Last Updated on January 11, 2023
Italy is a treasure trove of abundant splendors, amazing culture, unforgettable history, and delicious foods. Every city has its own charm, every little town has its own flavor of uniqueness – so it is impossible not to fall in love with the entire country, regardless of what place exactly you visit.
Milan is, by far, one of the most visited cities in Italy – and in Europe as well. No matter who you are and what type of traveling you like, you are bound to find Milan absolutely magical and memorable.
What are some of the very best things to do in Milan? We have gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.
1. Duomo di Milano
Say what you may, but this place is a work of art in the fullest and most unaltered sense of the word. Looking at the Dome in Milan will feel almost like an epiphany – it will feel grand while making you feel small, it will feel heightening while making you feel almost like flying.
The Dome has more than 65 meters and its construction was started in the 14th century. The building wasn’t ready until the 15th century, and changes were brought to it and its interiors even late into the 16th century.
You will find the Duomo di Milano at Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano MI, Italy.
Open between 9 am and 7 pm every day.
Tickets for tours cost between 8 Euros and 25 Euros, depending on how extensive you want your tour to be. Overall, it will take approximately one hour to visit this cathedral.
2. Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie
This convent is nothing special when you look at it from the outside, but it is a UNESCO Heritage site. The construction was ready at the end of the 15th century, but four design periods have been implemented since then (with the latest one happening in 1980).
This convent “hides” one of the most precious, beautiful, and significant paintings in the entire Christendom: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci – so you will definitely want to stop by and take a look.
The address of the convent is Piazza di Santa Maria Delle Grazie, 20123 Milano MI, Italy.
You can find it open every day of the week, according to an extensive schedule you can find on their official site.
The ticket entrance to see the Last Supper costs 10 Euros and the visit should take approximately one hour (depending on how much of the convent you want to visit).
3. The Royal Palace of Milan
Milan has a long history of not only religion but royalty as well. As such, it makes sense in the world that they would possess a stunning palace as well.
The Royal Palace of Milan has more than 7,000 square meters, spread across three different floors. Until its completion in the 16th century, the Royals of Milan lived in Castello Sforzesco (another attraction definitely worth visiting) but moved in the Palace as soon as it was done.
You can find the Royal Palace at Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano MI, Italy.
Open from 9:30 am every day except Monday (when it opens at 2:30 pm), and closing at 7:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and at 10:30 pm on Thursday and Saturday.
Tickets range between 6 Euros and 14 Euros, depending on how extensive you want the tour to be. Time to visit will also depend on the same factor.
4. Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
You don’t even have to be passionate about science to see this place, as this is a centrum Mundi of culture, history, and beauty all put together.
The museum was opened in 1953 and it showcases most of da Vinci’s work, split across seven different categories (which range from Transportation to Science for Young People). As you would expect from a point of this much importance in Milan, the building itself is quite attractive as well.
The address of the museum is Via San Vittore, 21, 20123 Milano MI, Italy.
You will find it open every day from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am. During weekdays, the museum closes at 6 pm, but it stays open one more hour during weekends.
Tickets cost between 6 Euros and 10 Euros and the whole visit might take you quite a bit – anything between one hour and multiple, depending on just how much of the museum you want to visit.
5. Corso Buenos Aires
If you want to go to Milan for the shopping opportunities (there are many!), then you absolutely must find yourself on Corso Buenos Aires.
The street stretches over 1.2 kilometers and boasts more than 350 stores and outlets. It is officially the largest concentration of clothing stores in all of Europe – so it’s literally impossible not to fall in love with it, not to want to visit it, not to find something you like here.
There’s no ticket to pay, and the street is alive as long as the stores are open, all day long. You can spend anything between 1 Euro and thousands of Euros here.
You can spend one hour or an entire day, waltzing through the designer creations showcased in the stores and picking the perfect pair of shoes.
A real must-see regardless of how much of a shopper you are!
6. Teatro Alla Scala
This superb, breathtaking opera house was built in the 18th century in a neoclassical style that is typical of Italy (and more specifically, the larger cities in Italy).
Teatro Alla Scala has that grand appearance only a proper Opera House can hold with it: something that’s equally elegant and opulent at the same time, something that almost calls for fancy attires and paper fans waving through the heated air of Italy.
The Opera House can accommodate more than 2,000 people at once.
Full fare tickets cost 9 Euros and you can visit the place from 9 am to 5:30 pm. If you attempt to visit it with a larger group, it is important to call and let them know about this.
Apart from the building and the opera house itself, you will also see some fabulous works of art exhibited in the museum hosted by Teatro Alla Scala, on Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy.
Regardless of how much you love opera, this place is on such a high pedestal of culture and beauty that you simply cannot miss out on it – you will love it almost instantaneously, we promise!
Milan is a place for everyone. Rich in culture and history, with architecture that is beautiful and candid, but also modern and cosmopolitan, this city will earn your heart and never give it back. There’s nothing quite like it because, although it may boast some of the mixtures of culture and modernity as other European cities, Milan has its specific flavor.
If you go to Italy, Milan is a real MUST for everything amazing it will teach and show you, for everything wonderful you will never forget!