"Milan is beautiful in fog, like a woman with a veil"

Milan is an complete behemoth of a city and has the most inhabited urban area in Italy with 1.3 million people, and 3.2 million in the wider area surrounding principal part of Milan. Some form of social settlement has been existing in the region of Milan for thousands of years and archaeological discoveries date back as far as 222 BC. Certainly at one point, Milan functioned as the center of the Western Roman Empire.

Today Milan deals with an awe-inspiring blend of ancient architecture, contemporary high-rise skyscrapers, all intermingled together with a splash of Italian life. The city is particularly recognized for its wealth of high end fashion retailers and the gorgeous Duomo Cathedral. Enjoy the rich heritage of this bustling metropolis and check out some of the best known gems of Italy over 3 days.

-Day 1-

Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral is a truly colossal structure and is celebrated for its awe-inspiring architecture and took over 600 years to complete.

Situated in the middle of Milan in the self-named Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral was built in 1386 but not formally finished until 1965! With an Italian Gothic style, the front portico of the cathedral is truly splendid and is crowned with innumerable towers, statues and decoration.

The interior is just as ornamental and features some gorgeous stained glass windows teeming with color; additionally in-between the central columns, there is a fantastic exhibition of artwork and some exceptionally detailed statues.

This enormous structure is truly the heart of Milan and no trip to this city is whole without steeping foot inside its huge doors.

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Though the outside of this church is not one of the most famous, it still has an assured allure and elegance – Made in 1497, the church features a Gothic style using red bricks and a huge rear basilica.

This church can be created on the Corso Magenta and sits at the contrasting side of Milan to the Duomo.

Inside the building lies one of the supreme artistic masterworks in the world – The Last Supper by Leonardo di Vinci.

Hailed as a transcendent piece of artwork, this mural portrays the scene of the Last Supper as defined in the Bible.

Through the years this piece of artwork has been dissected and evaluated for its concealed meanings and content.

Come and see this fantastic work of art and wonder at the detail and importance of this iconic depiction.

Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

As you stride into the Grand Gallery, you might contemplate that you were stood inside the arrival hall to an opera house or palace – Not a shopping mall.

But this is fundamentally what the Galleria is – A tremendously lavish and extravagant covered shopping area.

Made in 1877, it positions itself as one of the oldest shopping malls in the planet and was designed by Guiseppe Mengoni.

The cross shaped mall is enclosed via four glass paneled arms that allow in the sunlight seamlessly, whilst the walls and shop fronts are adorned with ornate paneling and stucco artwork.

High-end designer shops line the mall and you can presume to find such names as Prada, Versace and Luis Vuitton – If you are looking for an inexpensive shopping experience, this is definitely not the place!

Castello Sforzesco

This 15th century castle has a significant location in Milan and is set in all-encompassing grounds and gardens. This is a good place to visit and relax in the evenings and night as well.

Made in 1370, the unique design has been adapted and added too greatly but still retains its grace and status of power.

At the anterior of the castle stands a huge brick wall creased with ramparts and frame by a central guard tower.

As you walk through into the central patio, you will notice the great guard towers and the utter size of the castle will astound you.

Aside from the castle itself, there is also a host of small museums and assortments that contain a myriad of interesting relics and historical information about the castle and Milan.

Sant Ambrogio

This antique building is one of the oldest in Milan and was constructed in 379 AD by St. Ambrose.

With a modest Romanesque design, the stylishness of this church has not transformed much since its formation and the city of Milan was built up round it, as it served as a focal point for the native population.

Two large towers border the front frontage and a dominant courtyard is frame via a series of decorative arches.

Due to its age, the interior of the church features some stunning mosaics and sculptures comprising the ceiling of the Oratory and the charming depiction of Christ on one of the domes.

A visit to this church will offer a fine insight into the times gone by of Milan and its religious significance.

-Day 2-

Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology

Leonardo da Vinci was a fabled man of true prodigy and he was much more than an artist – He was a true visionary, and discoverer and an academic.

It is perhaps only fair to expect that a museum named after this man comprises of numerous of his works and a huge gathering of other significant scientific and technological displays.

As one of the supremely important museums in the world, you can assume that you will discover such collections as innumerable model cars formed from da Vinci drawings, restorations of his flying machines, and a surfeit of his drawings, blueprints and drawings.

Aside from works by the man himself, there is also an enormous assortment of significant technical inventions and pieces of revolutionary technology that transformed the world.

Piazza del Duomo

As the most significant Piazza in Milan, the Piazza del Duomo is a vast open communal space that features some remarkable architecture and sculptures.

If you are visiting Milan, this should be your initial point – From here you can view the delightful Duomo and adjacent buildings.

