Milan is famous for its shopping opportunities. Many of Italy’s best-known designers have their flagship stores in Milan, if not their headquarters, and the pedestrian-only Quadrilatero d’Oro makes for excellent window shopping even if you can’t afford the goods inside. But you can’t visit Milan, even if you’re not planning to do much shopping, without going to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – one of the world’s oldest shopping malls.
The modern city of Milan is a magnet for lovers of fashion and anyone involved in banking. But of course the city has a history, and offers so much more than shopping. For instance, did you know that there are Roman ruins in Milan? They’re not as plentiful as elsewhere in Italy, but that might just make them more special.
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In addition to being one of Milan’s biggest public green spaces, Parco Sempione is also home to many museums. Most of the museums in the park are contained within the castle building complex, but there are two more elsewhere in the park that are worth checking out.
Land-locked Milan wouldn’t seem like a natural place for an aquarium, and yet there it is – the little Civic Aquarium of Milan, sitting at one corner of the Parco Sempione. It’s not going to be the focus of a Milan visit, to be sure, but it’s free to enter and can be a brief diversion from all the art galleries and churches on your must-see list.
Milan is truly a unique and upcoming city. A half-day tour of Milan is the perfect way to see all the sites in a compact amount of time, and it finishes early enough to partake in Milan’s famous aperitivo or “happy hour” scene.
One of the main things on nearly every must-see list for visitors to Milan is Leonardo da Vinci’s famous fresco, “The Last Supper.” What many don’t realize before they get to Milan, however, is that the painting can be tough to see if you’re not planning ahead. It’s only possible to see the fragile fresco for 15 minutes before your timed entry is up and you’re ushered out, so tickets are booked up well in advance. With a 15-minute time limit, however, it’s still completely worth it to see “The Last Supper.”
A truly special experience is when you get to know and spend time with someone that originates from where you are visiting. That’s just what I got during my Italian cooking class in Milan. Chef Clara Raimondi opens up her adorable Milanese apartment with a sincere, warm welcome to anyone who is willing to put in a bit of work, make some new friends, and learn how to cook some true Italian food!
If Milan is on your Italy itinerary, chances are good it’s an entry or departure point and not much more. You may decide to spend a day there at the start or end of your trip, simply to avoid rushing to or from the airport, and you might think you aren’t missing anything by staying in an airport hotel and avoiding Milan’s city center altogether. It’s your vacation, of course, but we’d like to offer 14 things you probably didn’t know about Milan that may make you change your mind about this busy city. Who knows, you might just enjoy yourself in Milan.
The most famous painting in Milan is, without question, Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of “The Last Supper” painted on the wall of a former dining hall. But art lovers visiting Milan don’t need to stop with a 15-minute viewing of that fresco – spend a few hours in the spectacular Pinacoteca di Brera to see Milan’s great collection of Italian paintings.