Insider’s Guide To Milan
Milan is known as one of the most fashionable cities in the world, but it also has lots of amazing sights to see and places to go. Here’s our guide to the best places to visit in Milan.
The Duomo di Milano
As the heart of Milan, the Duomo should be your first stop when visiting the city. A walk on the roof offers a close-up of the amazing spires and statues and breathtaking views of the city.
The Golden Triangle
Who could say no to shopping in the world’s most fashionable city? Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga and the streets that run between them, Via San’t Andrea, Via Gesù, Via Borgospesso, are known as the golden triangle and house Milan’s famous designer shops. Window shopping is taken to a whole new level here with beautiful shop interiors and window displays that must be seen in person.
Where to Eat
You can’t visit Italy without enjoying the local culinary delights. If you are in Milan, avoid touristy restaurants, as there are lots of smaller restaurants that prepare delicious food right in the heart of the city centre. Restaurants close to the Duomo include Al Cantinone, one of the oldest restaurants in Milan at Via Agnello 19, and Al Mercante which features a beautiful outside terrace, at Piazza Mercanti 17. If you’re looking for something a little touristy that’s still authentic, try the ATMosfera restaurant tram: dining in a classical tram while riding through the city.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
This 18th century glass and iron covered gallery houses many beautiful shops, restaurants and cafes. The glass roof gives the market an outdoor feel year-round, and the mosaic floor showcases emblems representing the cities of Milan, Rome, Florence and Turin. If you want to return to Milan, it’s said to place your heel on the emblem of Turin–the bull–and rotate clockwise!
Leonardo’s Last Supper & Santa Maria delle Grazie
Milan is home to the very famous artwork by Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper. It’s located in the refectory of the monastery next to the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. To ensure a viewing of The Last Supper, book your ticket in advance because they often sell out and cannot be bought onsite. Also try a city tour or guided visit, as these have pre-arranged tickets. Be aware that visitors are only allowed in for 15 minutes, in small groups. Don’t forget to see the church itself for its beautiful Renaissance architecture.
Photo: Rüdiger Wölk, Münster
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