The Best of Milan

Local Attractions

An entire section dedicated to our host city offers visitors to the site a 360° view of things to see and do in Milan.

Milan is a multifaceted city which needs to be experienced, not just visited. The best way to do this is by walking in its streets and squares and discovering unexpected secret corners that delight and charm. Here we merely offer an overview of the main points of interest in the city and its surrounding areas. Visitors interested in art, architecture, history and culture, along with lovers of shopping, fashion, bars and entertainment, will find the city more than fulfils their expectations. Milan satisfies all tastes because, as they say around here, “Milan l’è un gran Milan!” (Milan is a great city!).

The best of...

DUOMO

The emblem of Milan and a triumph of the Lombard Gothic style, the Duomo is dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent. Construction began on the imposing cathedral in the late 14th Century at the request of Gian Galeazzo Visconti and Archbishop Antonio da Saluzzo. It is decorated with 3400 statues and on top of the highest spire (108m) there is a statue of the Madonnina, symbol of the Lombard capital, covered in 3900 pieces of gold leaf.

PALAZZO REALE

The Palazzo Reale, or Royal Palace, was home to the families who governed Milan, such as the Visconti and the Sforza, from the 12th Century and then to Spanish and Austrian rulers in later centuries. It now houses temporary art exhibitions and the Museo del Duomo, which displays architectural elements, statues, antique stained glass windows and precious sacred furnishings from the cathedral. 

GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II

One of Milan's most picturesque meeting points. It is a covered arcade with an iron and glass framework in a cruciform pattern and in the centre is a floor mosaic representing the Savoy coat of arms. It was constructed in 1870 and houses restaurants, historic cafes and shops.

MUSEO DEL ‘900 

The Museum of the Twentieth Century is housed in the Palazzo dell' Arengario and displays approximately four hundred of the nearly four thousand Italian 20th-century works of art belonging to the Civiche Raccolte d'Arte milanesi.

TEATRO ALLA SCALA

Facing onto one of the most elegant squares in Milan, La Scala is one of the most famous theatres in the world. It was built in the late 18th Century to plans made by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini, at the request of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. A range of operas, classical concerts and ballets are performed during the theatre season, which is one of the most important appointments in the Milanese social calendar. 

CASTELLO SFORZESCO AND PARCO SEMPIONE

Another symbol of Milan is the Sforza Castle, built in the middle of the 15th Century for Francesco Sforza. This sumptuous fortified palace houses several Milanese museums and temporary exhibitions and also contains Michelangelo's last work, the Rondanini Pietà. The castle is surrounded by the semicircular Bonaparte Forum and by the large Sempione park.

SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE AND CENACOLO

A short distance from the Castle is the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, remodelled by Bramante in the mid 1400s. Next to the church, on the wall of the refectory of the former Dominican convent Leonardo created his fresco of The Last Supper. Careful restoration lasting 20 years has restored this wonderful masterpiece to its former glory.

BASILICA DI SANT’AMBROGIO

A splendid example of the Lombard Romanesque style, the Basilica houses works of art and valuable relics documenting sixteen centuries of the city's history.

TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM

Inaugurated in 2007, it is the first museum dedicated to Italian design. Situated in the headquarters of the Milan Triennale institution it allows visitors to discover the excellence of Italian design in an innovative way.

SAN SIRO STADIUM

Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, also known as San Siro Stadium after the area in which it is located, is the largest stadium in Italy and one of the most famous and prestigious football stadiums in the world.

Discovering the real Milan

THE FASHION RECTANGLE

Milan is synonymous with fashion. The fashion rectangle is located between via Montenapoleone, via della Spiga, corso Venezia and via Sant'Andrea. The boutiques of the world's leading fashion designers are to be found in this large area: from Giorgio Armani to Prada and from Gianni Versace to Dolce e Gabbana. A real oasis of pleasure for shopping lovers.

NAVIGLI

The traditional and picturesque zone of Navigli (artificial canals designed by Leonardo da Vinci) is full of restaurants and traditional and modern bars. In the evenings the area comes alive with Milanese 'movida', or nightlife. In the summer it is possible to organise mini cruises along these historic waterways which run from the city centre to the beautiful countryside, characterised by villas and monuments.

THE BRERA QUARTER

One of the most exclusive and elegant areas of the city: 18th-century palaces, open air cafes and stylish clothing and gift boutiques give it a vaguely bohemian atmosphere.

