The Best Milan Itinerary
by Bárbara Bender
I lived for 6 months in the city of Milan, located in the northern region of Italy. Many say that this is a city that is not a must stop and I say the opposite! In this text, I will make you need to visit Milan!
Where to arrive and how to get around:
3 Airports, bus, train, and tram.
The city has 3 airports, I recommend arriving at Malpensa International Airport because it is the largest and the most convenient to reach the city center. The most economical and fast option is the Bus, whit the last stop in the central station, which has a connection to any place of the city by the underground lines or any place of Italy by railways, the passage costs about € 8,00 and is 1h travel to the final destination.
It is not recommended to rent a car to ride inside the city, there are areas allowed only for residents, and the fine for those who ride in the city without permission is salty and the public transportation of the city works very well. The best time to visit is between September and July as temperatures are not so high and not so low, making it pleasant to walk during the day and go out at night at any place of the city.
Milan line red subway
What to visit and where to eat:
Duomo di Milano
Our tour starts at the wonderful and Duomo di Milano, located in the central square of Milano, it is 157m high and fills your eyes with a beautiful view, both day and night, in Christmas season, Valentine’s Day and other commemorative dates The square is all decorated in honor of the occasion, to visit the outside is not necessary to pay anything, but if you want to climb and look inside you pay about € 20.00, I think its worth the view. You can reach the Duomo by metro or tram, the stop is Duomo.
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The second stop is at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is right next to the Duomo. It is a 19th-century shopping arcade and you will find the most elegant shops and restaurants in the city, with a glass vault and several mosaics on its ceiling that represent the continents of the planet, Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Inside the gallery, it is Caffè Biffi, one of the oldest in Milan, but there is also a McDonalds to suit all tastes. There is also one of the best gelaterias in Italy that is a must stop, even for those who do not like ice cream very much, the gelato of Italy is to lick your lips. Leaving the gallery you will face the Piazza Della Scala which is opposite to the famous Teatro Alla Scala, and in the center of the piazza is the monument named after Leonardo Da Vinci.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The next stop is Fontana di Piazza Catello, lovely to take pictures with the Castello Sforzesco in the background. At the entrance of the castle, you will see the original drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci who designed the city of Milan, the castle always has exhibitions, both fixed and movable, some free and some paid. Cross the castle from end to end and you will find yourself in Parco Sempione, a beautiful park that you can even picnic and there is the famous Triennale di Milano, crossing the whole park you will come face to face with the Arco Della Pace, a beautiful monument, also known as Porta Sempione, marks the division of one of the areas of Milan. On the corner is located the Duomo dal 1952, a great place to spend the late afternoon, you buy a drink for € 10.00 and you are entitled to free candy, cake, and savory buffet and with the view of the arch, this is Happy Hour Italian and usually starts after 5 pm.
Fontana di Piazza Catello
Another place to spend late afternoon and night is in Naviglio, it used to be a navigable and interconnected canal around the city, for transport of people and goods, and even for irrigation. Today is a neighborhood for all tastes, surrounded by bars, restaurants, bridges, a beautiful place to take pictures, eat, drink and enjoy the “serata” late afternoon for Italians, already during the day you pose to visit the little shops, markets and art galleries that are there.
Another program is to visit the painting of the Holy Supper, one of the largest and best-known works of art in the world, but because it is a painting done on the wall can only enter groups of 25 people every 15 minutes and the schedules must be scheduled in advance, because they run out very fast, usually opening times 3 months before.
Pinacoteca di Brera
All the museums on the first Sunday of the month are free so if you are in Milan on that day stop at the Pinacoteca di Brera, but arrive early, these days the queues are very large, but it is worth it, the museum is located in a former Jesuit convent of the 16th century and are exhibited great Italian painters like Caravaggio, Bramantino, Piero Della Francesca, Raffaello, Bellini, Mantegna.
Where to shop:
If you are in the mood for shopping or not, you should enter in Italian shops. Enter La Rinascente, it’s in the corner of the Duomo, a 7-story department store, you’ll find everything, women’s fashion, men’s, children’s, makeup, perfumes and even things for the home, the last floor is reserved for the Food & Market restaurant which is open 24 hours a day.
Milan Fashion Square
Milan is the capital of fashion and therefore a must also stop is the Milan Fashion Square, composed of the streets Corso di Porta Venezia, Via Manzoni, Via Montenapoleone and Via Della Spiga, which were then the quadrilateral. In this place you find the largest concentration of designer brands in the world, in addition, it has beautiful architecture and several parallel streets that go unnoticed and often ignored by tourists, are those famous streets of Italy, narrow, where no car passes and the best Photos.
Have you decided that your next trip will be to Milan?