A city rich in history and culture, smart and innovative, where you can find historical monuments, some of the most important theaters and museums in Europe, together with modern buildings designed by internationally renowned architects.
World capital of fashion and design, high quality shopping and haute cuisine, we are certain that Milan will surprise you with its vibrant hospitality.
Here below please find some suggestions to discover and enjoy Milan!
The Duomo’s exterior is an upwardly thrusting collection of pinnacles, elongated statues and buttresses. The central spire is topped by a gilt statue of the Madonna, called the Madonnina.
Inside one of the world’s largest churches, it takes a few moments for your eyes to adjust to the candle-lit ambiance as you take in the cathedral’s nave, altars, aisles and stained-glass windows.
One of the highlights of a visit to the cathedral is the view from the roof – on a clear day you can see the Italian Alps. Take the steps if you’re fit (or the lift if you’re not) to peer over the city of Milan, surrounded by statues and spiky towers.
Metro station: Duomo
Hours: Open daily 7am - 7pm. Museum open Tues - Sun: 9:30am - 12:30pm, 3pm 6pm
Roof Admission: € 4 by stairs, € 6 with elevator. Other areas have separate entrance fees
Completed in 1877, the cross-shaped shopping mall is one of the world’s most elegant covered shopping arcades, thanks to its iron and glass curved roof, and the floor is patterned in marble mosaic tiles.
By the top of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele You'll be also to See Milan and its most iconical places: visit the web site www.highlinegalleria.com for more information and tickets
Metro station: Duomo
Shops Hours: Open daily, 9am - 9pm
The word “scala” means “staircase” in Italian, but the theater gets its name because it was built on the site where the church of Santa Maria alla Scala once stood. The exterior of the opera house may not be as impressive as the nearby cathedral, but a walk through its historic halls is a must for any music lover.
The theater at La Scala holds more than 3,000 spectators, and three walls are made up of those quintessentially old-world theater boxes. The walls are adorned with gold and the boxes are lined with red velvet. It’s an impressive sight, whether you’re an opera lover or not.
Although La Scala’s opera season isn’t year-round (and even if you aren’t interested in seeing a performance) you can still get a peek inside and visit La Scala’s museum, which is inside the opera house. The historic pieces on display aren’t likely to be of too much interest (unless you’re a serious opera fan), but if your museum visit doesn’t coincide with a rehearsal on the main stage then you get to walk into one of the theater’s red velvet boxes for a few minutes. This is the highlight of the museum, so be sure to ask at the ticket window if the theater is open to visitors before you go in.
Metro station: Duomo
Admission: Opera tickets: more info www.teatroallascala.org - Museum tickets: €6
The castle was built by the earlier Visconti dynasty, but became home to the ruling Sforza family in 1450. Stark and domineering, the castle is propped up with massive round battlements, and a stepped tower overlooks the central courtyard and gardens. Leonardo da Vinci helped design the defensive walls.
Today the castle houses a handful of excellent museums and galleries.
Address: The Castello Sforzesco is at the northern end of Via Dante, which runs off the western end of central Piazza del Duomo.
Metro stations: Lanza, Cairoli and Cadorna Triennale.
Hours: Open Daily 7am - 7pm in Summer (until 6pm in Winter). Museums open 9am - 5:30pm Tues - Sun, closed on holidays.
Admission to museums: € 3
Gracing the wall of the refectory next to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie on the western outskirts of central Milan, the mural dramatically represents the moment when Jesus predicts that one of his Apostles will betray him. It has suffered dreadfully over the centuries from the depredations of war and poor restorations. A recent restoration was completed in 1999, toning down the gaudy colors of previous restorations to more subdued pastels.
the Last Supper is incredibly popular, and it can be very difficult to get access. Tickets must be purchased in advance
Address: Piazza della Maria delle Grazie 2
The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is located between two metro stations: Cadorna Triennale and Conciliazone. It’s a 15-minute walk from the Duomo or a quick taxi ride.
Hours: Tues-Sun 8:15am-7pm. Closed Mondays,
In addition to the Academy of Fine Arts, the district also hosts several churches and a number of interesting galleries and antique shops, Brera is also very well known for its nightlife: pubs, window displays, stalls and quaint fortune tellers meld with important places of culture.
