Looking to travel to Milan, Italy? look no further! I have compiled the ultimate Milan, Italy travel guide:
Top places to eat:
- at Viale Gorizia, 30, 20144 Milano, Italy.
- A smaller restaurant in the Navigli area directly overlooking the canals. Rookies is ideal for anyone missing the “American sports bar” feel while they’re abroad. You can buy anything from a Corona to a chili cheese dog. All of the food is amazing, plus they have free wifi which is a must when you’re traveling abroad!
- Corso di Porta Ticinese, 77, 20123 Milano, Italy
- A small hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that makes the most amazing burritos you will find within miles of Milan! They have lots of different options from chicken, steak, pork, beef and even a vegetarian option. They also sell pop and water along with beer and margaritas.
Antica Marmeria di Mirko
- Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 67, Milano, Italy
- This is my highest recommended restaurant in Milan. It is also the most expensive, but well worth the splurge! They have the MOST amazing steak I have ever had in my entire life. I cannot rave about it enough! It will cost you about 120 Euros for one entree of the steak and potatoes, but it can easily be split between 2-3 people. If you’re able to splurge a little on food I highly recommend you try this place out!
- Via Agnello, 18, Milano, Italy
- Mama burger is an american style burger place that is centrally located right by the Duomo. While their burgers and fries are perfectly delicious, I personally recommend the chicken caesar salad. I am not usually a person that can eat a salad for a meal, but this salad has forever changed my mind! It is so good that I normally do not even use salad dressing on it.
Cioccolati Italiani (Gelato)
- Via S. Raffaele, 6, 20121 Milano, Italy
- By far the best gelato in Milan! There are several locations throughout Milan, but the most popular (and crowded) one is right by the Duomo, making it the perfect thing to grab before you go sit on the steps and gaze at the amazing architecture.
Luca e Andrea
- Grande, Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 24, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
- This is a great little spot to grab some amazing Espresso and look at the beautiful canals. Reasonable prices and amazing quality!
Top 5 sites
Duomo (Pictured above)
- The Duomo in Milan is incredibly detailed, with thousands of little statues covering the outside of the building. You can climb up to the top of the dome (for a fee) and get an amazing view of the entire city from all angles! My favorite thing to do is simply get a slice of pizza or some gelato and sit on the steps and just stare at the amazing architecture and do a little people watching.
- The canals in Navigli are definitely a must see! They are even more beautiful at night when all of the fairy lights are lit up. Quite often street carnivals or fairs take over the streets right off of the main canal, making for quite a lively night life.
Graffiti in Porta Ticinese
- There is graffiti almost everywhere you look in Porta Ticinese. They are on all of the shop doors when they’re closed for the day/night, as well as random walls around the area. There are several longer walls that have graffiti stretched all down them. It is truly an art!
- The castle in Milan is very cool to explore. There is even a great coffee shop and museum inside the walls! When you are first walking in the main entrance there is a very large “mote” area that usually has dozens of cats and kittens running around in them (so cute!). You can wander around the court yard and even go through the museum if you wish. When you come out of the other side of the castle it opens up into a beautiful park that is perfect for a picnic!
The Last Supper
- The famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci is housed in, no other than, Milan! The actual painting is in a building adjacent to Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, which is in and of itself a beautiful church! Tickets are pretty cheap(7-10 Euro) if you buy them ahead of time, as spots fill up very quickly! You can purchase your tickets here. There is a button at the top to change the site into English, or keep it in Italian if you prefer!
How to spend three days in Milan
- Start the day by spending time at the Duomo and the surrounding shops. There are tons of cute little souvenir sops as well as book stores, and streets and streets of shops!
- While you’re in the area wander into the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This is the large “mall” right next to the Duomo. It is beautiful inside and there are also some pretty cool upscale stores inside that are fun to look around in. Also, around christmas time Swarovski has a huge crystal christmas tree in the middle of the Galleria that is amazing!
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- Mama Burger
- Cioccolati Italiani (Gelato)
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- Visit the Castello Sforzesco
- This castle can take you hours to wander through! Take time to order a Cafe (shot of espresso) and enjoy the great people watching.
- Start to walk back towards the Duomo. If you’re standing in front of the main entrance of the castle with your back to it, the road directly in front of you leads right back to the Duomo. This road has a great selection of shops (my favorite being Lush and Kiehl’s!) It should be dark around this time and the street has a ton of twinkle lights strewn together above the walk ways. It is a beautiful stroll at nighttime.
- End the day back around the Duomo, there is always live music once it gets dark.
- Take a trip to the main train station, Milano Centrale. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
- It seems a little random to go visit the train station, but I promise it is well worth it! Take the underground metro to the Duomo stop when you’re finished!
- Take a slow stroll through Porta Ticinese. Look at all the amazing graffiti in the area. There is also a beautiful church and old roman columns on the main road.
- From the Duomo you will take the street to the left of it (with your back to the Duomo) called Via Torino, this turns into Porta Ticinese. This is a great street to walk down as it connects all of the next sites. There are amazing shops (Grab some fries from Amsterdam Chips!) as well as tons of random churches just waiting to be explored!
- The church and roman columns I mentioned is called Colonne di San Lorenzo. If you follow the road (Go left at the fork) it will lead you directly to this spot! There is also some great graffiti directly to the left of the church.
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- MAMAstrEAT burritos
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- That same main road will lead you straight into Navigli and you can walk the canals. There are dozens of small shops and boutiques all along the canals and some even more adorable houses on the side streets off of the main road. Just explore!
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- Luca e Andrea
- Antica Marmeria di Mirko
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- Take a day trip to Lake Como
- Lake Como is only about an hour train ride away, and has the most AMAZING views on the ride (sit on the left side of the train for the best views).
- The train costs about $25 for a round trip ticket.
- I suggest getting off at the city of Varenna. From there you can explore the city, and also take a ferry to the cities of: Bellagio, Menaggio and Lecco. All of these are breathe taking, but personally I love Bellagio the most! It is definitely the most expensive city on the lake, but it is also the most lush and gorgeous. There are amazing hikes you can do as well. It is a great way to spend the day.
- Spend the day at different areas in Milan
- Visit the Monumental Cemetery in Milan.
- This cemetery has been featured on Rick Steve’s as well as other prominent travel books and sites. It is definitely a unique experience as all of the tombstones are statues, it truly is a beautiful cemetery.
- Visit China town.
- This part of town is wonderful because there is so much to see. From street markets to little shops, with everything you could ever want to buy.
- Visit The Last Supper.
- This will only be possible if you have booked a ticket well in advance of your trip. Unless you are willing to pay upwards of $80 for a last minute ticket.
- Almost all of the random churches you see are visitor friendly. Make sure you’re covered up appropriately and wander into the churches to see how amazingly beautiful and unique they all are!
- Around the Duomo specifically there will be loads of people trying to sell you things. The handmade bracelets in particular are very aggressive, they will tell you they are for free and even tie it on your wrist for you; then proceed to follow you until you give them some amount of money for the bracelet.
- A lot of the restaurants are closed on Mondays, it is almost like their Sunday in that respect. Also, a lot of them close in the middle of the day. So, something may be open from 8am to 2:30pm and then re open at 7pm on into the night. Just check the posted hours carefully!