Sometimes overlooked and often misunderstood, Milan is a world-class city that truly has something for everyone. Renowned as one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is home to a wealth of surprises and places to explore, no matter what your interest.
If you’re into art and architecture…
Sforza Castle was built in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan. Later renovated and enlarged over the centuries, the castle now houses an impressive collection of museums and art.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century mural, The Last Supper—easily one of the world’s most famous paintings. The mural is painted on the side of the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, and to see it you need to book a ticket—we recommend doing this a few months in advance.
For some of the best views of Milan, take a trip to the top of the Duomo. The fifth largest cathedral in Italy, it costs 8 euro to get to the top on foot or 13 euro if you want to take the elevator.
If you’re into food…
Milan is famous for its risotto, a creamy, cheesy rice dish that was dreamed up here. Milanese risotto uses only a few simple ingredients and gets its vivid yellow color from saffron.
Every day from 7-9pm, Milan celebrates aperitivo—essentially a happy hour where locals indulge in appetizer buffets before eating dinner later that evening. Many cafes, bars and lounges offer buffets with plenty of small bites and cocktails. Try an Aperol spritz or a classic Negroni.
This year, Milan will be hosting the world-famous Milan Expo, a huge gathering of countries to showcase their initiatives for local food production. Tickets are around 40 euro for the whole day, but you can get reduced admission for 5 euro if you plan to arrive after 7pm. The expo lasts from May through October with some 20 million visitors expected. Just be warned: the expo covers a lot of ground, so plan to do lots of walking.
If you’re into fashion…
Many of the world’s most famous fashion designers have gotten their start in Milan, from Armani and Valentino to Versace and Prada. Head to Corso Buenos Aires for some of the best shopping in Europe—with over 350 shops and outlets, you can spend many hours browsing some of the finest designer clothing around.
Have you ever been to Milan? What were your favorite parts?