Milan is the second largest metropolis in Italy after Rome and the capital of Lombardy. It’s effectively generally known as being the house of high-end Italian trend designers, and many individuals come to Milan only for the buying.

Nonetheless, there’s tons extra to do in Milan than store. The town has spectacular artworks, together with one of the crucial well-known murals on the planet, Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Final Supper. It additionally has a great deal of museums, incredible meals, parks, church buildings, and cultural actions.

Milan additionally makes an awesome base for exploring the native area, with well-liked locations like Lake Como, Lake Garda, Verona, and Bologna, solely an hour or so away by practice.

We’ve visited Milan quite a lot of occasions, and in the present day we’re going to share an thought of how you can spend two days in Milan.

This information will embrace a prompt itinerary for every day in Milan, in addition to recommendations on getting round, the place to remain and the way to economize. We’ll additionally share some recommendations on day journeys from Milan.

2 Day Milan Itinerary

This two-day Milan itinerary is right for first-time guests to Milan, and people wishing to see the highlights of town. We prefer to pack in lots after we go to a metropolis, particularly on our first go to.

As all the time with our itineraries, we advocate utilizing this as a foundation, and adjusting it to fit your pursuits and journey fashion.

Should you’re on the lookout for extra choices, additionally take a look at our information to things to do in Milan. That article contains all of the sights on this itinerary in addition to quite a lot of different locations you may need to go to, particularly when you have greater than 2 days in Milan.

Milan Itinerary Day 1

Day one in every of our Milan itinerary has you visiting a few of the most well-known and well-liked sights within the metropolis, beginning with one of many world’s most well-known artworks.

As we speak the sights are all inside strolling distance of each other, and at the present time’s itinerary is about up for somebody who’s strolling between every attraction. However do take a look at our information to getting round in Milan in a while within the put up for different choices, as Milan additionally has an awesome public transit system and taxis are additionally simple to get.

If you’re planning on doing a sightseeing bus tour, then I’d most likely advocate doing it this morning so you can begin with an outline of town. I’d additionally plan your stops in an order that is smart with the bus schedule.

Additionally a notice in the present day that if you’re following our itinerary, we advocate bringing alongside your picture ID (for The Final Supper tickets) and to just remember to are dressed to fulfill the varied church costume code tips (shoulders and knees lined).

On with Day 1!

The Final Supper (Santa Maria della Grazie)

Leonardo Da Vinci is answerable for a few of the world’s most recognizable artworks, together with the Mona Lisa and the Vitruvian Man. The Final Supper is one other one in every of his immediately recognizable works, and also you’ll discover it in Milan.

It’s discovered painted onto the wall of the eating room of the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie, which continues to be a working church and Dominican convent.

Because the identify suggests, the mural depicts the Final Supper of Jesus with the Twelve Apostles. It freezes the second in time when Jesus has simply introduced that one of many twelve will betray him, and captures the vary of feelings that the apostles should this announcement.

The very first thing that strikes you whenever you see the paintings is the unbelievable sense of perspective that Da Vinci manages to convey. The portray completely suits with the room the place it’s painted, seeming to increase it into the horizon. And the entire composition is fastidiously crafted so all of the leading lines converge on the central determine of Christ.

It’s additionally superbly symmetrical, and the emotion on the faces of the varied topics appears to obviously seize how every character may need been feeling as Jesus revealed the revelation of his upcoming betrayal.

As we speak, the Final Supper is considered one of many world’s most essential artworks, and definitely one of the crucial essential that Da Vinci created.

Sadly, Da Vinci created the work utilizing experimental and unfamiliar strategies. This meant that it began to decay virtually instantly. Over the centuries, numerous restoration makes an attempt have been made, with various levels of success. The top result’s what you see in the present day, and while it’s nonetheless within the spirit of Da Vinci’s work, a lot of the unique has been misplaced.

That mentioned, it’s nonetheless fairly an unbelievable sight and effectively value seeing.

Should you do need to go to the Final Supper, which we advocate, you have to be conscious it is a very fashionable attraction and you’ll positively need to plan your go to upfront. This isn’t an attraction you’ll be able to simply flip up and go to.

Tickets are very restricted, with solely 30 guests allowed in per 15-minute time slot. Lots of these tickets are allotted to tour teams, however there’s an allocation for people to purchase tickets.

Particular person tickets will be purchased on the official web site here. Tickets are usually launched 1 to 4 months upfront, and have a tendency to promote out shortly. The announcement for when tickets will probably be placed on sale for upcoming months is revealed on the web site here.

Should you can’t discover a ticket for the dates you’re visiting Milan, your only option is to guide a tour which incorporates the Final Supper. Tour teams have entry to a separate ticket allocation, and normally have higher availability because of this.

