Sightseeing in Milan: What to see and where to eat

by Beth Graham
Shopping in Milan Italy

I lived in Milan for 2+ years a little over a decade ago but my love for this city has never waned. It’s easy to get around thanks to public transport and there’s plenty to do on a weekend getaway including a bit of sightseeing in Milan. Unlike some of Italy’s more popular tourist destinations, Milan is not filled with tour stops and ancient ruins to pack your schedule.

Milan may be the world’s fashion capital but there’s much more to this city than haute couture. The city is home to some of Italy’s most famous architecture and art. Here’s your guide to sightseeing in Milan.

Shopping in Milan

Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga are the height of Milan’s fashion district and home tom some of the world’s most famous designer storefronts including Prada, Bulgari, Tod’s, Hermes, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. You’ll enjoy the window shopping and people watching equally.

The famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is an open air shopping arcade that opened in 1867 featuring the most intricate glasswork on the ceiling.

Sightseeing in Milan

Piazza del Duomo is the most famous site in Milan and home of the city’s duomo, the third largest church in all of Europe. It took more than 500 years to construct this wonder with its imposing white marble facade. Take time to stroll the interior and allow yourself time to visit the rooftop that offers 360º views.

A quick walk from the duomo will take you the world famous opera house, La Scala.

La Scala opera house in Milan Italy

Hop on board Milan’s historic tram to view Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper (you will need an appointment and it is recommended that you book tickets at least two months in advance).

Dining in Milan

Another quick walk from the duomo is Peck, the most elaborate deli you’ll ever see.

Wind down your day at one of the many coffee bars for aperitivo. It’s the Milanese version of happy hour where you can enjoy a glass of Barolo and help yourself to an expansive spread of tapas.

If you’re looking for an authentic Northern Italian meal, dine at Trattoria Milanese. Since 1933, this iconic restaurant has been serving authentic Risotto alla Milanese and decadent Osso Buco.

Brera district, and enjoy an al fresco lunch at one of the neighborhood’s outdoor cafes. It’s hard to go wrong at any of the district’s fashionable eateries.

You can read more about Milan in this article originally published in Luxe Getaways.

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