Top Attractions in Milan

Top Attractions in Milan

Although it could be said that Milan is a city with little to see, there are some unmissable sights that make the city a top destination. Discover the most famous monuments to see in Milan.

The capital of Lombardy not only stands out for being one of the most important international fashion centers. The city also has an important monumental legacy, houses remarkable works of art such as The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci and surprises for its exquisite cuisine. Don't know what to see in Milan? Just read on. 

Vista aérea de Milán en un día soleado con las agujas del Duomo emergiendo entre los edificios

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Milan Cathedral

Any visit to Milan has to start in front of its imposing Cathedral. Towering spires, numerous sculptures, and pointed arches stand out on the façade of the Duomo. Did you know that it's one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world? It took almost 600 years to build!

To learn all the secrets of this monument, we recommend joining a guided tour of the Milan Cathedral or booking a tour of the Cathedral that includes admission to the terraces. The latter is a tour that includes access to the panoramic viewpoints located at the top of the cathedral that will take your breath away!

La catedral de Milán en la plaza vacía al atardecer

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

A short distance from the Duomo is an elegant 19th-century gallery decorated with stained glass and wrought iron windows that let in light from the outside. Full of stores, cafes, and restaurants, also highlights the colorful mosaics that decorate the floor and its beautiful frescoes.

Given its fame, this complex is usually a regular stop on any free tour of Milan, as well as on a guided tour or private tour. You can choose the option that best suits your preferences and schedule to get to know this icon of the city of fashion.

Una ventana circular de vidrio y hierro forjado

Teatro alla Scala

After crossing the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II you'll find the Teatro alla Scala, the famous Milan Opera House. Besides being a perfect example of neoclassical architecture, the theater has premiered works by famous composers such as Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi. Its acoustics are truly exceptional.

If you're interested in the world of performing arts, check out a guided tour of the Teatro alla Scala. You'll visit its museum and see the theater boxes, the stage, the stalls, and the main hall of this mythical monument.

Teatro alla Scala por la noche con farolas encendidas en primer plano

Sforza Castle

The Sforza Castle is another must-see tourist attraction in Milan, and a must-see for anyone interested in history, art, and architecture. The construction dates back to the 14th century when Francesco Sforza ordered this fortress to be built on the remains of another ancient medieval castle.

Today it houses a large number of museums and libraries, guarding much of the city's cultural heritage. Some of the best-guided tours that include a stop at this monument are the following:

Guided Tour of the Sforza Castle
Milan Guided City Tour

Patio interior del castillo Sforza con algunos turistas caminando en un día soleado

Monumental Cemetery

This cemetery is the resting place of illustrious personalities, such as Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Alda Merini or Giorgio Gaber, but it's also a work of art in itself. A must-see place, especially if you are going to visit Milan in two days or more. 

Obelisks, mausoleums, and tombs preceded by huge sculptures reflect the funerary culture and artistic style of different periods from the nineteenth century to the present. However, since the Monumental Cemetery is located outside the historic center, it is advisable to go there by public transport or aboard the Milan tourist bus, one of the best ways to get around the city.

Uno de los monumentos funerarios del interior del cementerio de Milán, un obelisco helicoidal de mármol blanco repleto de esculturas

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