Not to be missed: Top 12 tourist attractions in Milano
What you absolutely must not miss on your holiday in Milano? Whether it's just for a weekend or several days, be sure to include these 12 attractions on your list!
1. Duomo, Cathedral of Milan
The view from the lofty spires of Milano’s Duomo is an experience not to be missed; indeed the entire cathedral is an extraordinary narration of six centuries of history conveyed in the smooth marble from Candoglia, the light filtering into the aisles and the countless ancient statues.
Nowadays the Castello Sforzesco, the city’s fifteenth-century defensive fortress, is a place to admire innumerable works of art - from the Pietà Rondanini to Leonardo's frescos - and also a place to enjoy pausing in the courtyards embraced by the massive walls.
The elegance of the Milan "Salotto" par excellence, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, is a pleasure to be walked through without haste, wrapped in the glass and steel dome of its "Ottagono", accompanied by the charm of its windows.
The heart of Milanese exclusive shopping is very close to the city centre - in the area between via della Spiga, via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni and Corso Venezia - with the designer labels that have made la moda and Made in Italy style famous worldwide.
Amongst the hidden wonders of Milano, between the ancient city centre and the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, stands the church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore that enchants visitors with its wooden choir and the unexpected beauty of its frescoes.
Set in one of the most charming city neighbourhoods, the Pinacoteca di Brera is considered as one of the most popular art collections in Europe; not to be missed are the magnificent works by Mantegna, Raphael, Bellini, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio and Hayez.
Since 1778, the operas and ballets at La Scala have provided exhilarating emotions for enraptured audiences; its famous stage has hosted the greatest artists - from Arturo Toscanini to Claudio Abbado and the magnificent voice of the iconic Maria Callas.
The Navigli district is the ideal place for a romantic evening stroll along the city’s waterways, both for the once-a-month date with the bustling antiques market or for an easy chill-out at one of the many restaurants and bars.
Milano’s state-of-the-art architecture and its vibrant nightlife scene come together amongst the skyscrapers of Piazza Gae Aulenti and Corso Como - the perfect place for gazing in awe at the Vertical Forest and enjoying a happy hour with friends.
With its four-sided portico that welcomes the visitors and the evocative remains of its early Christian church, the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio is one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture in Lombardy.
12. The ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ National Museum of Science and Technology
Milano offers the thrill of delving into a submarine, climbing aboard a steam engine, uncovering the secrets of Space and admiring Leonardo da Vinci models all in one place: the renowned Science and Technology Museum.