MilanItaly

Wander the streets of Italy’s stylish northern capital to discover its artistic legacy, its culture of fashion and one of the largest churches in the world.

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.

Where to stay in Milan

Porta Romana, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Porta Romana

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Porta Romana. If sightseeing is on the list, European Institute of Design is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Porta Romana Station or Lodi TIBB Station to see more of the area.

Porta Romana
Bovisa, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Bovisa

3/5(5 area reviews)

The live music and parks are just a few things visitors like about Bovisa. Quanta Sport Village and Museo d'Arte Paolo Pini are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Affori Centro Station or Dergano Station to get around the larger area.

Bovisa
Porta Vittoria, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Porta Vittoria

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Porta Vittoria is a destination travelers like for its coffeehouses, and you might hop aboard the metro at Milan Porta Vittoria Station or Monte Velino Varsavia Station to explore sights like Palazzina Liberty.

Porta Vittoria

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
The price is CA $148 per night

Situated in Ferno, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Volandia Museum of Flight and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Castelnovate Ruins. Castle Visconti San Vito and Basilica ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,704 reviews)

"Servizio impeccabile come sempre, cortesia e gentilezza dello staff ammirevole!"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 30, 2020

Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
43 Station Hotel
43 Station Hotel
3 out of 5
Via Fabio Filzi 43, Milan
The price is CA $68 per night

Located in Central Station, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pirelli Tower, Corso Como and Piazzale Loreto. Corso Buenos Aires and Piazza della Repubblica ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"Good average hotel very clean really friendly staff good location close to Rome train station 5 blocks about 1/2 mile from coliseum 1 block from main road with many restaurants did not like shower very small no bathtub but it is Europe no restaurant 24 hr but they are open for breakfast would recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

43 Station Hotel
NH Collection Milano President
NH Collection Milano President
5 out of 5
Largo Augusto, 10, Milan, MI
The price is CA $215 per night

Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from MUDEC - Museo delle Culture. San Babila Station is 6 minutes by foot and Duomo Station is 10 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"No Parmigiano or prociutto crudo at breakfast. Modern, clean, perfect wifi, very helpful and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 10, 2020

NH Collection Milano President

Popular places to visit in Milan

Cathedral of Milan
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Cathedral of Milan

4.5/5(245 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(229 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.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4.5/5(148 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.

Teatro alla Scala
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Teatro alla Scala

4.5/5(101 reviews)

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

Santa Maria delle Grazie
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Santa Maria delle Grazie

4.5/5(71 reviews)

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

Corso Como
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Corso Como

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Less crowded than Via Torino and the Corso Buenos Aires, this pedestrian street offers an authentic and luxurious Milanese shopping experience.

Top things to do in Milan

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

CA $137
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
City Sightseeing Milan Hop-on Hop-off
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City Sightseeing Milan Hop-on Hop-off

CA $34
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Bernina Express Rail Tour to St. Moritz
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Bernina Express Rail Tour to St. Moritz

CA $198
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Milan's Duomo Underground & Terrace Tour
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Skip-the-Line Milan's Duomo Underground & Terrace Tour

CA $100
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise
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Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise

CA $257
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Milan Cathedral Rooftop Ticket
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Skip the Line: Milan Cathedral Rooftop Ticket

CA $20
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Milan

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
135
5 - Excellent 42.05607476635514%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 48.28660436137071%
3 - Okay
28
3 - Okay 8.722741433021806%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.6230529595015576%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3115264797507788%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

Unfortunately we had to cur our trip to Milan ans the North short due to the coronavirus outbreak

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 20, 2019

A large city with things to see quite spread out but a great base to visit Como Lake and smaller places like Pavia

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 5, 2019

We were expecting Milan to be boring. WE WERE WRONG. Milan is amazing. We went in late October and the weather, although chilly, was a nice break from the southern heat. The sites were beautiful. The people were civilized.

2/5 - Disappointing

Dave

Nov 4, 2019

Rather spent the time in rome

4/5 - Good

JL

Oct 31, 2019

Quick stop but would like to come back next time!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 26, 2019

I really enjoyed seeing Milan and its many attractions would go back again!

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