Introduction to Milan Travel

Italy’s second largest city is where old meets new, and where modern Italian fashion, design and food are on show to the world. Milan’s historic center is found in the area around the Piazza del Duomo. This magnificent Gothic cathedral dominates the city skyline and is an emblem of Milan.

From here, the streets radiate out and you’ll find the epicenter of Italian fashion on the Via Montenapoleone  in the Quadrilatero d’Oro. Walk through the Brera district and on to Parco Sempione where the Castello Sforzesco is home to countless Renaissance (without the crowds you’ll find in Rome or Florence). And of course, Milan was home to Leonardo da Vinci. The master left his mark throughout the city – from the canals of the Navigli district to the Duomo itself.

What to see in Milan

Milan is for history and art lovers, foodies and shoppers. While it doesn’t have the immediate beauty of some of Italy’s other famous cities, it makes up for it with fresh takes on old traditions. Milan is where you’ll find modern Italy – looking to the future but always paying respect to her glorious past. 

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Duomo

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Galleria Emmanuele II

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castello sforzesco

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Bosco verticale

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LA SCALA THEATER

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NAVIGLI District

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SAN SIRO STADIUM

Untold Milan

Culture, food, fun, fashion and design. Milan has it all. We love uncovering Milan’s hidden secrets. Here you’ll find cutting-edge modern design next to ancient manuscripts and quirky bars alongside historic stalwarts. It’s the best of modern Italy. Listen to our podcast episode – Milan highlights – to hear all about the must-see sights of Milan but for some Untold Milan travel experiences, coffee lovers in particular should listen to Milan – favorite coffee bars & other places.

Milan Accommodation Guide

Milan is a major financial and business hub as well as a tourist destination. There are hundreds of accommodation options but you should check your travel dates against major events like Milan Fashion Week when rooms sell out quickly. Check our guides to discover the best places to stay on your trip to Milan.

READ: OUR FULL GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN MILAN

Milan Tours and Tickets

Information on skip-the-line tickets to the major attractions, the best tours of the city and unique activities that are sure to make your trip memorable.

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READ: Our guide to How to buy tickets for The Last Supper.

Need itinerary ideas for Milan?

To navigate the many things to see and do in Milan, our 3-day Milan itinerary guide can help you make the most of your time in this stylish city, including the impressive Duomo and Castello Sforzesco, a plethora of galleries and museums, the charming Navigli canal district and the city’s famous shopping scene.

READ: Our suggested 3 day Milan Itinerary

Day Trips from Milan?

Milan travel guide day trips

With many international flights coming into Milan, it is a great start-off point for many trips to Italy, as well as a great base for day trips to places such as Turin, Verona, Cinque Terre and some of the gorgeous Northern Lakes, including the glamourous Lake Como. 

READ: Our guide to the best day trips from Milan

READ: Our guide to taking a Day trip from Milan to Verona.

Getting to Lake Como from Milan

You can reach Lake Como from Milan, quickly and easily by high-speed trains or you can hire a car to help you explore the various towns and villages of this great lake.

Get from Lake Como to Milan

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