Attractions in Milan

Many attractions & Must See in Milan

Milan is a veritable cosmopolitan culture hub. It may be smaller than London or Paris, but it packs the sophistication to run with any city on Earth. Delight in architectural and artistic treats from across the centuries, stroll through one of the many walkable neighbourhoods, or enjoy the sun in one of the city’s fine parks.

Piazza Duomo & Centro

Piazza Duomo is one of the main Milan attractions, and serves as a focal point for the city. It is the site of political demonstrations, shows of sports fan enthusiasm and is a popular meeting place for locals. Within walking distance are a huge concentration of monuments, shopping high streets and other Milan attractions, including the Duomo itself, a gleaming white Gothic cathedral and Milan’s most recognizable icon. Adjacent to the square is also the world’s oldest shopping mall, the Galleria, and the Palazzo Reale, the city’s flagship fine arts institution. The renowned Teatro Alla Scala is within walking distance of the square, as is the imposing Torre Velasca, a 1950s Brutalist masterpiece and, along with the Duomo, one of Milan’s major attractions.

Triennale Design Museum

The permanent collection of this, Italy’s flagship design exhibition space, presents a continuum of interpretations of Italian design. Each year the subject is reconsidered and its context re-imagined, aiming to drive the discourse of design’s significance in modern Italy. The museum’s temporary exhibits serve to compliment the main collection’s drive to advance the dialogue surrounding design in the country. Additionally, there is also frequently a free exhibit space on the ground floor that often tackles the questions and problems of urban Italian life, civics or development economics. Perhaps most noteworthy, the Triennale is linked closely with the Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, which preserves the famous designer’s studio a few blocks away and gives excellent guided tours by appointment in Italian or English.


Relaxed and picturesque, Brera is probably Milan’s most intimate neighborhood. Occupying the area surrounding the Lanza stop on the green metro line, this quaint, walkable neighborhood with narrow streets is filled to the brim with several excellent sidewalk cafes and a wealth of boutiques and window shopping. In addition to being the site of the famous Piccolo Teatro, several excellent cafes, during the city’s yearly Salone del Mobile design festival, Brera is also one of the distinctive “design districts” designated as an area of concentrations for studios and ateliers to display their work.

Parco Sempione & Castello Sforzesco

Parco Sempione is Milan’s major metropolitan park. It is a sprawling green space with ponds, cafes and an aquarium. It is ideal for sunbathing or picnicking during the warmer seasons, and a perfect place to stroll any day it isn’t raining. Castello Sforzesco, an imposing citadel with a formidable art museum inside, flanks the park’s southwest edge and is easily accessible from Cairoli (red), Lanza (green) or Cadorna (red, green, regional train) metro stops. The park’s monuments include the Arco Della Pace in adjacent Piazza Sempione and the Torre Branca, adjacent to the Triennale, which in the summer months can be scaled by stairs for a small admission fee and provides a great view of the park and city.

The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece mural, The Last Supper, is in the chapel of Santa Maria delle Grazie, within the Museo del Cenacolo Vinciano. This visit is worth its slight inconvenience, but be advised: make reservations a few days in advance - you will not be granted entrance without one - and arrive promptly. The surrounding neighborhood of Corso Magenta is also a nice place to spend a few hours, with stately houses, shops and cafés, including the historic Bar Magenta.

Zona Tortona

This neighborhood stretches along both Via Tortona and Via Savona, and is a formerly industrial district of mostly Brutalist architecture and a dearth of outward charm or amenities. It is, however, famous in design circles for its high concentration of creative businesses. Every April, it becomes the epicenter of the city (and of the design world) during the Salone del Mobile design fair, with its large and modular spaces being transformed into temporary monuments, while its streets positively overflow with enthusiasts and experts from every corner of the world. Several of the city’s best restaurants are cleverly hidden in plain sight in Tortona, and many of the most fashion-forward runway shows regularly take place within its outwardly anonymous buildings.

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