Top Attractions in Milan

Milan is well regarded as one of Italy’s most cosmopolitan and chic cities. It represents the modern face of Italy as much of the city was rebuilt following the Second World War. However, it still has plenty of cultural and iconic attractions to enjoy and, combined with a historic city, such as Rome, in a multi-centre holiday to Italy gives you the opportunity to see the diversity that Italy is famed for.

If you’re thinking about visiting Milan on holiday, or have already booked your Milan vacation, here are some of our favourite attractions in this famous city.


Il Duomo


It would be impossible to visit Milan and not make a special trip to see the Cathedral, known in Italian as “il Duomo”. It is an imposing example of Gothic architecture and took nearly six centuries to complete, with input from notable architects, such as Pellegrino Pellegrini and Leopoldo Pollak. The vast number of architects that have worked on Milan Cathedral perhaps helps one to understand why the Cathedral has been criticised for its contrasting style. However, whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying its imposing magnificence and it is the largest cathedral in Italy since St Peter’s Basilica resides in Vatican City, which is an independent state.

If you choose to visit Milan Cathedral, consider booking tickets in advance so that you can go inside as the Cathedral’s roof is open to the public and allows you to see wonderful sculptures up close.


Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper

If you have an appreciation for fine art, or simply want to see one of the world’s most famous masterpieces, pre-book a tour to see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper (or “Il Cenacolo” in Italian). This world-renowned 15th-century painting is housed in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie and, due to its precious and fragile nature, is highly protected, only being viewable by appointment.

For a distinctly chic and Milanese experience, we offer a night-time experience to enjoy cocktails in a vibrant city bar, along with a tour to see The Last Supper.


La Scala Opera House

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La Scala Theatre, known in Italian as Teatro alla Scala, is a world-renowned opera house in Milan. The theatre was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre at La Scala and, since its opening, many of Italy’s greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala during the past 200 years. Today, the theatre is still recognised as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra.

The interior of the Opera House is vast and overwhelmingly elegant, characterised by its gold and red colours and its glorious central chandelier. If you have only a little time in Milan, our La Scala Opera House and Milan Cathedral combined tour may be the perfect sightseeing tour for you, allowing you to see two iconic attractions in Milan in just a morning or afternoon.


Bernina Express to St Moritz


Although not an attraction in Milan, our day excursion from Milan to St Moritz in Switzerland aboard the famous Bernina Express train is one of our most popular Milan tours. St Moritz is a resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland and is close to the highest summit in the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina, which lies a few kilometres south of the town. Due to its favourable location, the town enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year and features sublime vistas of the glacier landscape, as well as views of the Piz Corvatsch with its ice cave and 8 km ski slope down to St Moritz-Bad.

If you have the time, we highly recommend taking a day tour from Milan to St Moritz if you want to discover diverse landscapes and unbelievable winter scenes during your holiday in Italy.


Discover More of Lombardy


Once you have discovered the main attractions in Milan, we suggest enjoying a few day trips to some of the quaint and charming towns and resorts in the wider Lombardy region. Popular choices include Pavia, which is known for its Roman heritage, and Mantua, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you have the time, you also surely can’t miss out on a day trip to the Italian Lake District and we highly recommend visiting Lake Como during your stay in Milan. The lake is much-loved by celebrities, several of which have homes on this tranquil lake, including George Clooney and Madonna, and it is famed for its pretty lake-side towns and its peaceful setting, with the glistening waters of the lake set against a mountain backdrop that creates really pretty natural vistas for you to enjoy.


If you are thinking about visiting Milan on a city break or as part of a multi-centre holiday and would like us to put together a personalised holiday itinerary just for you, please contact a member of our expert team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500. Alternatively, please click here to send an online enquiry.

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