MilanItaly

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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

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Milan Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(373 area reviews)

Piazza del Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are top sights in Milan Centre, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Duomo Station or Cordusio Station to see more sights in the area.

Milan Centre
Porta Garibaldi, Milan, Italy

Porta Garibaldi

4/5Very Good!(43 area reviews)

You might enjoy the art galleries while in Porta Garibaldi. Corso Como is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Monumentale Station or Garibaldi Station to see more of the city.

Porta Garibaldi
San Siro, Milan, Italy
trover photo by Ian Hall

San Siro

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

The shopping and restaurants are a few things visitors like about San Siro. Check out San Siro Race Course while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at San Siro Ippodromo Station or Segesta Station to get around town.

San Siro
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II showing shopping, interior views and heritage architecture

Centro Storico

Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Milan are top sights in Centro Storico, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Cordusio Station or Duomo Station to see more sights in the area.

Centro Storico
Central Station, Milan, Italy

Central Station

4/5Very Good!(304 area reviews)

Enjoy the fantastic nightlife in Central Station. Corso Buenos Aires is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Caiazzo Station or Central Station to see more of Milan.

Central Station
Navigli, Milan, Italy

Navigli

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

Navigli is a destination travellers like for its art galleries, and you might hop aboard the metro at Milan Romolo Station or Romolo Station to explore sights like Via Tortona.

Navigli

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
Rs8,509
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,649 reviews)

"Convenient, convenient, convenient!!! Two minutes walk from the international departures. Nice restaurant on the first floor, plus swimming pool and gym. Best hotel near the airport I have ever been,"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Hotel Da Vinci
Hotel Da Vinci
4 out of 5
Via Senigallia 6, Milan, MI
Rs4,418
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (2,176 reviews)

"Hotel was a little far out from city centre, although we knew this prior to booking and was easily accessible by metro and train."…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2020

Hotel Da Vinci
Uptown Palace
Uptown Palace
4 out of 5
Via Santa Sofia N.10, Milan, MI
Rs9,494
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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

4.4/5Excellent! (2,033 reviews)

"The Hotel is very clean, we had very delicious breakfast and very good service.The Hotel is 15 minutes walking distance from Duomo , also have comfortable transport -metro, tram."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Uptown Palace

Popular things to do in Milan

Cathedral of Milan
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Cathedral of Milan

4.5/5(353 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(395 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(181 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(236 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(142 reviews)

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

Porta Venezia
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Porta Venezia

4/5(26 reviews)

Learn about the history of Porta Venezia, one of the top monuments in Milan. Add the area's shops or stunning cathedral to your travel plans.

Reviews of Milan

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.82076813655761%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.388335704125177%
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5/5 - Excellent

Misha

Feb 10, 2020

Lovely historical city. Nice historical monuments. Amazing food, nice people. Good transport everywhere - we would like to come back :))

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 31, 2020

Very lovely staff

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

Relaxed to the extreme, expensive, very nice. The cathedral is very impressive.

5/5 - Excellent

Jacque

Jan 27, 2020

Great place to go for a mini city break with friends!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 21, 2020

E very beautiful city, with lots of history and beautiful buildings.

4/5 - Good

Char

Jan 21, 2020

Keep an eye out for thief’s on the Metros when extremely busy. My partner had €60 taken but luckily we made a scene and they dropped both wallets only getting one lot of money and ran off the next stop. Other than this, lovely city!

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