The capital of Italy’s Lombardy region is a pulsating metropolis defined by its cosmopolitan culture. Known around the world as a fashion destination, Milan is also Italy’s financial center. With an urban population of more than 5 million residents, it is one of Europe’s largest cities. Milan was partially destroyed during World War II, but countless beautiful, old monuments remain.

Visit Milan’s many stunning churches to discover its rich religious history. In the heart of the city lies the Cathedral of Milan, known to locals as the Duomo. As one of the largest churches in the world, it is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Cross the Piazza del Duomo to reach Santa Maria Delle Grazie, a church and convent that is home to da Vinci’s Last Supper. The Chiesa di San Maurizio features many notable frescoes and hosts Milan’s archaeological museum.

See art without religious context as well. The beautiful Villa Reale is home to two of Milan’s best secular galleries. Browse works by some of today’s best artists at the Contemporary Arts Pavilion, or see masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries at the Modern Art Museum next door. From here it’s just a short walk to the Brera Art Gallery where you can see works by Raphael and Carravagio.

Eat hearty risottos and pastas or visit pizzerias and gelaterias you’ll find on most streets. Italy is known for its aperitifs and wines; enjoy your favorite or sample something new in one of the city’s many bars. Explore the Navigli nightlife district after an event at the Teatro alla Scala to mingle with locals in the fresh air. In summer, the city remains warm throughout the night. In winter, make a trip to the nearby Italian Alps for skiing and snowboarding.

Milan is served by an international airport but can also be reached by train from many European cities. Once in town you’ll find the metro and tram systems easy to use and affordable. Join the locals and walk around, soaking up the style and grace of one of Europe’s most fashionable cities.

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Where to stay in Milan

Porta Romana
Porta Romana, Milan, Italy

Porta Romana

Known for Skyscraper, Shopping, Museum

4/5(9 reviews)

There’s no better place to enjoy the iconic Milanese shopping experience than in this sumptuous district, long frequented by the rich, famous and fashionable.

Bovisa
Bovisa, Milan, Italy

Bovisa

Known for Architecture, Theatre, Live Music

3/5(4 reviews)

Formerly an industrial area, the birthplace of Italian cinema has become increasingly trendy, with eclectic museums, varied shops and art galleries.

Top Hotels in Milan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
4 out of 5
S.S. 336, Ferno, VA
CA $161
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Volandia Museum of Flight and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Castelnovate Ruins. Castle Visconti San Vito ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,534 reviews)

"Great location in the terminal. Comfortable, convenient, great breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2019

Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Uptown Palace
Uptown Palace
4 out of 5
Via Santa Sofia N.10, Milan, MI
CA $164
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

Located in Milan Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Milan, Museo del Duomo and Piazza del Duomo. Palazzo Reale and Porta ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,042 reviews)

"Very friendly staff and great customer service. Nice location too"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2019

Uptown Palace
Hotel Da Vinci
Hotel Da Vinci
4 out of 5
Via Senigallia 6, Milan, MI
CA $69
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

Located in Bruzzano, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Instituto Ortopedico Galeazzi and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Niguarda Ca Granda Hospital. Bovisa Politecnico ...

4/5Very Good! (1,910 reviews)

"Staff was friendly and helpful. Everything was as advertised."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2019

Hotel Da Vinci

Popular things to do in Milan

Cathedral of Milan
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Cathedral of Milan

4.5/5(227 reviews)

The largest church in Italy towers above the city center, where a gold-coated statue of the Madonna watches over Milan.

Piazza del Duomo
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Piazza del Duomo

4.5/5(211 reviews)

Milan’s main square is surrounded by some of the most significant buildings in the city, including one of the world’s oldest shopping malls and the largest church in Italy.

Teatro alla Scala
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Teatro alla Scala

4.5/5(90 reviews)

Enjoy classical music, see a ballet or discover the history of opera at this world famous theater and museum.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4.5/5(134 reviews)

Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are just some of the big names of fashion that you’ll find in one of the world’s oldest shopping centers.

Santa Maria delle Grazie
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Santa Maria delle Grazie

4.5/5(62 reviews)

Behind this beautiful church lies a humble refectory, home to one of the most famous religious paintings in the world.

Castello Sforzesco
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Castello Sforzesco

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Visit the Museum of Ancient Art, be guided through the castle or simply relax in the luscious grounds of this centuries-old fortress.

Top activities in Milan

Historical Tour of Milan & The Last Supper
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Historical Tour of Milan & The Last Supper

CA $99

Stand before da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, a large fresco covering a wall in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Follow your guide on a complete tour of Milan, visiting renowned landmarks like the Sforza Castle, the Piazza dei Mercanti, and the opulent Duomo.

Skip-the-Line Milan's Duomo Underground & Terrace Tour
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Skip-the-Line Milan's Duomo Underground & Terrace Tour

CA $95

Uncover the secrets of underground crypts, listen to intriguing commentary about centuries-old relics, and enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the Duomo di Milano. With a local guide to lead you, skip the lines and explore the sights and stories of this legendary cathedral at the center of Milan.

Lake Como & Bellagio Full-Day Tour
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Lake Como & Bellagio Full-Day Tour

CA $115

North of Milan sits Italy's breathtakingly beautiful Lake District region, with its alpine scenery and pristine bodies of water. Perhaps most well-known is Lake Como, famous as a retreat for A-list stars.

Lake Como with Bellagio & Lugano Day Trip
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Lake Como with Bellagio & Lugano Day Trip

CA $148

Head north from Milan to the picture-perfect resort of Lake Como, with its serene lakeside villas, before exploring “the Pearl of Lake Como”—the town of Bellagio. Later, cross the border into Switzerland to explore the bustling town of Lugano and its scenic lake to top off this incredible day trip.

Combo Saver: Skip-the-Line Duomo & Rooftop Tour
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Combo Saver: Skip-the-Line Duomo & Rooftop Tour

CA $73

Explore the best of Milan’s Gothic cathedral on this comprehensive guided tour of the Duomo and its beautiful rooftop terrace. Visit the dark interiors and the subterranean crypt before heading up to the top to enjoy the stunning panoramic views over the city.

City Sightseeing Milan Hop-on Hop-off
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City Sightseeing Milan Hop-on Hop-off

CA $32

City Sightseeing Milano allows you to discover and visit the Castello Sforzesco, the Basilica of Saint Ambrose, the Parco delle Basiliche and State University, and then continuing towards the Duomo, passing by the Madonnina and reach the Teatro alla Scala.

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