Top Ten Things To Do In Milan
Milan, the commercial centre of Italy, is the world’s capital of all things catwalk and fashion. Complete the list below, and you’ll enjoy the best Milan has to offer and experience the authentic side to this lovely Italian city.
1. Go shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
With its glass-and-iron roof, magnificent mosaics and floorways made of marble, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s most glamorous and oldest shopping centres. The awe-inspiring structure actually consists of two four-storey arcades sharing a glass dome ceiling. Aside from housing the most luxurious fashion labels like Gucci and Armani, high-end restaurants, and famous cafes, the double arcade is also home to the first-ever Prada store, here since 1913. You’ll definitely have a lovely shopping experience at the Galleria.
If you wish to visit Milan again, look for the mosaics at the gallery’s central floor and spin on the Turin’s coat of arms’ famous bull, as most first-time visitors do, as it’s said to bring good luck.
2. Marvel at the Duomo
The Duomo is undoubtedly Milan’s most iconic landmark. The cathedral took centuries to build and to this day remains the largest and most impressive Gothic building in Italy. Walk around and inside the Duomo to appreciate its sheer size, admire its magnificent stained-glass windows, and marvel at the uniqueness of each of its statues, gargoyles, and figures. For a breathtaking panoramic view of the city, climb the stairs or take the lift to the cathedral’s rooftop terraces.
3. Watch a match or tour San Siro Stadium
Built in 1925 and opened a year later, the San Siro Stadium is home to the Italian football clubs AC Milan and FC Internazionale. Often called the “La Scala of football,” the 80,000-seater stadium has hosted six 1990 World Cup games and several European Cup championship matches. The enthusiastic atmosphere of the stadium during a match is infectious and it is impossible not to get caught up in it. For visitors who do not have the time to watch an actual game, a tour of the San Siro Stadium is also possible.
4. Admire Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’
Leornado Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ or Il Cenacolo is one of Milan’s top tourist attractions. Located at the Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie in Corso Magenta, Da Vinci’s famous mural depicts the last meal Christ shared with his disciples before his crucifixion. Considered one of the most iconic images in the world, ‘The Last Supper’ is a must-see and may probably be the highlight of your visit to Milan.
5. Visit the Museum at La Scala
Your Milan vacation will never be complete without touring La Scala, a famous opera and ballet theatre. Tour the theatre for a peek inside one of the most beautiful opera houses in the planet. Adjoining the La Scala theatre is the museum, where you’ll be able to view the huge collection of costumes, props, set designs, and paintings on display as well as the Biblioteca Livia Simoni, the museum’s ibrary.
6. Browse the Golden Triangle
Milan is the world’s top fashion and shopping destination so it’s just right that you get to browse the Golden Triangle, the area where all the famous and most luxurious shopping streets are. At the Golden Triangle, marvel at the tasteful interiors and fascinating window displays of the top designer shops and luxury brands.
7. Discover Milan’s Canals in the Navigli
Featuring the famous Navigli canals and dotted with shops, art galleries, bars, and restaurants, the area is a big favorite among locals and tourists alike. A gem in concrete-filled Milan, the charming neighborhood is the perfect place for a relaxing evening stroll.
8. Visit Villa Necchi Campiglio
Villa Necchi Campiglio is a 1930s villa that’s been beautifully preserved to retain its original beauty and glamour. Built by Piero Portaluppi, the villa features spacious high-ceiling rooms, a garden, swimming pool, tennis court, and impressive furnishings. Villa Necchi Campiglio is so stunning that it was chosen as the filming location for the 2009 Luca Guadagnino masterpiece ‘I Am Love.”
9. Wander around Pinacoteca di Brera
Featuring a stupendous collection of fine art from the Renaissance period, the Pinacoteca di Brera is Milan’s top art gallery for paintings. Opened in 1809, included in Pinacoteco di Brera’s collection are the paintings by the masters Pierro della Francesca, Raphael, Mantegna, Bellini, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Veronese. The public gallery also houses several paintings by modern artists like Modigliani, De Chirico and Carra.
10. Appreciate Museo del Novecento
Opened in December 2010, the Museo del Novecento is a museum for 20th century art in Milan. Situated near the Duomo in the heart of the city, it features a modest collection of more or less 400 artworks of Italian artists and several foreign artists like Braque, Kandinsky, Matisse, and Picasso. Also housed in the same building, at the third floor, is Giacomo Arengario, a popular bistro that offers a spectacular view of the Duomo.
Gearing up for your vacation in Milan? Make the most of your sojourn by joining any of these top-rated tours and activities by Travezl.com.