What To Do And See In Milan That Is Recommended

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Milan is an incredible city with a rich history, famous for its excellent fashion scene, Leonardo Da Vinci's heritage, iconic hotels and buildings, exquisite food, and strong culture.

Millions of visitors arrive each year, and there is a reason for this: Milan is home to numerous renowned works of art, including Sandro Botticelli's Madonna of the Book, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo's The Fourth Estate, and Michelangelo's Rondanini Pietà, as well as huge fashion legends such as Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Bottega Veneta.

Whether with family or friends, for a week or a weekend, there are a profusion of alternatives for things to see and do in Milan, making it the ideal getaway for every traveller. The city is also well-known for having some of the most accessible and extensive transportation networks in Italy, making it relatively easy to get about. I've gone here many times, sometimes alone and sometimes with loved ones, yet each visit seems like the first since there's always something new to discover. So, without further ado, here are the finest activities in Milan.

Verticale Bosco

Bosco Verticale, which translates to "Vertical Forests," are two residential buildings in Milan's Porta Nuova area. The towers, which were completed in 2014, were designed to offer a home for both people and trees. Bosco Verticale can be viewed as a metropolitan reforestation or urban ecosystem because the pair give back to nature and the surrounding environment. Although they are residences, they have also become architectural marvels of the city, adding to the many landmarks and structures to see while in Milan. With hundreds of plants and bushes covering the 260 and 360-foot buildings, their lush green façade are worthy of appreciation and should not be missed while visiting the city.

Brera Neighborhood

The Brera neighborhood, popularly known as Milan's artists' quarter, is a bustling region packed with modern art galleries such as Pinacoteca di Brera, Galleria Antonio Battaglia, and Miart Gallery, a museum, and The Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, an academy for fine arts in the heart of the city. Brera's appeal is enhanced by cobblestone streets, boutique businesses, and Milanese eateries. A tour here should include the Palazzo di Brera, a palace constructed on the ruins of a monastery, as well as a visit to the Brera market, which is held on the third Sunday of each month (apart from August).

Aperol Terrazza

Terrazzo Aperol, located in the city center, is a contemporary bar with an attractive terrace affording amazing views of the Duomo di Milano while facing the plaza. Terrazzo Aperol is a great gathering site before and after a day of shopping and touring in Milan, thanks to its central position and proximity to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Local delicacies and delectable dinners may be savored here. Because of its popularity, there is often a small line to get in, but it's worth the wait once you're inside and can enjoy the view with an Aperol Spritz.

Prada Foundation

Fondazione Prada, founded in 1993 and co-chaired by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli since 1995, is an art and cultural foundation featuring exhibitions in Tokyo and Shanghai. The permanent location is in the south of Milan, Largo Isarco, and is housed in a former gin distillery from 1910, which serves as an inventive and eye-catching headquarters. Fondazione Prada has shown a plethora of spectacular and daring modern works of art, with the organization having a particular interest in specialized sectors such as film, science, and music. Jeff Koons, Carsten Höller, and Mariko Mori are among the artists who have had their work shown at Fondazione Prada.


Milan City Council succeeded to preserve a significant element of the city's history in 1990 by transforming a former Ansaldo plant into Mudec, an art and culture museum. Mudec houses studios, workshops, and a variety of changing shows throughout the year. Although the museum's sleek and contemporary design is a piece of art in and of itself, visitors may examine numerous types of art as well as get an understanding of diverse civilizations.
The metro is an easy way to get here. Mudec is around a 25-minute walk from Duomo, with the nearest stations being Sant'Agostino and Porta Genova.

Milano Triennale

Triennale di Milano, located at Parco Sempione, was established in 1923. It was initially located in Monza before being relocated to Palazzo dell'Arte in 1933, where it currently houses a rotating exhibition as well as permanent installations. Between 1936 and 1996, the museum had several exhibits before closing for twenty years and reopening in 2016. Several hours might be spent admiring the great arts and architecture of La Triennale before strolling around the grounds of Parco Sempione, Milan's biggest park. Walking to the museum from the city center takes around 20 minutes and is a nice walk packed with gorgeous buildings and businesses to appreciate. If you want to ride the metro, the nearest stations are Cadorna FN and Cadorna M1 M2.

The Canals of Milan

Milan used to be densely networked by navigli (canals), which served as arterial commerce linkages to the countryside. Most have regrettably vanished, but the banks of two of the surviving ones, as well as the basin where they meet, known as Darsena, have become the city's liveliest spot for casual drinking, eating, shopping in antique stores, or just wandering by the river during the last two decades. The neighborhood is located southwest of the city center and is within walking distance of Porta Genova on Metro Line 2.

The Sant'Ambrogio Basilica

The Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio is tucked away in the narrow lanes near the castle. It is named for the fourth-century bishop who became Milan's patron saint and is a close second to the Duomo as the city's most prominent church. It is crammed with historical and creative wonders inside its somber, red-brick walls, featuring a solid-gold 12th-century altar, which houses the saint's embalmed corpse. The church is at a short distance from the Sant'Ambrogio Metro station (Line 2).
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