While a tour goes to be costlier, it would benefit from together with an professional tour information who can clarify what you’re seeing. There’s little written info within the room itself, so having a tour information (or guidebook) is de facto helpful. Our information additionally took us on a guided go to of the church afterwards.

We visited the Final Supper as a part of this tour with Take Walks, one in every of our favourite strolling tour firms. We’ve taken excursions with all of them all over the world, and recognize the educated guides and small teams.

You’ll be able to test availability for his or her Final Supper tour right here, which after we took it additionally included a metropolis strolling tour and a go to to the Milan Duomo.

In the event that they don’t have availability, otherwise you’d identical to another choices, take a look at this list of tours on GetYourGuide for another choices.

No matter the way you go to, be sure to flip up upfront to permit loads of time so you’ll be able to gather your ticket and retailer your luggage, any meals/water, and different bigger objects within the on-site lockers. All meals and drinks (even bottled water) must be saved within the lockers and may’t be taken inside.

Once we visited, we additionally wanted picture IDs in an effort to gather our tickets, so we’d advocate additionally bringing alongside your passports.

Lastly, don’t overlook to allocate a while after your go to to take a look at the small museum, present store, and to go to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie as effectively. The church is free to go to and was accomplished in 1497, with the apse designed by notable architect Bramante.

Last Supper Da Vinci Santa Maria delle Grazie Milan

 

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

You probably have time between visiting The Final Supper and the Duomo, we advocate a cease at San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. This church is a couple of five-minute stroll from the church of Santa Maria della Grazie the place The Final Supper is discovered..

This dates from 1518, and was initially a part of Milan’s largest Benedictine convent. As we speak, the convent is the place you will discover the Civic Archaeological Museum, nonetheless, the church continues to be operational and appears a lot because it did when it was in use by the nuns.

The inside of the church is a vaulted nave which is split into two components. Considered one of these was the world for normal worship and is the place the primary altar is to be discovered. The opposite space was the Corridor of Nuns, and was the place the nuns would collect to watch mass by way of a grating.

Till the late 18th century, the nuns weren’t permitted to cross the divide into the final worship space.

The primary purpose you’ll want to go to the church is for the unbelievable frescoes that you will discover inside. These are discovered on either side of the church in addition to on the dividing wall, and depict quite a lot of spiritual scenes together with the lifetime of San Maurizio, the patron saint of Milan.

The church is free to go to however donations are after all welcome and appreciated. As it’s a spiritual constructing, a costume code which entails protecting your shoulders and knees applies. You’ll be able to see extra particulars about visiting on the website.

Notice about these interested by archaeology, also needs to take into account a go to to the adjoining Civic Archaeological Museum within the former convent. The museum covers the traditional to medieval durations, together with Milan’s time as capital of the Western Roman Empire. There’s an entrance charge to go to.

Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

 

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Subsequent really helpful cease is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, which is a couple of 10-minute stroll from the Chiesa di San Maurizio. This was Italy’s first Starbucks.

Starbucks clearly needed to make an affect with their first Italian venue. While Starbucks was initially impressed by Italian espresso tradition, American espresso tradition could be very completely different. It’s clear that thought went into establishing the primary Starbucks in Italy in an effort to bridge the divide.

We expect the hassle definitely paid off. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is discovered within the former Milan Inventory Change and Publish Workplace constructing, which is a really spectacular construction.

Inside, you’ll discover a big area the place you’ll be able to watch the espresso roasting course of from finish to finish, and select from a formidable array of espresso primarily based drinks. These vary from the anticipated classics by way of to every thing from pour-over coffees, espresso tasting flights, and even espresso primarily based cocktails.

There are additionally different, non-coffee primarily based drinks in addition to snacks. On-site you’ll additionally discover a retailer the place you should buy a spread of espresso paraphernalia and Starbucks souvenirs.

The Starbucks Roastery is free to go to. Even in case you aren’t a fan of Starbucks, we nonetheless advocate a fast take a look at the spectacular exterior and inside of this historic constructing. Yow will discover out extra about visiting on the official web site here.

After all, in case you would favor a extra conventional espresso expertise, we now have a advice for that too. There are lots of cafes to be present in Milan, however we’d advocate Marchesi 1824. The unique retailer is on the identical route you’ll be following, simply a few minutes’ stroll from the church.

Based in 1824, this is without doubt one of the oldest cafes and pastry retailers you’ll be able to go to in Milan, and the inside of the store is beautiful. So if you’re after a fast espresso choose me up and scrumptious pastry, this is a wonderful possibility. There are additionally a number of tables within the again in case you want a break.

Marchesi is now owned by Prada so there’s a second Milan location within the Prada retailer on the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

 

Duomo di Milano

Fortified with espresso, it’s time to go to one in every of Milan’s most spectacular buildings, the Duomo di Milan or Milan Cathedral. It’s a couple of 5 minute stroll from the Starbucks Reserve Roastery to the Milan Duomo.

