Things to do & see in Milan

Explore Milan with the 10 top spots to see when visiting the first time. A city where "la moda" is philosophy.

July 31, 2015

Explore Milan

Milan is the city of fashion, aperitivo, formula 1 and trendy lifestyle, all combined in a historic city that has recently received a complete refresh in preparation of the EXPO2015. If these are not enough reasons to discover Milano with all its splendor.


The Top 10 in the City of Fashion

Here are tour Top 10 places to see when in Milan.

1. Milan Duomo

Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity (Santa Maria Nascente), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete, it is the 5th-largest church in the world and the second largest in Italy


2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

One of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.


3. Porta Nuova

Literally, (“new gate”) is the main business district of Milan, Italy. It is named after the well-preserved Napoleonic gate built in 1810–13 on this site. After a long period of urban decay, the Porta Nuova district is now undergoing a massive renewal, thanks to the “Progetto Porta Nuova” (Porta Nuova Project).


4. Castello Sforzesco

Sforza Castle is a castle in Milan, northern Italy. It was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remains of a 14th-century fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it was one of the largest citadels in Europe. Extensively rebuilt by Luca Beltrami in 1891–1905, it now houses several of the city’s museums and art collections.


5. Parco Sempione

The park is adjacent to the gardens of the Sforza Castle and to the Arch of Peace, two of the prominent landmarks of Milan. The very design of the park, due to architect Emilio Alemagna, was conceived with the intent of creating panoramic views encompassing both monuments. In the park are Arena Civica, the public aquarium, and the Torre Branca tower. The X Triennial Pavilion (1954) has been converted into a public library.


6. Navigli and Darsena

The navigli were a system of navigable and interconnected canals around Milan, Italy. The system consisted of five canals: Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Pavese, Naviglio Martesana, Naviglio di Paderno, Naviglio di Bereguardo.


7. Teatro alla Scala

La Scala (abbreviation in Italian language for the official name Teatro alla Scala) is an opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala (Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala). The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta.


8. Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie (“Holy Mary of Grace”) is a church and Dominican convent in Milan, northern Italy, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The church contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory of the convent.


9. Piazza Gae Aulenti

Is a square of 100 meters of diameter dedicated to Gae Aulenti an Italian architect, lighting and interior designer, and industrial designer. She was well known for several large-scale museum projects, including Musée d’Orsay in Paris (1980–86), the Contemporary Art Gallery at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Palazzo Grassi in Venice(1985–86), and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2000–2003).


10. Expo 2015

Expo 2015 is the current Universal Exposition being hosted by Milan, Italy. The opening took place on 1 May 2015 at 10:00 am and the expo will close on 31 October 2015. This is the second time Milan has hosted the exposition, the first being the Milan International of 1906.

Four Points by Sheraton Milan Center

Whether you are a business traveler or on a family holiday, enjoy the comfort of our hotel with its renovated rooms in the new design Centrale District.

The Westin Palace, Milan

Our downtown location is convenient to the city’s famous shopping and monuments. This historic luxury hotel is an elegant and sophisticated meeting point for business and leisure travellers alike.

Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan

Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Milan is an extraordinary destination in a city recognized for its creativity, where fashion, design, and cuisine come together. Let our experienced Luxury Collection concierge be your guide to an unforgettable stay.

Biennale Arte 2019

Discover the program, the news and the main themes of the 2019 Venice Biennale: a review of events that celebrates art, design, architecture, dance and cinema and that involves the whole city. "May You Live In Interesting Times": this is the title of the 58th International Art Exhibition which takes place from 11th May to 24th November 2019.

Exploring the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites

Established in 1990, the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites is part of the UNESCO world heritage and covers an area of 11,500 hectares north of the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo, toward the border between Veneto and Alto Adige.

The 19th Century Gran Ball Returns to Como

The 19th Century Grand Ball on Lake Como will honor the territory's customary tradition of inaugurating the new Opera season with an exquisite ball. Discover more of this event ang get ready to step into the past end experience the magical atmosphere of the nineteenth century