10 places to see in Milan

The main monuments and districts to visit in Milan

Welcome in Milano, one of the coolest city in Europe! Here we suggest you ten amazing places to go. Enjoy the city!

1. The Duomo of Milan and Loggia dei Mercanti
The Duomo is the symbol of Milano. It is a catholich church in the very city center and it is very easy to reach with the metro (yellow or red line). Is was built in the 14th century and is an amazing example of gothic and neoclassical architecture. It can be visited every day (the entrance is free) but, please, not during the mass. Don't miss to visit the roof: the panorama is amazing! Close to The Duomo there is The Loggia dei Mercanti (Merchants Square). It was the heart of the city in the Middle Ages.



2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Octagon
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. It is close to the Duomo. Here you can find very important brands such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Borsalino and Giorgio Armani. The structure consists of two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an Octagon. On the ground there are four mosaics portraying Turin, Florence, Rome and Milan. There is a tradition about the Turin one: if you turn yourself three times on its mosaic you'll get lucky.



3. The Theatre Alla Scala and its museum
All over over the world, La Scala is renowned for opera and ballet. Originally it was a church (Holy Mary Alla Scala), but in 1778 it became a theatre. It is in the city centre and if you like you can visit the foyer. Movere, there is a very interesting museum inside that contains paintings, statues and costumes about the history of La Scala.



4. Sforza Castle, Simplom Park and the Arch of Peace

Sforza Castle was built by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, in the 15th century. Originally it was a fortification. It is in the city centre open every day and you can visit for free. Inside the Castle, there is a museum where you can admire the last and unfinished masterpiece of Michelangelo: the Rondanini Pietà, a marble sculpture. Close to the Castle, you find the Simplom Park, dating back to the Napoleonic Empire, and the Arch of Peace, dating back to the 19th century.



5. St. Ambrose Church
The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in one of the most ancient churches in Milan, it was built in the 4th century after Christ in an area where lots of martyrs of the Roman persecutions had been buried. It is near the city centre, can be visited every day (the entrance is free) but, please, not during the mass.



6. Columns of San Lorenzo (Roman ruin) and Basilicas Park
Columns of San Lorenzo, near the city centre, is a square buit in the Middle Ages with a row of columns taken from a Roman temple. It is in front of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, originally buit in Roman times. Columns of San Lorenzo and Basilica of San Lorenzo are nearby the city park called Basilicas Park, which includes the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio. Near Columns of San Lorenzo there are lots of cafes and bars, and it full of people during the evening.



7. Brera
Brera is the artists district. There are lots of art galleries and the amazing Pinacoteca di Brera where you can admire wonderful painting by Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna and Francesco Hayez. In Brera you can also have some shopping in very nice and cozy boutiques.



8. The Navigli and Vicolo dei lavandai
Navigli is an entertainment district. It is made by two canals, the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Pavese . They are lined by coloured houses, cafes, bars and restaurant. Very nice to see is the Vicolo dei Lavandai (the laundress alley) where in the past women went to launder.



9. Monumental Cemetery
Yes, you read right: we suggest you to visit a cemetery. The Monumental is one of the two largest cemeteries in Milan, and it is famous because is full of artistic tombs. Here you can see contemporary and classical Italian sculptures, Greek temples, obelisks and an original version of Trajan's Column. Many tombs where designed by renowned artists such as Lucio Fontana, Giò Pomodoro and Gio Ponti. Famous personages interred in the cemetery are Alessandro Manzoni (writer), Salvatore Quasimodo (poet) and Francesco Hayez (painter).



10. Porta Nuova
Porta Nuova is the brand new district of Milan, full of contemporary buildings such as Gae Aulenti Square and the Unicredit Tower designed by Cesar Pelli.