The Italian city of Milan is the second city of the country after Rome and it is the capital of the Lombardy region. Milan has no fewer than four million inhabitants and is one of the most popular city break destinations in Italy. Milan breathes fashion and is one of the fashion capitals in the world, but Milan is more than just a shopping city. It is a city where I wandered around and enjoyed the beautiful and historic architecture and the delicious food. What are the best things to do in Milan?
Wondering what I think are the 7 best things to do in Milan?
1. View the city from the roof of the Duomo
The famous Duomo cathedral in the center of Milan is the tourist attraction of the city and on the first place in the list of best things to do in Milan. This is the place where I went first! From the fourteenth century to the twentieth century they built this masterly structure and the cathedral of Milan is certainly a fantastic piece of architecture! The church is 157 meters long, 92 meters wide, 108 meters high and has an area of more than 10,000 square meters and there are only two churches larger in the world.
Visiting the cathedral is free, but what not everyone knows is that you can go to the roof of the cathedral with a lift or the stairs. On the roof of the cathedral you can roam around a bit and enjoy the view and the architecture. I find the innumerable statues on the tower very impressive and from the roof you can admire the statues from up close.
Address: Piazza del Duomo 14
Opening hours: 08:00 to 21:00
Entrance fee: € 8.00 stairs € 13.00 elevator to the roof
2. Piazza del Duomo
The central square in Milan is the Piazza del Duomo and it features impressive architecture and sculptures. Here is the Duomo cathedral and in the center of the square stands a statue of the first king of United Italy and the impressive Royal Palace. Around the square are several shops, restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while you watch the tourists and Italians walking on this busy square.
3. Walk through the Brera district
This is the artists’ quarter of Milan and here it is full of art galleries and antique shops and there are several cozy restaurants and cafes. The atmosphere in the neighborhood is pleasant and I felt it was a Bohemian atmosphere. A walk through this neighborhood is super fun and you will naturally pass interesting places such as eighteenth-century palaces and the old church San Simpliciano. In the museum Pinacoteca Nazional di Brera you will find works of art from the greatest names in the history of art in Italy. You will find this charming district north of the Duomo between Borgonuovo and Broletto.
4. View the shop windows in the Quadrilatero d’Oro
Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and here you will find the expensive shops of Prada, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, and Valentino. For me a bit too expensive to actually buy something here, but I loved to see the shop windows of these stores and to be amazed about the prices.
5. Find peace in the parks
Milan is a busy and hectic city, but fortunately there are a number of parks in the center of the city. The finest park to visit I find the Parco Sempione. This park is beautifully landscaped and has a large number of hiking trails and cycle paths. The park covers 95 hectares and also has a piece of wooded area and a number of fountains and sculptures. There is also a museum in the park and the Torre Branca is a huge watchtower from where you have a panoramic view of the city.
6. Discover the canals of Milan in the Navigli
The canals in Milan are located in the Navigli district. I think this is the most beautiful district of Milan and it consists of narrow streets and charming bridges that run across the canals. This district has nice boutiques, small art galleries and charming restaurants and the nightlife is fantastic. Especially around the channels Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese I found the atmosphere very cozy and it is nice to sit on a terrace later in the evening.
7. Be amazed by “The Last Supper”
The Last Supper is a world-famous mural made by Leonardo da Vinci and shows the Last Supper of Jesus as it is described in the Bible. This painting is 460 by 880 centimeters and you can admire this in the fifteenth-century church Santa Maria delle Grazie. You have to book this visit in advance and you will not get more than 15 minutes to admire it.
Address: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2 (Corso Magenta)
Opening hours: 8:15 am to 7:00 pm
Entrance fee: € 6.50
These are my 7 best things to do in Milan! What do you think are the best things to in Milan?
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