Top Attractions in Milan
Milan is renowned as one of the world’s most important fashion capitals, and little is said about the city’s attractions. This said, it has some remarkable landmarks which are well worth visiting.
Best attractions in Milan
- The Milan Cathedral, called Duomo di Milano in Italian, is one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals located in the heart of the city. It is the most visited attraction in Milan.
- The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is sometimes nicknamed “il salotto di Milano” (Milan’s drawing room). This shopping arcade was designed in the nineteenth century and contains some of the city’s most famous and high-end stores.
- La Scala, in full Teatro alla Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Discover this impressive theatre and its visiting times.
- The Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle in English) was built as a fortress during the fourteenth century. It has become one of the most important landmarks of Milan and houses various museums.
- The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Cenacolo Vinciano) is one of the most renowned paintings in the world. Visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see this stunning depiction.
Our favourite attraction
- Although at first it might not seem as appealing as other attractions in Milan, the Cimitero Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery) is an open-air museum, with numerous beautifully decorated tombs.
Three top places to relax
- Inaugurated on 8 December 2012, the Piazza Gae Aulenti is the center of Milan’s most modern neighborhood and is dedicated to the creative architect Gae Aulenti.
- The Parco Sempione is a large green-space near the Castello Sforzesco. It was built between 1890 and 1893, imitating a typical English garden.
- Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is the second most visited park in Milan. It contains several museums and attractions for children.
Churches and other things to see in Milan
- The Piazza Mercanti is one of the most beautiful squares in Milan. This piazza houses some of the most famous medieval buildings in the world.
- Milano Centrale Railway Station is one of the largest and most spectacular railway stations in Europe. The building mixes Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
- The Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio was consecrated in 387 by St. Ambrose, who it was named after. It was rebuilt during the eleventh century in a Lombard Romanesque style.
- San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore church was designed as part of the convent of the Benedictines, the most important congregation of Milan.
- The Basilica of San Lorenzo was established during the fourth century and is the oldest church in Milan. There are numerous Roman remains from the third century just in front of the church.
- Located in the outskirts of Milan, the Chiaravelle Abbey is one of the prettiest constructions in the city. It is part of the Cistercian monastic complex.
- San Bernardino alle Ossa is a very peculiar church in Milan due to its bizarre and sinister decoration, with a great number of human skulls and bones.