In the epicenter of the square stands a magnificent sculpture of the first King of united Italy – Vittorio Emmanuel, whilst on one side sits the striking Royal palace.

Additionally, there is a host of high-end shops, bistros and bars to frequent – Shop to your heart’s content or relish a coffee whilst watching the droves of tourists and locals go about their day-to-day business.

La Scala Opera

There are limited buildings in the world that have held as many great performers as the Scala Opera.

Situated to the north of the Duomo and the east of Castello Sforzesco this opera house is one of the best in the world and is distinguished for its acoustic qualities and affluence.

Inside the central auditorium the decoration and splendor of the seating and stage is fantastic – 6 tiers of seating and singular boxes frame the stage in a semi-circle and the whole place is bursting with red velvet curtains and gold fittings.

Guided tours are available of the Opera House, but also ponder on purchasing tickets to see a show – An exhilarating and unforgettable evening is promised!

San Siro Stadium

One of the most famous football stadiums in the world, and home to two of the greatest clubs in the history of European and World Football – AC Milan and Inter Milan, this is a must visit for any football fan and also a great place to immerse oneself in the footballing history and culture of the city of Milan.

With a capacity of just over 80,000, it is one of the biggest stadiums in Europe and was one of the important stadiums during FIFA World Cup 1934 and FIFA World Cup 1990. When visiting the stadium, you will see the iconic spherical towers that hold up the gigantic tiers, and the enormous roof that partly covers the ground.

Both AC Milan and Inter Milan play at this extraordinary ground and the atmosphere at their home games is purely unbelievable. So, if you can plan your trip, try to catch a match here for sure apart from taking the Stadium tour which you must remember, does not take place on match days.

-Day 3-

Brera district

This attractive borough is situated to the north of the Duomo separating Borgonuovo and Broletto.

A distinctive Bohemian atmosphere prevails here and the district is packed with art academies, gallerias and affluent restaurants and bars.

The ambiance here is fantastic and you can enjoy a authentic Italian meal, go out for a drink, try a little high-end retail therapy, or simply walk the many cobbled streets and appreciate the architecture.

Walk down the Naviglio Grande

Not many people comprehend that Milan essentially has two canals, one of which is the Naviglio Grande – This canal stretches from the Porta Ticinese to the Ticino river some 50 km to the west.

Built initially in 1177, the canal was operated on for numerous years and continued to grow into what it is today.

The segment of the canal located within the city center is a fantastic place to take a stroll and is lined with long-standing buildings plus a diversity of shops and eateries.

Wander down a section of the waterway and admire this diverse part of Milan that is rarely seen or listed in tourist guides.

Piazza Dei Mercanti

Open for 24 hours, this is one of the coolest places to visit in Milan at night. Formerly a governmental center of the city during the Middle Ages, the Piazza dei Mercanti is an vital part of Milan tourism that offers a prevue of Feudal life in the city at night.

While the 13th-century Broletto Nuovo that once stood at the middle of the piazza now symbolizes the square’s northeast boundary, the buildings look similar to as they did centuries ago. On the southeastern side is the Loggia degli Osii where the city’s establishments once addressed the people from the structure’s terraces. Nowadays, the square is turned into a sparkling Christmas market during the wintertime holidays.

Bosco Verticale

Opened in 2014 and called “the most thrilling new tower in the world,” Milan’s Bosco Verticale, or “vertical forest” comprises two 27-story suburban high-rises swarming with cantilevered balconies and implanted with almost 900 trees and more than 2,000 shrubs and bushes.

The project was planned by architect Stefano Boeri as part of his BioMilano: 6 ideas for a bio-diverse megalopolis. His firm designates the towers as “a model for a sustainable residential building, a plan for metropolitan reforestation that adds to the renaissance of the environment and urban biodiversity.”

 

Pizza Milan

Everyone’s beloved – Pizza. Something you must have when you are in Milan. Let me suggest some of the best places to try it out.

So there are other things to try, but you must have Pizza when you are Milan… It’s one of the world’s beloved foods and the toughest part is going to be choosing which restaurant to eat at when you are in Milan.

Where to go:

Gino Sorbillo, Lievito Madre al Duomo – Largo Corsia dei Servi, 11

Maruzzella – Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan, 3

Piccola Ischia – Via Giovanni Battista Morgagni, 7

 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Gelato

Another one of those outright musts when you are in Milan apart from the plethora of options of dining you might have there littered across the various borough of Milan.

Gelato is just better here and even more so on a warm day. Take a cup, a cone, or a brioche (highly suggested) and take a stroll along the Navigli (the canals). My own favored is pistachio and gianduja from the Gelateria della Musica.

 

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