Three days are the ideal time for a holiday in Milan. A city that offers an incredible variety of history, attractions and entertainment. This itinerary was designed to make your visit complete and help you find your passions in Milan.

Day 1 - The Duomo, the Scala Theater and the Brera district

The urban layout of Milan is medieval, and develops in concentric rings.

If you imagine it as a cake, the Duomo is the icing in the center and for this reason it is the perfect starting point for a visit to the city.

 

The beauty and grandeur of the building can also be admired from outside: the statues, the spiers and the magnificent marble rose windows are a sight. The Duomo is located in a large square closed to traffic.

To visit inside the church you need to buy the ticket: it is worthwhile to admire the monumental organ, the splendid windows, or stroll on the terraces enjoying a breathtaking view of the city.

 

Piazza Duomo is very close to Piazza Scala: to get there, you pass by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is the lounge room of the Milanese since its inauguration, which took place in 1877.

Here you can find the showcases of high fashion boutiques, but not only: bookstores, historic shops, bars and restaurants that have lived together with the city for a century and a half. Once you have crossed the gallery, you will be in front of the Teatro alla Scala, one of the most important opera, ballet and symphonic music theaters in the world.

 

If at the theater ticket office you can't get a ticket to attend a show, don't worry. Adjacent is the museum, which in addition to exhibiting numerous memorabilia, allows you to access the hall from the gallery. You will then be able to admire the famous stage that was trodden by Maria Callas and the infinite lights of the central chandelier. (NB: this is only possible if no shows, events open to the public or rehearsals are in progress)

 

Via Brera begins from Piazza della Scala, leading to the elegant district of the same name.

Walking through the pedestrian alleys, you will find yourself in what used to be the artists' neighborhood, where you could still meet a fortune teller, or a painter who creates and exhibits his works directly on the street.

Bars and restaurants put the tables outside on sunny days: it is ideal for enjoying a quiet break.

As for the shops, we can find from small curious shops, to art galleries, to fashion ateliers that blend craftsmanship and refined taste.

 

In this picturesque context, the Pinacoteca di Brera represents an essential stop. If you want to find out more about the treasures kept in this unique art collection, find the dedicated article here.

Day 2 - Leonardo da Vinci and an afternoon shopping around

LEONARDO

 

 

Leonardo da Vinci has lived in Milan for over 20 years. The city is rich in history, works and attractions related to his genius, being the place where he lived the longest.

The unmissable destination is the famous fresco The Last Supper, located in the refectory of the convent adjacent to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

The Last Supper is a very fragile work and the entrances to visit it are numbered.
For this it is necessary to plan the visit well in advance.
Find out how to buy tickets at this link.

 

SHOPPING

 

Milan is one of the world capitals of fashion.

The most famous Italian high fashion brands were born here and every year the most important fashion shows of the new seasonal men's and women's collections are held during the dedicated Fashion Weeks.

But Milan is also a shopper's paradise.

Piazza Duomo is the ideal starting point for the Milan fashion and shopping tour.

Along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, among the many shops you will find La Rinascente, a high-level, refined and well-stocked department store, developed on 8 floors, each of which is dedicated to a particular product sector: starting from beauty and makeup, passing through women's fashion, men's clothing, accessories for the home, kitchen and table, to get to food.

 

On the top floor you will find a rooftop where you can admire the Duomo.

 

Continuing along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II you reach the famous Fashion District, “Quadrilatero della Moda”, made up of Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia.

 

The heart of the neighborhood is via Monte Napoleone: its refined and elegant style, but at the same time sober and discreet is unique in the world.

 

The neighborhood is also enriched by elegant internal streets, such as Via Borgospesso, Via Santo Spirito, Via Gesù, Via Sant'Andrea, Via Bagutta and Via Verri. The whole area is also lively from a cultural point of view; among the various historical and architecturally prestigious buildings we can count: the Poldi Pezzoli and Bagatti Valsecchi House-Museum, with their precious collections of works of art.

 

Shopping in Milan is not only high fashion brands: Corso Buenos Aires, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via Torino, Corso Magenta, Corso Vercelli and City Life offer km of shops suitable for all budgets and all tastes.

 

If, instead, you’d love to delve into a Milanese museum dedicated to the history of fashion, then Palazzo Morando is definitely worth a visit. The fashion art Armani Silos space and the contemporary temple of art Fondazione Prada are iconic and archetypal city venues, each with a specific identity.

The Armani Silos permanent exhibition celebrates the timeless elegance of the great fashion house alongside the venues current exhibitions. Fondazione Prada is an exceptional cultural complex hosting contemporary and thought-provoking events.

Both of these institutions have been created within industrial heritage locations of great architectural and aesthetic value and are highly recommended to visit.

