Milan Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Milan
Milan's 14th century DUOMO is one of the world's largest cathedrals. This huge Gothic building has more than 100 spires and thousands of statues, all of which have been cleaned up in the last few years. Facing it is the magnificent GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II shopping arcade, with some of Europe's most elegant and chic shops under its domed roof.
Nearby is the 18th century La Scala Theater, one of the world's most famous opera houses. It includes a theatrical museum and library which you may visit before returning in the evening for an opera or ballet performance.
As Italy's most stylish and design-conscious city, it's only natural that Milan has the country's first museum dedicated to design. The Triennale Design Museum opened in late 2007 and is the site of exhibitions showcasing the best of Italian design.
More contemporary works are found in the CIMAC (CIVICO MUSEO D'ARTE CONTEMPORANEA), presenting the history of 20th century Italian art together with works by international names like Picasso and Matisse.
Leonardo da Vinci's THE LAST SUPPER in Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is one of the world's most reproduced and recognizable paintings. Seeing it is a matter of luck, as only a few visitors are allowed per day, and it's usually fully booked.
Some of the best Italian art is also found in the Pinacoteca di Brera, a museum with masterpieces by Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Raphael among others.
The iconic PIRELLI TOWER is Milan's most famous skyscraper. It was completed in 1959 and was refurbished in 2002 after a small place crashed into it.
Sforzesco Castle is Milan's biggest icon after the cathedral. The original construction is from the 14th century, with restoration works in the 19th century and again following WWII. Today it houses a number of museums, including a gallery showing Michelangelo's last sculpture and the Ancient Art Museum.
Also worth a look is the BASILICA OF SANT'AMBROGIO, one of the city's oldest churches. It was first built in the 4th century, although what you see today is an 11th century Romanesque reconstruction.
Even older is SAN LORENZO MAGGIORE CHURCH, an early-Christian structure from the 4th century with a large dome added centuries later. Inside you can take a look at 5th century mosaics decorating one of the chapels.
Since shopping is Milan's number one activity, a walk around the so-called "Golden Triangle" is a must. That name comes from the fashionable streets VIA DELLA SPIGA, VIA SANT'ANDREA, and VIA MONTENAPOLEONE where you'll find the chic shops of all of the great Italian designers.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Milan and see more of Northern Italy.