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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.

Things to Do in Milan with Kids

There's fun for all the family wherever you go in Milan. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can do together that are bound to make your getaway memorable:

Free Things to Do in Milan

Escaping to Milan on a budget? The following can be experienced for zip.

Museo Martinitt e Stelline - No matter your age, this gallery will spark your imagination and hold your attention.

Casa Sola Busca - Spend a little time here and learn more about the cultural and artistic side of the region.

Piazza Gae Aulenti - Stop by this landmark and enjoy its distinctive design.

Palazzo Cusani - Feel like you've stepped back in time while discovering the secrets of this historic attraction.

Piazza della Scala - Stop for a while in this vibrant place and experience life as a local resident.

Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense - Plan a visit and learn about the significance of this place to the community.

Basilica di San Simpliciano - Enjoy a little quiet reflection and learn a thing or two about this site's religious importance.

Monte Stella - Relax and let the natural surrounds here soothe your soul.

Orto Botanico di Brera - No matter if you can tell your geraniums from gerberas, you'll find beauty in this glorious display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Milan

Milan Centre

Piazza del Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are top sights in Milan Centre, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Duomo Station or Cordusio Station to see more sights in the area.

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Central Station

Corso Buenos Aires and Viale Monza are top sights in Central Station, and you should be sure to explore the fantastic nightlife. Hop aboard the metro at Caiazzo Station or Central Station to see more sights in the area.

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Centro Storico

Enjoy the popular shops in Centro Storico. Piazza del Duomo is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Cordusio Station or Duomo Station to see more of Milan.

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San Siro

The shopping and restaurants are a few things visitors like about San Siro. Check out San Siro Race Course while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at San Siro Ippodromo Station or Segesta Station to get around town.

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Porta Garibaldi

Porta Garibaldi is a destination travelers like for its art galleries, and you might hop aboard the metro at Monumentale Station or Garibaldi Station to explore sights like Corso Como.

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Navigli

Navigli is a destination travelers like for its art galleries, and you might hop aboard the metro at Milan Romolo Station or Romolo Station to explore sights like Via Tortona.

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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?

If it's pouring with rain during your stay, dry off your umbrella and try your hand at a couple of these excellent indoor activities:

What is Milan famous for?

Cathedral of Milan lives up to its reputation as an iconic sight you simply can't miss.

What should I not miss in Milan?

You'll want to put these attractions at the top of your must-see list to make the most of your visit:

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

Are there cheap things to do in Milan?

If you're traveling on a tight budget, add the following low-cost activities and tours to your to-do list:

What can you do in Milan for free?

Your break in Milan won't cost an arm and a leg with free things like these to keep you entertained:

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