ARCO DELLA PACE – CORSO SEMPIONE

The Arch of Peace was designed by Luigi Cagnola in 1807 in order to give a triumphal welcome to Napoleon and depicts Peace riding in a chariot pulled by six horses. It is located in a very lively area of the city that offers a wide selection of restaurants and bars.

COLONNE DI SAN LORENZO

The Columns of San Lorenzo in corso di Porta Ticinese no. 39, are one of the few Roman relics in Milan. They are particularly atmospheric in the evening and there are a number of trendy bars nearby.

CORSO COMO

Corso Como is a pedestrian island and is one of the main nightlife areas in Milan.

Here there are many bars and nightclubs, important art galleries, restaurants and high fashion showrooms.

For more information on Milan's varied and plentiful nightlife please visit  milano.tonight.eu

On this month

EXPO MILANO 2015

MAY 1ST  2015 - OXTOBER 31ST  2015 EXPO - RHO www.expo.org

The Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations.

A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries.

ALLAVITA!

The show that Cirque du Soleil is preparing for Expo Milano 2015 : dance, music and performance interpret the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life . Italian and international artists and dancers will take the stage in a show that will mix music, art, colors, food and cultural traditions.

Open Air Theater - EXPO

from May 6 through August 23, 2015

www.expo2015.org

FOOD FROM SEEDS TO THE PLATE

Natural History Museum

From 11/28/2014 to 06/28/2015:

In sync with the Expo 2015 themes - one of the main social and cultural global events for the new Millennium - the exhibition narrates the state of the art of scientific research on food and nutrition. It tackles and describes the theme using a straightforward language that is accessible to all and it involves visitors in a multi-sensory narrative.

 www.mostrafood.it

LEONARDO DA VINCI 1452 - 1519

The exhibition dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci features paintings, drawings and manuscripts from the most prestigious Italian and international museums. Milan preserves the masterpieces of his work: the Last Supper of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Atlantic Codex, the Musico-Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Library, the Code Trivulziano and Sala delle Asse of Castello Sforzesco, as well as numerous drawings of the various collections in Milan, including the Pinacoteca di Brera.

Palazzo Reale

from April 16th ,2015 until  July 19th 2015

www.comune.milano.it/palazzoreale

GRAND TOUR OF MILANO

FROM 01/01/2015 TO 31/12/2015 Castello Sforzesco -Piazza Castello Milano

www.zaniviaggi.it

Milan Fair

The Fiera Milano group is the leading organiser of trade fair events in Italy and one of the most important exhibition organisers in the world. Fiera Milano manages an exhibition area which excels at international level for the quality of its spaces, its technology, its logistics and its size (345,000 sqm with 20 pavilions and 60,000 sqm of external space). The group also manages Europe's leading conference centre: MiCo – Milano Congressi. A complete events calendar can be found on the official website:  www.fieramilano.it.

Transport services

ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanese). There are four main methods of transport:

  • metro
  • bus
  • tram
  • trolleybus

The surface transport network connects the entire city of Milan, the surrounding districts and part of the surrounding area in the Province. Both networks are integrated with the LeNORD and Trenitalia train networks. For more information: www.atm-mi.it.

Milan Central Station: Milano Centrale is the second largest and the second busiest Italian train station. The station is home to around 600 trains a day, two metro stations, the nearby Passante Ferroviario, a bus terminal for many bus and tram lines and shuttle buses to Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa and Orio al Serio-Bergamo airports. It is located in Piazza Duca d'Aosta, in the heart of the city centre. The other main stations in Milan are: Milano Porta Garibaldi and Milano Cadorna. For information on train travel visit www.trenitalia.it.

Ferrovienord: manages 120 stations across 5 lines in the hinterland to the north of Milan and in the provinces of Milan, Varese, Como, Novara and Brescia. For more information: www.ferrovienord.it.

Rete suburbana - Passante ferroviario: a primarily underground infrastructure that crosses the city of Milan from Northwest (Certosa and Bovisa) to Southeast (Rogoredo). The Passante Ferroviario functions just like the metro but over a larger area. For information: www.trenord.it

Milan Linate Airport: the city airport of Milan. It has a wide range of national and international short and long haul flights. For information: www.milanolinate.eu

Taxis:

- Radio Taxi 02 6969
www.yellowtaxi.it

- Taxi blu: 02 4040
www.taxiblu.it

- Autoradio Taxi 02 8585
www.radiotaxi85.com