Looking for things to do in Milan? We spend the day exploring Milan and came up with a great list of things to do while in the city.
We started the day at the iconic Milan Cathedral (Milan Duomo), checking out the outside of this beautiful structure. We then made our way over to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which has to be one of the most beautiful malls in the world.
After that we grabbed lunch at a nearby deli, and took our sandwiches to a square to eat them.
Later we made our way to Sempione Park, where we walked through the courtyard of Sforza Castle where Leonardo Di Vinci lived for awhile and you can now find some of his artwork.
Lastly we walked up the canals in the Navigli district where we had Aperitivo at a bar.
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If Rome represents the “old” Italy, Milan represents the “new” Italy. Milan is the most modern of all Italian cities, and it still keeps most of its past history intact.
Milan is famous for its wealth of historical and modern sights – the Duomo, one of the biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world, La Scala, one of the best established opera houses in the globe, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an ancient and glamorous arcaded shopping gallery, the Brera art gallery, with some of the finest artistic works in Europe, the Pirelli tower, a majestic example of 1960s modernist Italian architecture, the San Siro, a huge and famed stadium, or the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle and the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica, containing one of the world’s most famous paintings: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
The Duomo is literally at the center of Milan. Streets radiate from the cathedral or circle it. The cathedral occupies a site that has been the most central location in the city since its founding.
The Duomo is the cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity (Santa Maria Nascente), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Archbishop Mario Delpini. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the third largest in the world.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II:
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is sometimes nicknamed “il salotto di Milano” (Milan’s drawing room), is an elegant nineteenth century shopping arcade. It houses numerous restaurants with terraces and some of the most luxurious boutiques of Milan.
If you’re looking for some green space—and off-the-beaten-path sightseeing in Milan—head to Parco Sempione. Located in northwest Milan, this large park (116 acres) is the perfect place to enjoy a walk or run among flowers and greenery, far from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle. But the park, constructed back in 1888, is also full of attractions—including an aquarium, sports stadium, Napoleonic arch, and even a medieval castle.
Sforza Castle is in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remnants of a 14th-century fortification.
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What to do in MILAN, Italy. A Travel Guide.