the visitors.

Aquarium, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Aquarium by Sarah

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Founded by the famous cardinal Federico Borromeo, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana forms together with the adjacent Library a place where art is at its real home.

In these days, the Pinacoteca is considered among the best fine art museums and art galleries in the entire Italy. It is worth a long visit to admire all the wonderful works of art.

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana by Welleschik

Cimitero monumentale

A graveyard known as Cimitero monumentale has something unique that is worth visiting. It is not that far away from the Garibaldi Station.

You will be amazed to see the impressive tombs that the wealthy citizens of Milan have constructed. Most tombs have some lavishing ornaments that adorn them with the finest sense of art.

Cimitero monumentale, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Cimitero monumentale by Mike and Annabel Beales

Day Trip to Como

If you want to get the best out of Como, you should go there for one day. The trip by train takes about an hour, but it is so worth it. The place is interesting and if you want a real scent of the location, you should go on Thursday, as it is market day.

Lago di Como, Lombardy, Italy
Lago di Como by Juri

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