It’s the financial capital of Italy and one of the richest one. It’s not as big as Rome, so it’s way easier to move around, either by public means of transport, by bike or just walking around.
In this 2-day itinerary in Milan, you will explore some cultural spots, but we left enough free time for you to enjoy some aperitifs, center of the Milanese social life.
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
- Piazza dei Mercati and Piazza della Scala
- Sforza Castle
- Sempione Parc
- Arch of Peace
- Fashion quadrilateral
- The Last Supper
- Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio
Start with the real gem of this city: the Duomo (Dome). The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. The construction started in 1386. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City), the third largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. Visit the inside of the cathedral and go up to the roof, either by lift or climbing the stairs. From here, you could see all the city center and take a closer look at the spires, each one different from the other.
When you’re done visiting the Dome, walk towards Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Many World-famous brands have their shops inside the gallery, but this place it’s also noteworthy because of its structure and its art.
Take a stroll to Piazza dei Mercanti and Piazza della Scala, where you can see the most famous theatre in Italy. This is the place where all the most important opera and ballet artists usually perform. You can visit it inside or, even better, you can check out the calendar and catch one of the shows.
Continue your tour to Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle), home of the Milanese rulers from the 15th to 18th century. Enjoy the garden nearby, called Parco Sempione, and exit from the other side to see Arco della Pace (Arch of Peace). This arch was built in the 19th century on the rest of the gate of the Roman walls protecting the city of Milan.
You’re done with the first of your 2-day itinerary in Milan! Now, it’s time for an aperitif! Enjoy some local wine or a good spritz.
On your second day, we’ll bring you to the most fashionable district of the city, the so-called Quadrilatero della moda (fashion quadrilateral). Start your day in Via Montenapoleone, where all the most famous brands have their shops. Walk towards Via della Spiga and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II to continue your window-shopping tour.
When your eyes are full of the new fashion trends or your wallet is empty, leave this district to feed your eyes with another kind of art. L’Ultima Cena (The Last Supper) is one of the most famous Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings. This masterpiece features Jesus’ last supper with all the twelve disciples. The painting is housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria
The last must-see church of your 2-day itinerary in Milan is the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio. It’s the most ancient church in the city, built in 379–386.
After that, it’s time for the aperitif! Go to Navigli, the most socialite neighbourhood in Milan, full of bars, typical restaurants and small local designers’ shops. Enjoy the vibes and your last glass of spritz in Milan, before heading to your next destination!