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Welcome to Milan

Fashion-forward Milan dazzles with glamour, but Italy’s style capital has more to it than first meets the eye. From the Gothic gargoyles and spires of Milan Duomo to Leonardo da Vinci’s much-loved masterpiece “The Last Supper,” the city boasts plenty of history, art, and culture. Treat yourself to a night of opera at historic La Scala, hit the “aperitivo” hangouts of Navigli for a bright orange spritz, and embrace the Milanese love of shopping with a spree at the flagship stores of Via Montenapoleone.

Top 10 attractions in Milan

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Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

Da Vinci's Last Supper (Il Cenacolo)

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Each day, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (Il Cenacolo) draws hundreds of art-loving visitors to the unassuming refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for just 15 minutes with the painting. Arguably Milan's most famous 15th-century wall mural, you must book entrance tickets in advance or sign up for a guided Milan city tour to see it up close.More
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Milan Duomo

Milan Duomo

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The most exuberant example of Northern Gothic architecture in Italy, the spiky spires and towers of Milan's Duomo (Duomo di Milano) dominate Piazza del Duomo, the city's beating heart. One of the highlights of a visit to the cathedral is the view from the roof, where you can scope out Milan from the highest terrace surrounded by statues. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Italian Alps.More
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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In the fashion capital of Italy, the glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade—one of the oldest in Europe—never goes out of style. Sandwiched by the Milan Duomo on one side and the Piazza di Marino on the other, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a bright and airy 4-story center full of restaurants and shops. Come for the neoclassical architecture; stay for the brands and fresh baked panzerotti.More
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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco)

Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco)

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Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is a medieval fortress built by the Visconti dynasty that became home to Milan’s ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the historic brick castle has massive round battlements, an imposing tower overlooking the central courtyard and surrounding Parco Sempione gardens, and defensive walls designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Today the castle houses a number of world-class museums and galleries.More
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Como-Brunate Funicular Railway (Funicolare Como–Brunate)

Como-Brunate Funicular Railway (Funicolare Como–Brunate)

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This historic single-track funicular railway has been carrying passengers up and down the steep mountain slope between the lakeside city of Como and the village of Brunate since 1894. The 7-minute ride passes through a scenic stretch of countryside with sweeping views over Italy’s Lake Como as far as the Swiss Alps.More
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La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)

La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala)

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La Scala Opera House (Teatro alla Scala), one of the world’s greatest opera houses, has hosted some of Italy’s most famous opera and other performances. Located in downtown Milan, this 18th-century theater and cultural landmark—magnificently restored in 2004—seats many of its 2,000 spectators in elegant boxes adorned with gold leaf and red velvet.More
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Brera

Brera

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Milan boasts a number of trendy neighborhoods thick with hip bars, restaurants, and clubs. Of these, the Brera district—a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and cafés near the Duomo in the city center—is perhaps the most beautiful thanks to its laid-back pace and old-world charm.More
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Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie)

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie)

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Built by Duke Francesco I Sforza and later reworked by Bramante, the modest 15th-century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie) is known for housing one of Italy’s most celebrated works of Renaissance art—Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, which decorates the refectory wall of the adjoining Dominican convent.More
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QC Termemilano

QC Termemilano

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Milan is known for its sophisticated style and unforgiving pace, but that doesn’t mean you can’t slow down and unwind in Italy’s fashion capital. If you need a break, QC Termemilano is an indulgent spa in the heart of the city with thermal baths, steam baths, relaxation rooms, massages, treatments, and more.More
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Brunate

Brunate

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Not all visits to Lake Como are about waterfront towns – a trip up into the hills over the lake to Brunate offers spectacular views. The small hilltop town overlooks not just Lake Como, but the town of Como itself. The two are roughly 1,600 feet apart, so while you won't be dipping your toes in the lake from Brunate, you'll be enjoying views that the people in Como can't see.The Como-Brunate Funicular linking the towns was built in 1894, but you can keep going up even after you reach Brunate – climb the steps to the 1920s lighthouse for an even better view.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Milan

How to Spend 2 Days in Milan

Shopping in Milan

Shopping in Milan

How to Experience Aperitivo in Milan

How to Experience Aperitivo in Milan

Top activities in Milan

Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
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Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
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Bernina Express and Swiss Alps 1 day tour, pick up from hotel.
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Skip the Line: Last Supper Tour in Milan
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Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'
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Last Supper Tickets and Guide

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La Scala Theatre guided experience
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Recent reviews from experiences in Milan

