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Visit Milan: Your Best 5 Day Itinerary

Milan is the second most populated city right after Rome, so they have a plethora of amazing tourist attractions in town. In fact, Milan is considered an alpha city with a collection of entertainment, fashion, art, design, and culture.

Whether you want to take in a movie or see a fashion show, Milan has it all and then some. Browse museums filled with history and galleries full of stunning art. With hundreds of shops and malls in one city, shopping here is also a pleasure.

Day 1: Go Shopping

From the fashion district with high-priced luxury items to the Sinigaglia Fair flea market, there is something for everyone to choose from. But first, drop off your luggage at one of the Milan luggage storage companies so you can have your hands free to carry all your purchases.

The Golden Quadrangle

On the intersections of Via Alessandro Manzoni and Via Monte Napoleone, you can just smell the luxury. Fendi, Cavalli, Ferragamo, Armani, and Gucci can be found just about anywhere you look. Window shop on one of Milan’s most famous streets! And you can stop in at the La Scala Theater or one of the luxurious cafés along the way.

CityLife Shopping District

The metro in Milan is easily maneuvered, so hop on and move from the Golden Quadrangle to the Citylife Shopping District. This mall has over 65 shops from Accessorize to Vorwerk, including two dozen eateries. They also have a movie theater where you can take a break to catch a flick while you are there. Check out some of the top of the line drones at DJI-Droni or get a new hairstyle at Nashi Argan.

Day 2: How About a Tour?

Taking a tour in Milan is one of the best ways to take in all the most important sights when you have limited time. See the beauty of the city from a tour bus or take a half-day cruise. However you want to get around, the list is endless. We’re thinking luxury cars and no need to get yourself there. Take a look!

Vintage Fiat 500 Tour

See Milan from a vintage Fiat 500. This tour can take from 30 minutes to three hours, depending on your preference. Your private chauffeur will take you through the streets to see the La Scala Opera House, Royal Villa, and the Galleria Vittorio, to name a few. The great thing is, you get picked up right at your hotel. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Racing Around the Track

Test drive a Ferrari 458 and a Legend Racing car,  and go 16 laps around a real racetrack at Racing in Italy. An instructor will keep you company while you speed around the track. And the onboard camera will get lots of pictures you can share with your friends and family. You can also choose from a Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, Lotus, or one of the other race cars. Arrange for a hotel pickup and dropoff for an easy day of auto luxury in Milan!

Day 3: Castles and Chapels

The City of Milan has numerous chapels and castles to explore. Whether you want to see historic sites or ancient ruins, basilicas or cathedrals, you can choose from dozens. Some of these include the Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, Duomo Cathedral of Milan, and Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio. The two described below can’t be missed and are within walking distance of each other.

The Last Supper

See Da Vinci’s Last Supper mural in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent refectory. It may look small on the outside, but this chapel designed by Bramante is a sight to behold on the inside. Limited by space in 1476, the church was built on the site of an ancient worship place dedicated to Saint Satyrus in 879. Visits are kept to 15 minutes to preserve the work.

A Castle with Real Moats

You’ll tour and walk through the Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie before arriving at an incredible fortress. The 15th century Sforzesco Castle (Castello Sforzesco) has ravelins, walls, and two real moats for protection. One divides the Arms Courtyard from the Dual Courtyard, and there is one surrounding the building. The castle is also full of statues and vintage furniture and arms as well as museums right on the grounds.

Day 4: Museums and Galleries

Milan has over 60 museums, so you probably are not going to be able to visit them all. But some are definite must-sees. The Fondazione Prada has contemporary art as well as a haunted house in the middle. The Milan Science Museum will educate and entertain you with hands-on exhibits. Here are a couple more favorites.

The Museum of Milan Cathedral

In the same neighborhood as the Last Supper is the Museum of Milan Cathedral.  Starting in the 1380s, the colossal building was built where several other churches had been before. Many famous designers and architects worked on this cathedral, including Bramante and da Vinci. From the Gold Madonna at the top to the artwork on the front door, the entire place is a work of art.

The Fashion Museum

There are several fashion museums in Milan, but the best is the Palazzo Morando. Meander through charming streets to find your way from the Museum of the Milan Cathedral to this enthralling look at fashion. Inside a magnificent palace, the costumes, antique sculptures, and paintings show off the history of fashion in a unique way. See collections of sophistication as well as weirdness from hats to shoes.

Day 5: Excellent Tourist Attractions

Whatever you enjoy doing, you should be able to find someplace to do it in Milan. They have dozens of parks, hundreds of eateries, and so many other things to enjoy while you are in town. Rather than plan your day, walk, hop on the metro or take a cab to must-see highlights before heading home!

The Milan Walk of Fame

For those who enjoy the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, you will love La Walk of Fame in Milan. This hidden gem in a hallway of a busy gallery is full of celebrity signatures and handprints from stars like Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, and Francis Ford Coppola.

Sempione Park

The largest park in Milan, Sempione Park is more than just a green space. You can see the Arch of Peace made of marble, the Palace of the Arts with the Triennale Design Museum, the Civica sporting arena, and an aquarium with over 100 varieties of fish.

Monumental Cemetery

Why not wrap up your visit to Milan with a trip to the cemetery? This is a special cemetery, though, designed in the 1800s by Carlo Maciachini. It features thousands of statuary and sculptures created by many famous artists like Giannino Castiglioni, Gio Ponti, Adolfo Wildt, and Gio Pomodoro. Bring your camera.

About the Author

Hi! My name is James Wilson, adventurer and traveler. I was born in New York City, am 29 this year, and have been traveling since I was 19. New places fill me with an unexplainable joy, so let me share some of my experiences with you!

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