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MilanItaly

One of Europe’s biggest cities is also home of da Vinci’s The Last Supper, global fashion brands and one of the largest churches in the world. 

Milan is a big city defined by its cosmopolitan culture, from fashion and food to art and old-world relics. The capital of northern Italy’s Lombardy region is known around the world as a fashion destination thanks to luxury brand names such as Gucci and Versace, and is also Italy’s financial centre. The city is one of the largest in Europe, with more than 5 million residents. Many buildings were destroyed in Milan during World War II, but you’ll still find countless beautiful old monuments worthy of a postcard perfect picture.

Milan is known for its rich religious history, and centuries-old churches dot the city streets. Visit the Cathedral of Milan, one of the largest churches in the world. Locals call the cathedral in the heart of the city the Duomo. Stand in the shadow of the cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo, a busy square surrounded by picturesque buildings. Across the square you’ll find da Vinci’s famous painting of The Last Supper housed in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie, a church and convent. Nearby, the Chiesa di San Maurizio is known for its frescoes and houses Milan’s archaeological museum.

If you want art without the religious context, head to the beautiful Villa Reale, home to two of Milan’s best galleries. See famous masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries at the Modern Art Museum. The Contemporary Arts Pavilion next door showcases some of the best artists around today. Make the short walk to the Brera Art Gallery to see works by famous Italian painters such as Raphael and Carravagio.

Try rich risottos and pastas, pizza or fresh gelati from restaurants and cafés on nearly every street. Watch world-class opera at the Teatro alla Scala then head to the Navigli nightlife district to drink with locals on terraces along the canal.

Fly to Milan’s international airport or get there by train from many European cities. Navigate the city using the affordable metro and tram systems. Alternatively, do as the locals do and get around on foot to soak up the style of one of Europe’s most fashionable cities.

Where to stay in Milan

Porta Romana, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Porta Romana

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Consider a visit to European Institute of Design and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Porta Romana. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Porta Romana Station or Lodi TIBB Station.

Porta Romana
Porta Vittoria, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Porta Vittoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

You might enjoy the coffee shops while in Porta Vittoria. Palazzina Liberty is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Milan Porta Vittoria Station or Monte Velino Varsavia Station to see more of the city.

Porta Vittoria
Bovisa, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Bovisa

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 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

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 AU$203 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! (2,763 reviews)

"The property is very nice and clean. It's so convenient because it's right next to terminal 1 and a short bus ride away from terminal 2. It's great that you don't have to hassle with shuttles or taxis before a flight."…"

Reviewed on 4 Apr. 2020

Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Bianca Maria Palace Hotel City Center
Bianca Maria Palace Hotel City Center
4 out of 5
Viale Bianca Maria, 4, Milan
The price is AU$180 per night

Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Cinque Giornate, Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory and Palace of Justice. Villa Necchi Campiglio ...

4.4/5Excellent! (786 reviews)

"This hotel was so luxurious! I loved EVERYTHING!!! Breakfast was phenomenal!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2020

Bianca Maria Palace Hotel City Center
Hotel Glam Milano
Hotel Glam Milano
4 out of 5
Piazza Duca D'Aosta 4/6, Milan
The price is AU$974 per night

Located in Central Station, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Teatro alla Scala, Cathedral of Milan and Piazza del Duomo. Santa Maria delle Grazie and Bocconi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,807 reviews)

"Excellent location right opposite Milan Central Station which is very handy for those travelling Italy by train. Staff were friendly and helpful. Overall an enjoyable experience."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

Hotel Glam Milano

Popular places to visit in Milan

Cathedral of Milan
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Cathedral of Milan

4.5/5(105 reviews)

The centrepiece of Milan is also the largest church in Italy, crowned by a gold-coated statue of the Madonna.

Piazza del Duomo
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Piazza del Duomo

4.5/5(116 reviews)

At this central square browse luxury Italian goods in one of the oldest shopping centres in the world or visit the largest church in Italy.

Teatro alla Scala
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Teatro alla Scala

4.5/5(49 reviews)

See opera, ballet or classical music performed on one of the most famous stages in the world at this theatre and museum.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4.5/5(75 reviews)

This beautiful old arcade houses some of the biggest names in fashion, such as Prada and Gucci, alongside traditional restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafés.

Santa Maria delle Grazie
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Santa Maria delle Grazie

4.5/5(36 reviews)

See Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting The Last Supper in this beautiful church and convent complex in the centre of Milan. 

Castello Sforzesco
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Castello Sforzesco

4.5/5(53 reviews)

This centuries-old castle has museums, art and beautiful surrounds that will appeal to culture lovers and history buffs alike.

Top activities in Milan

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

78% of travellers recommend
AU$33
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Milan's Duomo Underground & Terrace Tour
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Skip-the-Line Milan's Duomo Underground & Terrace Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$108
Per adult
MilanoCard
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MilanoCard

AU$18
Per adult
Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise
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Lake Como Full-Day Tour with Cruise

92% of travellers recommend
AU$283
Per adult
Genoa & Portofino Day Trip
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Genoa & Portofino Day Trip

86% of travellers recommend
AU$200
Per adult
Leonardo3 - The World of Leonardo da Vinci
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Leonardo3 - The World of Leonardo da Vinci

86% of travellers recommend
AU$20
Per adult

Reviews of Milan

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
86
5 - Excellent 37.719298245614034%
4 - Good
113
4 - Good 49.56140350877193%
3 - Okay
24
3 - Okay 10.526315789473685%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.7543859649122806%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.43859649122807015%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Jan. 2020

The city from which I flew home. Malpensa airport is a very handy location.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

Well worth a visit but need more time than four days to explore this city and it’s history

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Jan. 2020

Please be aware of pick pocketers at Metro station and even at toilet. They are often in groups and push you around to get to your purse , wallet etc. hold on to them and be aware of strangers saying hello or time to get close to your belongings

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Dec. 2019

A great city to visit with a mix of history and modern features. Metro easy to navigate.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Nov. 2019

It was raining most of the time. Make sure you have an umbrella 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Oct. 2019

We was only in Milan for a short time, as we travelled to Venice, was pre warned about being vigilante and having safety processes.The town looks very interesting and we will endeavor to explore next time.