What to do in Milan

Have you ever been in a place that there are so many things to do and see that you don’t even know where to start? Well, Milan can be that city for you. Milan stands out among world tourist destinations because of its amazing architecture, rich culture, full of sights and experiences and lets not even start with the delicious food.

Here are a few reasons why Milan should be at the top of your must-visit list!

milan what to do


Welcome to Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo is one of the most beautiful and famous piazzas in Italy. There you’ll see the amazing and majestic Duomo, which is a must to see in Milan. Trust us, this exceptional and brilliant monument is worth your time.

At the same Piazza, you’ll also see the Cathedral Santa Maria Nascente, which is also known for Milan Cathedral. This impressive church is decorated with 3500 statues and 135 towers.

If you enjoy art, visit the Royal Palace of Milan and check significant national and international temporary art exhibitions that include paintings of artists like Monet and Picasso.

milan what to do

Fashion in Milan

You probably have heard that Milan is recognized internationally as one of the world’s most important fashion capitals, right? And to make your inner Miranda Priestly happy go for a walk in the Galleria de Vittorio Emanuele II. This monument is dedicated to the king who unified Italy and is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.

Known as the city’s living-room, for it popularity as a meeting point in the city centre, the Galleria was built to be an elegant structure that would unite the Cathedral and the Scala Opera House. Since the beginning of the twentieth century the high society of the city attended the Galleria before the spectacles of the Teatro alla Scala.

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Arch of Peace

And Milan would not be complete without an arch, that is why you need to check out the Arch of Peace (Arco della Pace), which is considered the city gate of Milan. Is dated back to the 19th century, located in the Piazza Sempione, the arch is absolutely beautiful.

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What to do in Milan at night

After a full day of sightseeing, the best thing you can do next is going to the Naviglio Grande canal to watch the sunset. Is awesome! Since you’re in the Navigli neighborhood eat some authentic Milanese food, there are many restaurants in the region that serve some of the most delicious seafood in Italy.

You probably want to feel like a local and drink a nice aperitif, aperitivo in Italian, right? Navigli is your place. There are a lot of options for bars and clubs if you’re feeling like extending the night.

You can also take a boat trip on the channels, ride a bike around or just enjoy a nice walk checking art studios, little galleries, and vintage boutiques.

What to eat in Milan

Besides all the typical and amazing traditional Italian dishes, don’t miss the opportunity to try some foods typical of the region. You need to try Ossobuco alla Milanese, which is braised veal shanks with vegetables. The Mondeghli is a unique and extraordinary dish and is similar to meatballs. Also, Risotto Alla Milanese which is saffron rice with onion and the Cotoletta alla Milanese, traditionally fried veal cutlet, and you can also find it with chicken.

Also, check where and what to eat in Milan.

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What else can you do in the city

No visit to Milan would we complete if you didn’t see the amazing Last Supper painted by Leonardo da Vinci. So go to the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie and be amazed by this masterpiece.

One of the most important opera hall in the world, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala is a place you want to include on your list.

What about visiting a castle while you spend your vacation in Milan? The Castello Sforzesco, which also has a museum and the amazing Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, is the second main touristic monument in the city.

Best time to visit Milan

January usually is the coolest month and July is the hottest. If you want nice weather and less crowded places, visit the city from April to May or September to October. Don’t forget to check When is the best time to visit Italy? before booking your trip.

milan what to do

Other things to keep in mind when visiting the city

One of the nicest things about the city is that you can use public transport to visit around, so no need to rent a car.

Remember that in Milan when you order a coffee, generally means a small espresso and when you greet someone you typically give two light kisses on the cheek, from right to left.

And most important of all, book a good tour! You really don’t want to waste your vacation with crappy information and lousy guides. Veditalia is an Italian Tour Operator specialized in English guided tours and experiences all over the Italian territory. Come to check us out!