I’ll be honest, I’ve always told people that I don’t like Milan. My first visit was in 2012 and it was less than glamourous. I’m happy to say though, that I’ve tried again and seen a different side of the city.
I don’t think you need to spend more than a day or two visiting Milan; here are my five key things to see on a city break to Italy’s financial capital.
1. The Last Supper & Santa Maria delle Grazie
It’s bigger than I thought! Make sure you book ahead for your visit to see Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Painted at the end of the 15th century, it was nearly destroyed during the bombing of Milan in WWII, and underwent a 21 year restoration completed in 1999.
Tickets aren’t always easy to come by, but there are lots of walking tours that come with a ticket and guided tour as part of your walk! A great way to see the city.
2. Duomo di Milano
Milan Cathedral still tops the list for me. It’s breathtaking. Make sure to buy your tickets before queuing for entry. There are several options that include visiting the terraces by foot or lift, the church, the museum, and more, all ranging in price. If you just want to wander quietly through the main cathedral, the ticket will cost a mere €2.
Remember to touch Jesus’s left leg on the main door of the Duomo, it brings good luck!
3. Castello Sforzesco
Historically, Sforza Castle was the residence of the Duke of Milan. It’s changed hands and uses many times, and is now home to over a dozen museums. Make sure you visit Michelangelo’s sculpture Rondanini Pietà and the Sala delle Asse painted by Da Vinci.
4. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Named after the first King of Italy, and home to Prada’s first ever store, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a work of art in itself. Wander through for a glimpse of haute couture stores, fashionable people, and beautiful glass ceilings.
5. Try the Wine and Enjoy the View
Of course, try the wine! Many restaurants have sidewalk seating, and there are elevated terraces around the Duomo with amazing views. Grab a seat, some wine, and enjoy.
La vita è bella!