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A Wonderful Walking Tour of Milan
Kurt_C, Oct 2021
Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket
Her English was great and she was very patient and kind with our young grandchildren.
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Duomo guided rooftop tour
Scott_K, Oct 2021
Milan Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Duomo and Rooftop Guided Tour
Both inside and getting to see the rooftop of the cathedral.
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Special intimate tour of hidden gems!
Jennifer_F, Sep 2021
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Milan Private Tour
We walked through all of the neighborhoods and got to see all of the special sights.
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Birds and ears
denise_p, Sep 2021
Secrets And Highlights Of Milan With A Local Insider: Private & Personalized 2hr
It was a fun and interesting walk, I got to see where the Necchi sisters of sewing machine fame lived We are requesting to go on another tour with Simone.
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Fantastic Tour
Olivia_B, Aug 2021
Walking Food Tour of Milan with Tastings
Our guide provided interesting cultural and historical comments throughout the tour, so we felt like we learned a lot about Milan and got to see the city in addition to enjoying a delicious dinner.
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Milan on a time frame
Carina_G, Aug 2021
Last Supper Ticket and Milan Half-Day Tour
A fast and fulfilling way to see the most popular sights in Milan.
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An easy way to visit Lake Como from Milan
Carina_G, Aug 2021
Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip from Milan
A wonderful way to visit Lake Como!
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Great tour, with a geat guide
Avinash_B, Jul 2021
Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
Talked in detail about the history of Milan and the attractions that we visited.
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Fantastic Day in Milan! Our Guide Francesca was fantastic!!!
Yasser_S, Jun 2021
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Milan Private Tour
Best way to see Milan.
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AMAZING!!!!
Eva_M, Nov 2021
Milan Semi-Private Walking Tour with Last Supper and Duomo | MAX 6 people group
Our guide Larissa is very knowledgeable and speaks perfect English.
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Perfect tour with a great guide
Ava_G, Oct 2021
Best of Milan Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket to Duomo & ‘Last Supper’
This is a great tour to do on your first day or soon after you get to Milan, as you will get a good overview of some of the city and it's main attractions.
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Segway around Milan !!
Jose_M, Oct 2021
Milan Segway Tour
True--you will not get into any of the "feature attractions" but you don't want to in this tour--you just want to have fun cruising around on a Segway!
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Highly informative tour, excellently done!
Irena_K, Aug 2021
Last Supper Tickets and Guide
Gianluca presented everything very thoughtfully, logically, coherently, with plenty of detail of historic, artistic and technical aspects, was able to answer all the detailed questions and left us with suggestions on what else to see if interested in Sforza family history and/or Da Vinci's contributions to the Milanese art stage at the time.
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Late Day Tour is worth it!
Nancy_B, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: Leonardo da Vinci Walking Tour of Milan Including 'The Last Supper' Ticket
I observed since our tour time here is exact, then if you have to miss part of the tour, you can still meet up and join the tour to see the Last Supper.
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Välförtjänt besök
Alice_M, Aug 2020
The secrets to learn fresh pasta and tiramisù
I can recomend this to visitors in Milan.
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Must do when in Milan
Linda_F, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Last Supper Tour in Milan
Plan in advance or you won’t be able to see this amazing piece of history.
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Sweet Milano
sigal_b, Feb 2020
Best Street Food Walking Tour
It was a wonderful experience to see milano through food and walking around the street.
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Wonderful walking tour of Milan.
Marana_K, Nov 2019
Milan: Walking Tour of the City Center & Last Supper
What a wonderful way to see the highlights of Milan (including Last Supper), skipping the long lines and getting "inside information" (not always in the guidebooks).
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Maneuvering around Milan
John O, Nov 2019
Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or Vineyard and Milan Duomo Tour
We got to see so much of the central city.
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Milan City Hop on Off tour
diannejt, Nov 2019
Milan City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Excellent way to see the sights of Milan, the tour covered the major places of interest.

All about Milan

When to visit

The semi-annual Milan Fashion Week, held at the tail end of both summer and winter, is the most popular time to visit Milan. During the sweltering month of August, Milanese flock to the Italian lakes and the city all but shuts down. Fall and winter are great for sporting and cultural events—soccer, the Grand Prix, and opera kick off in December.

A local’s pocket guide to Milan

Alessia Sinesi

Alessia was born in Milan's historic Navigli district. She’s a food lover and has sampled most of the city's best restaurants over the years.

The first thing you should do in Milan is...

take the tram to Navigli, which sits alongside the Milanese canals. Once there, take a walk, order a Spritz, and enjoy the Italian happy hour.

A perfect Saturday in Milan...

involves exploring the historic center. Stop by the Duomo, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, Quadrilatero della Moda, Brera District, and Sforzesco Castle, then relax in Sempione Park. Don't forget to try the panzerotti at Luini’s either.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

visiting the National Science and Technology Museum, where you can discover the magnificent permanent exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.

To discover the "real" Milan...

tour the skyscrapers in the Porta Garibaldi area, walk through Piazza Gae Aulenti at the foot of the Garibaldi Towers, or visit the Library of Trees.

For the best view of the city...

head to the Duomo rooftop terrace and enjoy the atmosphere among the spires and gold Madonnina statue. On a clear day, you can see the Alps on the horizon.

One thing people get wrong...

There's more to Milan's shopping than fashion. Fiera di Sinigaglia is the city’s oldest flea market—find everything from second-hand clothing and records to vintage books and coin collections.

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