Metro station: Lanza
This urban revitalization scheme involved several internationally renowned architectural firms (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associated, Boeri Studio and others), creating a ‘virtuous’ link with the Garibaldi and Isola districts, among some of the most vibrant and interesting in the city, renowned for their cultural assets and nightlife scene, and the Varesine district, which have been reconnected and embellished by pedestrian areas, cycling tracks and green spaces. Hi-tech stores, arcades, bookstores, bars and cafés, pizzerias and discotheques: a totally new area for Milan, and the Milanese.
The heart of the area is the large raised square erected next to the Garibaldi railway station, dedicated to architect and designer Gae Aulenti and crowned by three glass skyscrapers designed by César Pelli, including the Unicredit tower, the highest building in Italy. Towards the south, a walkway connects it to the ultra-trendy Corso Como, piazza XXV Aprile (home to the Eataly building, a haven of high-quality cuisine) and, just beyond it, to the Garibaldi district, renowned for its viby nightlife. Towards the north, a pedestrian boulevard and a cycling track connect it to the Isola district, a new, up-and-coming cultural hub, dotted with small restaurants and venues where you can listen to a great selection of upbeat music. Towards the east, the brand new Business Centre and the residential towers of the Varesine district.
From piazza Gae Aulenti, you can enjoy a unique view of the district and the skyline of the new city: just a little further on you will encounter the Vertical Wood, nominated the most innovative highrise in the world at the 2014 Highrise Award, the Diamond Tower with all the new towers of the Porta Nuova Business District, Palazzo Lombardia, the Lombardy Regional Government building and Palazzo Pirelli designed by Giò Ponti.
Metro stations: Porta Garibaldi, Isola
San Siro owns the first Museum in Italy located in a stadium. Inside, an exclusive exhibition tells the history of A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale through a great number of memorabilia which entered into the Worldwide football legend.
Metro stations: San Siro Stadio, Lotto
Explore the city from a different point of view and visit its most popular attractions and places of interest including the Duomo, Castello Sforzesco, Brera artists’ quarter, La Scala, Navigli district, San Siro Stadium and much more.
Tickets can be used for 48 hours.
Tour details: 90 minutes rides
It is in the so-called central "Quadrilateral" area that the major national and global luxury brands have established their businesses over the years.
One of the access points, via Montenapoleone is the most important and luxurious street in Milan and, with the parallel streets - Via della Spiga and via Sant’Andrea, via Gesù, via Santo Spirito - and via Borgospesso running perpendicularly it forms the heart of the district, historically known as the Quattro Borghi. Visitors strolling around the Quadrilateral can delve in a very special atmosphere of elegant showrooms and alluring window displays. Nestled in amongst the boutiques, however, there are also prestigious palazzi that play host to important cultural entities.
The selection, which does not follow a chronological order, tells the story and shows the styles divided by themes, themes that have inspired and continue to inspire the creative work of Giorgio Armani.
via Bergognone, 40 Milan
For more info and booking visit www.armanisilos.com
Getting together in the evening for a drink is a Milanese custom. The Happy Hour is a great way to meetup with friends, partners or colleagues.
Aperitifs can be sipped standing at the bar or whilst lounging on couches at the most ‘in’ locations. Enjoying a leisurely drink in one of the Milan by Night venues is like being in a lounge where you can chill out with friends and listen to smooth background music.
Discover here the city’s best rooftop outdoor dining spots, for an aperitivo with a view over the city’s skyline.
Amongst these is trendy and fashionable Corso Como shopping street which is also an ‘in’ location for dancing and nightlife.
Or historical Brera where the picturesque street corners are frequented by fortune tellers, legendary pubs, fine dining restaurants and lounge bars that all add up to create a unique atmosphere every night.
The Corso Sempione area, with its cult locations, is the privileged meeting place of the young Milanese professionals.
The Isola district also reserves a few surprises. It was once a traditional city neighbourhood characterized by the presence of old factories and workshops but has now become one of the ‘in’ areas on the Milan nightlife scenario. Here you can usually listen to a selection of sublime jazz.
Down on the Navigli you can stop off for a drink on one of the floating barges to eat, drink and savour the typically bohemian atmosphere of the area.
But, in addition to the best-known and tried-and-tested nightlife districts, the city always has something new to reveal; a continuous discovery of new venues that adds even more flavour to the Milanese nights!