What to do in Milan

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Milan Attractions

Planning a trip to Milan, Italy can be exciting and confusing with so many wonderful things to do in Milan. The list of must see attractions in Milan, including Milan Cathedral (Duomo), Sforza Castle, Plantario di Milano, and a plethora of museums. There are so many exciting attractions in Milan that it may be difficult to decide on the best places to visit.

You can easily grab a map and wander around the city, letting fate decide what you see first.

There are many Milan tours to choose among, but be sure to visit Santa Maria delle Grazie, a church and covenant that features Leonardo da Vinci's famous fresco, 'The Last Supper' on your own or with a group. This iconic painting features the last meal of Jesus and his apostles and takes up an entire wall of the church. Painted in the 15th Century, this fresco requires constant restoration due to the use of oil paints and damage from natural light. Tourist line up to visit da Vinci's masterpiece, so plan to arrive early.

With so many great Milan activities, you may want to spend some time enjoying some local folklore. If you are looking a year of good luck, then a visit to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II may be in order. In the world's oldest shopping mall, you will find an odd tradition. Locals and visitors alike find the mosaic of the bull and spin on his testicles to receive a year of good luck. Yes, this is a time-honored tradition in Milan, the Moral Capital of Italy. After your spin on the bull, spend an afternoon indulging in some of Milan's world famous shopping in this four story mall.

With so many great Milan excursions, it may be hard to decide what to do first among the city's top attractions. Enjoy an afternoon in the Parco Sempione or the Giardini Pubblici both great parks for relaxing or people watching. There are many great attractions like: Basilica Sant' Ambrogio, La Scala Opera House and Museum, and Pinacoteca di Brera. No matter which hot spots in Milan you decide to visit you are sure to have a wonderful time and leave with many great memories.

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What to do in Milan

Free Things to Do in Milan

They say the best things in life are free. Be sure to explore the following around Milan:

Museo Martinitt e Stelline - Find out if there are any special exhibits or tours on at this interesting museum.

Casa Sola Busca - This is a fantastic place to get your culture fix and find out about the local arts scene.

Piazza Gae Aulenti - Take in the innovation and design of this impressive example of modernistic architecture.

Palazzo Cusani - Come to grips with some of the interesting history of the area through this site.

Piazza della Scala - Hang out for a while in this lively destination and experience life as a local.

Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense - Pull out your guidebook and find out why this place is worth a spot on your to-do list.

Basilica di San Simpliciano - Take a moment for some prayer or meditation at this revered religious site.

Monte Stella - Take your camera and let nature capture your imagination.

Orto Botanico di Brera - Cultivate your green thumb and appreciate the diverse range of plants on show.

Things to Do in Milan with Kids

There are lots of outstanding experiences in Milan that the whole gang will enjoy. These are some of the best family friendly experiences around.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Milan on a sunny day?
What to do in Milan on a rainy day?
Dive into one or two of these great indoor activities and turn a dreary, rainy day into something memorable:

What is Milan famous for?
Take a family happy snap at Cathedral of Milan — it’s a big-name attraction.
What should I not miss in Milan?
If you want to explore the best of this destination, pencil these attractions into your schedule:

  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Are there cheap things to do in Milan?
There are tons of activities and tours here that are just the thing if you’re traveling on a budget:

What can you do in Milan for free?
You could even leave your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Sempione Park
  • Arco della Pace

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