This large marble development is without doubt one of the largest cathedrals on the planet, and a must-see when visiting Milan.

The Milan Duomo took virtually 600 years to construct, with the groundbreaking in 1386 and the constructing solely being formally accomplished in 1965.

This prolonged constructing length meant that the cathedral was constructed by way of each the Gothic and Renaissance durations, and the design attracts on quite a lot of usually contrasting architectural types.

As you may think, over the interval it was constructed the design fell out and in of trend. Alternatively revered and criticized by way of the ages, we personally assume that it was well worth the 600 12 months wait to get to the completed constructing.

As we speak, the Duomo is the cathedral church of Milan and an energetic place of worship. It’s the third largest church on the planet and the biggest in Italy, and there’s a lot to see right here.

Inside you’ll discover the world’s largest gothic vaults, statues, altars, sarcophagi and delightful stained-glass home windows. There’s additionally an essential relic which holds what’s believed to be one of many nails used within the crucifixion of Christ.

Beneath the Duomo, and accessed from inside, you’ll discover the Archeological Space. That is the place you’ll be able to see what has been excavated of the Baptisteries of Saint John and Santa Tecla which date from the 4th century AD.

Considered one of our favorite components of the Duomo is the roof terrace. The roof is a big area crammed with beautiful gothic spires, and it was designed so guests might come up and admire them up shut. Rooftop entry is feasible by way of both stairs or an elevator.

Lastly, simply throughout the Piazza from the Duomo is the Museum of the Duomo. Right here you will discover quite a lot of items of artwork and components like statues from the cathedral.

All of the areas of the Duomo require a ticket to entry. Totally different tickets can be found relying on which areas you wish to go to.

Many of the cathedral tickets embrace entry to the cathedral, the archaeological space, and the Duomo Museum. You pay additional in case you additionally need to go to the rooftop terraces.

Tickets will be purchased here. An possibility with an audioguide is out there here, or you’ll be able to guide a guided tour here. The Cathedral with rooftop entry can also be included on the Milan Pass.

Don’t overlook that that is an energetic spiritual constructing, and like in most church buildings throughout Italy, a costume code applies in case you want to enter the cathedral. This typically means nothing too skimpy and that it’s worthwhile to have each your shoulders and knees lined. This is applicable for each women and men.

Notice that if you’re on a decent funds, you’ll be able to nonetheless benefit from the vigorous Piazza del Duomo and the spectacular exterior of this magnificent cathedral without cost. It’s positively nonetheless value seeing even in case you aren’t planning to go inside.

Milan Duomo Interior

Milan Duomo Roof

 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Moments away from the Duomo, and on the identical Piazza, you will discover an entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is a large glass and metal shopping center fronted by a triumphal arch which opened in 1877.

That makes it one of many world’s oldest buying malls, and we’d argue it’s additionally one of many extra picturesque malls you’re prone to go to.

The four-storey inside consists of a pair of intersecting glass-topped arcades. The place the streets intersect, there’s a large glass and metalwork dome. On the bottom is a fantastic mosaic flooring.

If you’re interested by high-end buying, then the Galleria is unquestionably place to take a look at. Designer shops together with Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada can all be discovered inside, alongside bars, cafes, and eating places.

Even in case you aren’t buying on a high-end trend funds, we’d argue the Galleria is effectively value a go to. It’s free to go to, it’s proper by the Duomo, and it’s fairly a marvel to behold.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

 

La Scala Theatre

Only a minute’s stroll from the Galleria is the Teatro alla Scala, also called La Scala. This is without doubt one of the world’s most well-known opera homes. It dates from 1778, though it has been expanded and modernised through the years.

The theatre is totally operational, so you’ll be able to after all go to for a efficiency must you want. There are common ballet and opera performances, and if that is of curiosity you’ll be able to see the schedule of performances and guide tickets on the official web site here.

Nonetheless, you don’t have to soak up a efficiency to go to the theatre. There’s a small museum on website, or you’ll be able to take one of many hosted guided excursions that the theatre runs.

Museum entry offers you entry to a few of the containers, so you’ll be able to see the theatre itself. That is dependent after all on the rehearsal schedule, which you’ll be able to test on-line earlier than you go to.

Alternatively, you’ll be able to take one of many guided excursions. These have fairly restricted availability, so do guide upfront if you wish to do one in every of these. They provide excursions in each Italian and English. On a tour you get to see behind the scenes of how the theatre works. They’re a bit costlier than the museum entry, however you additionally get a way more in-depth expertise.

You’ll want to test tour occasions as they’re restricted, and it’s possible you’ll want to regulate this itinerary accordingly relying on the guided tour time.

You’ll be able to see tour occasions and costs, in addition to museum entry occasions and costs on the museum website here. Entry to the Museum can also be included on the Milan Pass.

