33. Milan   ITALY   | Total Sights: 35+ | Nickname: The Fashion Capital of the World

 

 

 

 

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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Milan

Milan is Italy’s leading economic, industrial, and commercial centre and one of the world’s fashion capitals.

Here you will also some of the best shopping in Europe from the extremely upscale stores of the Quadrilatero d'Oro to the more reasonably priced shops on Corso Buenos Aires. 

The main attraction is the Duomo with its daunting façades, one of the world’s largest and also most beautiful cathedrals, well worth visiting not only inside, but also on its rooftop terrace, which grants amazing views over Milan.

Milan offers numerous sights, is clean, safe, and scores high in nightlife.

 Milan is rather expensive and just having some canals (the Navigli) in the southeast the city is not very well situated.

A visit to see "The Last Supper" a late 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci should be booked well in advance.

Criteria 

Sights 

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

6.90/10

5.5/10

5.5/10

3.5/10

7/10

7/10

7.75/10

5.25/10

5.75/10

7/10

8/10

6/10 [1.370 Mio.]

186.20

B. Best Things to Do in Milan (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.90/10.

Duomo and Duomo Rooftop  8
This magnificent 15th-century white Gothic cathedral is the fifth largest in the world and one of the most impressive churches. 

Take the elevator to the beautiful rooftop terrace to admire its spires and its 3,600 statues, as well as the stunning views over Piazza del Duomo.

Shockingly Milan’s Duomo is at present absent from the World Heritage list.

Cathedral

Best Things to do in Milan | Best Cities | Milan | Duomo and Duomo Rooftop (cathedral)

Church of SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE and THE LAST SUPPER  7
The completely restored church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to Leonardo da Vinci's mural painting "Last Supper" from 1490, which is  regarded as one of the greatest paintings ever created.

If you didn't manage to purchase tickets, which should be bought around two months ahead, consider visiting The Last Supper as part of a tour.

Mural Painting  (World Heritage Site since 1980) Prebooking 2 months ahead required

Best Things to do in Milan | Best Cities | Milan | THE LAST SUPPER (mural painting by Da Vinci ca. 1490 AD)

Teatro alla Scala  7
Opened in 1778, teatro alla Scala is considered the most prestigious opera house in the world.

The world-famous richly decorated six-tiered auditorium seats 2,030 people.

Opera House

Best Things to do in Milan | Best Cities | Milan | Teatro alla Scala (opera) by Palickap [CC BY-SA 4.0], 

Piazza del Duomo 7
Milan's beautiful main square is dominated by the stunning white front façade of the Duomo and the immense triumphal arch leading to the 4 storey high Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade.

Other notable sights on this vast (17,000m2) piazza in the very heart of city include the statue of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy in the centre and the Royal Palace of Milan.

Square  

by Steffen Schmitz (Carschten)  / CC BY-SA 4.0

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore  6
Considered the "Sistine Chapel" of Milan, the walls of San Maurizio are covered by beautiful, well-preserved 16th century frescoes by Bernardino Luini and his sons.

The rather simple exterior gives little indication as to the splendour that awaits inside this church.

Church  

by Casalmaggiore Provincia / CC BY-SA 4.0

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II  6
Shopping Passage  (19th Century)

Best Things to do in Milan | Best Cities | 37: Milan | Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (shopping passage 19th Century)

Pinacoteca Brera  6
Museum  (Most famous painting: "The Lamentation over the Dead Christ" by Andrea Mantegna [1490])

Best Things to do in Milan | Best Cities | Milan | Pinacoteca Brera (museum, "Lamentation over the Dead Christ" by Mantegna)

Castello Sforzesco  5
Castle

by Fishponds1981  / CC BY-SA 3.0

Navigli (canals)  5
City District

Things to do in Milan | Best Cities | No. 37: Milan | Navigli (canals)

 Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (Church of Saint Ambrose)   5
Church

Best Things to do in Milan | Best Cities | Milan | Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (Church of Saint Ambrose)

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Milan

-Cimitero Monumentale  5

-Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (museum, most famous painting: "Portrait of a Musician" by Leonardo da Vinci [1490])   5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Milan

 Bologna (city, 215 km from Milan, 1 h by train)   6

 Genoa (city 140 km from Milan, 1 h 30 min by train) 6

 Verona (city, 157 km from Milan, 1 h 42 min by train)  6

  CRESPI D'ADDA (historical settlement, World Heritage Site since 1995, 35 km from Milan)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Milan (including close-by excursions)

Duomo and Duomo Rooftop (cathedral)  8
Teatro alla Scala (opera house)  7
Church of SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE and THE LAST SUPPER (mural painting by Leonardo Da Vinci)  7
Piazza del Duomo  (square)  7
 Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore (church) 6
 Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (shopping passage)  6
 Pinacoteca Brera (museum)  6
 Castello Sforzesco (castle)  5
 Navigli (canals)   5
Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio (Church of Saint Ambrose)  5



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