Two Days in Milano

Discover The Centre, Admire The Genius Of Leonardo And Immerse Yourself In Shopping

So, you have two days to spend in Milano and you’re not sure what to visit? This itinerary was designed to make your visit simply perfect.

Day 1 - The Duomo, La Scala and the historic centre.

Milano urban structure extends in concentric rings, dating back to the medieval period.

It can be imagined like a layered cake that has the magnificent Duomo in the centre which is why it is the ideal starting point for a visit to the city.

Magnificently situated on one side of a large pedestrian piazza, the beauty of the Duomo can be admired from many external vantage points.

If you also wish to visit the stunning interior, with its splendid stained glass windows and the renowned Grand Organ, or stroll on the roof terraces to enjoy a breath-taking view of the city, you can purchase an entry ticket.

Piazza Duomo is connected to Piazza Scala by the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which, since its inauguration in 1877, has been the Milanese ‘drawing room’. Its stunning arcade showcases the top international fashion brands but also historic shops, bookstores, traditional bars and restaurants that have been landmarks of the Milanese lifestyle for 150 years. When you exit the gallery on the far side you’ll be enchanted with a view of La Scala, one of the most important theatres in the world for opera, ballet and symphonic music.

The box office is located at the side of the entrance but if performance tickets are sold out you can always visit the adjacent museum which, in addition to exhibiting priceless music memorabilia, gives you a peek of the theatre from one of the boxes. You’ll be able to admire the famous stage that was once graced by Maria Callas and the infinite lights of the central chandelier. (NB: entry is only permitted if shows, public events or rehearsals are not in progress).

From Piazza della Scala take via Verdi on the right side of the theatre, that leads you to via Brera and to the stylish but artsy pedestrians-only Brera district. Strolling through the narrow alleyways paved with cobblestones, immerse yourself in what was once the artists' quarter, where you might still  meet a fortune teller or a street artist exhibiting works on easels. The upscale shops are cool and quirky: from small artisan boutiques and artefact shops, impeccable vintage, art galleries and, of course, fashion ateliers that uniquely meld craftsmanship and effortless taste. Bars and restaurants set up their tables outdoors creating a graceful street aesthetic to tempt customers to linger. A visit to the Pinacoteca di Brera art gallery and the treasure of masterpieces kept in this unique art collection is certainly not to be missed.

 

Day 2 - Leonardo da Vinci and a shopping

Leonardo da Vinci lived in Milano for over 20 years, the place where he lived the longest, and the city is steeped in the history, masterpieces and legacy of his genius.

Without doubt the most celebrated example of Leonardo’s work is the Last Supper wall painting located in the refectory of the convent annex to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The masterpiece is very fragile and visitors’ entry is limited so advance planning is advised. Find out how to buy tickets for the Ultima Cena.

 

After a morning dedicated to cultural enrichment, we invite you to discover Milano as the world capital of fashion and shopping.

The most famous Italian alta moda brands were established here and, every year, Milan hosts the top seasonal menswear and womenswear fashion weeks with runway shows and collections.

But Milan is not only about haute couture; it’s also a pret-a-porter shopper's paradise. We suggest you to start from Piazza Duomo and walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II which has an endless array of shops including La Rinascente, the famous up-market department store with 8 floors of exclusive ranges each of which is dedicated to a department: starting from the ground-floor beauty counters, to womenswear, menswear, home accessories, kitchen and tableware to, last but not least, the Food Hall and a stunning accessible rooftop terrace where you can admire the architectural intricacy of the Duomo up close.

Continuing along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II you reach the famous Quadrilatero della Moda with all the top international fashion brands’ stores.

The beating heart of this upscale district is super-sophisticated via Monte Napoleone, one of the most expensive retail streets in the world, with its very own refined yet classy style.

The whole area is also culturally vibrant with various historical and architecturally prestigious mansions such as the Poldi Pezzoli and Bagatti Valsecchi-House Museums with their precious collections of artworks, and Palazzo Morando, which houses the museum of fashion, costume and image.

Shopping in Milano is not only about high fashion brands: Corso Buenos Aires, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via Torino, Corso Magenta, Corso Vercelli and the City Life district offer an endless array of shops suitable for all budgets and all tastes.

Two days are not enough to discover all that Milano has to offer: find out how to spend three unforgettable days here.