Milan is known as the fashion capital of Italy but its historic center holds many interesting sights.
Milan’s Duomo, or cathedral, is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral and Europe’s third largest church — be sure to go up to the roof for a close-up look at the hundreds of gargoyles and statues as well as great views of the city.
Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, in the Church of Santa Maria della Grazie, is one of Italy’s most famous art works but you’ll need to reserve tickets ahead as tickets to see it sell out quickly. La Scala Opera House, built in 1778, is one of Italy’s historic theaters. The city holds many cultural events and there’s a thriving nightlife scene.
The 15th century castle, Castello Sforzesco, has been turned into a museum complex. Michelangelo’s last sculpture, the Rondanini Pieta, is in the art museum. Other museums include the Museum of Ancient Art, a musical instruments display, and the Archeology Museum’s Egyptian and prehistoric artifacts. The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci is housed in a former monastery from the 16th century.
Visit the 4th century church of the city’s patron saint, Sant’Ambrogio, to see beautiful mosaics and interesting carvings.
Of course Milan is a great place for shopping, from the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade built in 1867 to boutique designer fashion shops in the Quadrilatero d’Oro, or Golden Quadrangle, and outlet bargain stores. Find the best places to shop in Milan for Fashionistas.
Explore the sights with a guided tour, Discovering Milan’s Masterpieces or Italy’s Fashion Capital on a Segway. Eat your way through the city on the small group tour, Milan for Foodies, or take a small group cooking class.
To the north are Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and the Alps, making interesting day trips.
Many foreign travelers enter Italy through Malpensa International Airport, to the northwest of the city. Transportation connects the airport to the central train station, a main rail hub for northern Italian cities and destinations.
For more information, please visit Turismo Milano or get one of these guidebooks:
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