The third day in Milan: follow your passions!

Milan, the world capital of fashion, is a city where the allure of tradition meets modern innovation. Every type of traveller is catered for whether you are looking for ancient history, modern and contemporary art, historic buildings, skyscrapers, shopping, good food, Italian design, sport or tranquil trips to nearby neighbouring areas like Lake Como or the wine areas of Franciacorta. If you’re lucky enough to spend several days in Milan, rest assured that the city has so much to offer that, whatever your interests are, you can count on a wide range of activities and experiences.

 

 

Below are the best suggestions for thematic areas of interest:

LEONARDO DA VINCI

 

Top of everyone’s list is the unmissable Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Last Supper fresco but if you also want to find out more about the famous Italian master here are the best places to visit:

 

The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci

 

The museum houses the largest permanent exhibition in the world dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s technical and scientific studies with over 170 items (70 models and historical replicas, 33 natural specimens, 18 ancient volumes, 17 casts, 14 frescos and paintings, 6 ancient artefacts, 13 historical facsimiles) and 39 multimedia installations.

 

 

- The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana art gallery

 

Step inside to admire some of Leonardo's paintings, as well as notes and drawings from his working sketch book and diary, the famous Codex Atlanticus.

 

- Casa Di Leonardo - Leonardo's Vineyard Museum

 

Another noteworthy treasure is the place where the artist cultivated his passion for viticulture and where he resided when he was completing the Last Supper.

 

BASILICAS, CHURCHES AND ANCIENT ART:

 

If you wish to admire the masterpieces of the greatest Renaissance artists and visit Milan in the time of the Roman Empire, the places par excellence are:

 

- Basilica of San Lorenzo

 

The Basilica of San Lorenzo has a centuries-old history and overlooks one of the most beautiful piazzas in the city characterized by the tall Corinthian colonnade, dating back to the Roman Empire period.

 

- Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

 

One of Milan’s iconic symbols, an impressive Romanesque church with 1000 years of history dedicated to the city’s patron saint.

 

- Church of San Maurizio al Maggiore

 

Also known as "the Sistine chapel of Milan", this church close to the historic centre is known for its breath-taking artwork, awe-inspiring frescos and luxurious gold embellished interior.

 

CONTEMPORAARY ART MUSEUMS

 

During the 1900s, Milan became the Italian capital of modern art. The major museums conserve works from the most important contemporary Italian artists.

 

- Museo del Novecento

 

The Museo del Novecento, overlooking Piazza Duomo, is a wonderful place to admire masterpieces by great Italian twentieth-century artists from Modigliani to De Chirico, Fontana and Manzoni. Bonus: the view of the city and the Duomo from the window is spectacular!

 

- Fondazione Prada (Prada Foundation)

 

This art venue is an architectural gem; it re-imagines the museum experience with permanent collection and contemporary exhibitions that have a strongly international slant.

 

- Hangar Bicocca

 

HangarBicocca is a major public exhibition complex with free entry. In addition to the permanent installations, the vastness of the former industrial plant lends itself to exhibitions of large-scale artworks.

 

MILAN’S DESIGN DISTRICTS

 

If you’re on the lookout for iconic and Insta-worthy places with the wow factor you’ll be enraptured by the magnificence of these Milanese gems.

 

- Castello Sforzesco

 

 

The Castle, located in the city centre, was the citadel of power of the ancient lords of Milan. With over 600 years of history it conserves artistic treasures by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. The grounds and large internal courtyards are also easily accessible on foot and give a wonderful view of Parco Sempione and the neoclassical Arch of Peace.

 

 

- Monumental cemetary

 

In addition to the impressive tombs dedicated to legendary characters in Milan’s history, the open-air museum is adorned with stunning sculptures and gardens.

 

- City Life

A new and extremely modern district characterized by three towers by great international archistars, all with a very particular shape: the straight, the crooked and the concave.

 

 

MILAN’S DESIGN DISTRICTS

 

If you want to discover the history of Milanese design and admire some of the most iconic pieces, don’t miss the Triennale di Milano museum, overlooking Parco Sempione.

 

Milan’s Design Week has achieved global fame; the Salone del Mobile trade fair and the satellite FuoriSalone events premiere the latest trends and transform the city into the most creative, innovative and interesting design experience ever!

The Navigli, Tortona and Porta Genova and Brera districts host many of the design week events, as do the studios of many important designers. The new collections and special events transform the areas into a totally unmissable extravaganza - ideal places for lunches, dinners, aperitifs and night-time entertainment!

 

Want to end your Milan stay in style? After a walk, enjoy an aperitif on the canals or in the dockland (Darsena) area at sunset.