La Scala Theatre Milan

La Scala Theatre Milan

 

Nighttime choices

After a full day of sightseeing, it’s possible you’ll be questioning what to do within the night. Now you could have quite a lot of choices.

After all, you possibly can have dinner and head again to your lodge or condo to chill out. You’ve definitely earned it. Try some concepts for Milanese dishes to strive in our information to things to do in Milan.

Within the heat climate months, there are many bars and eating places with out of doors tables arrange which might be excellent for having fun with an aperitivo and/or meal and watching the world go by.

Nonetheless, in case you did need some night leisure there are after all loads of choices.

First, you possibly can take an evening aperitivo tour like this. Or simply head out to a neighborhood bar for a drink and to take pleasure in native life.

Should you would favor to sightsee within the night, there are additionally evening walking tours like this, though it’s possible you’ll need to alter your itinerary for the day as these do revisit a few of the identical areas you’ve already been.

Another choice could be to attend a night efficiency of dwell music, opera or ballet. You’ll be able to see a few of the dwell performances accessible and guide tickets here.

Duomo at night Milan

 

Milan Itinerary Day 2

To your second day in Milan, you could have a number of choices. First, you possibly can take a day journey out of town. Milan is effectively positioned for exploring the native space, with quick practice journey opening up a wealth of potentialities.

We’ve got quite a lot of recommendations additional on within the put up for day journeys from town, however one nice possibility could be to take a day trip to Lake Como, which is simply an hour north of town.

You can even go to locations together with Verona, Florence, Bologna and even Venice from Milan.

Another choice could be to bask in a day of buying. We’ve included buying suggestions on this itinerary, however you’re welcome to dedicate the entire day to buying after all. For instance, if you wish to go to the outlet village you’d most likely need to spend a lot of the day there.

After all, there’s nonetheless tons extra to see in Milan, so listed below are some prompt stops for a second day within the metropolis.

 

Castello Sforzesco

Your first cease in your second day in Milan is the imposing Castello Sforzesco.

This was constructed because the residence of the highly effective household ruling Milan within the mid fifteenth century, they usually spared no expense in making it into fairly the construction.

It needed to be constructed for 2 functions, defensive and residential. Italy on the time was divided and dominated by completely different households, and conflicts weren’t unusual. So the Fort needed to be constructed to be extremely defensive.

Presumably nonetheless, no-one needed to dwell in a citadel that wasn’t additionally aesthetically pleasing. To unravel this downside, the best artisans of the day (together with Leonardo Da Vinci), have been employed to make sure it was additionally a grand place to dwell and entertain.

The general end result was moderately spectacular. When accomplished, it was one of many largest fortresses in Europe, with massively thick defensive partitions and towers that additionally occurred to have interiors designed by Da Vinci and Bramante. The most effective of each worlds.

As we speak, the vast majority of the citadel has survived, with a lot of it used to deal with quite a lot of fascinating museums. These cowl a spread of topics together with Renaissance artwork, archaeology, musical devices, and historical artwork. There’s even an unfinished marble sculpture by Michaelangelo.

You’ll be able to go to the citadel grounds without cost, however entry to the Fort Museums is ticketed. One ticket covers all of the museums inside the citadel. We expect it affords nice worth contemplating how a lot it contains. Simply remember to hold your ticket inside attain as you have to it as you go alongside to completely different sections of the citadel.

You’ll be able to spend a lot of the day exploring all of the museums right here (there’s a lot right here), so we’d advocate allocating at the very least a few hours right here.

You’ll be able to see costs and opening occasions here. It’s additionally included on the 3-day Vacationer Museum Card.

Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco

 

Parco Sempione

Discovered adjoining to Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione affords 95 acres of park land and spectacular views of the citadel. The truth is, it was in-built 1888 particularly with the purpose of giving park guests a panoramic view of the citadel, a purpose we predict it achieved.

After a number of hours exploring the museums and grounds of the citadel, the park makes for a welcome place to chill out for some time. There are sculptures and ponds to admire in addition to shaded garden to chill out on. You’ll additionally discover ice-cream distributors and there are sometimes musicians performing right here as effectively.

If you’re hungry, you may cease and seize some sandwiches or pizza and have a picnic on the park.

In order for you view of Milan, the park can also be dwelling to the 108 meter (354 ft) excessive Branca tower. This panoramic viewing tower affords a few of the greatest views of town, and it’s additionally served by an elevator making it a straightforward viewpoint to get to.

It’s ticketed, and you should buy your ticket on-line upfront here.

Branca tower view Milan

 

Pinacoteca di Brera

Milan has a wonderful collection of museums, protecting quite a lot of topics. Considered one of our favorite artwork museums in Milan is the Pinacoteca di Brera, which is only a 10-minute stroll from Parco Sempione.

This gallery focuses on work by Italian artists, protecting the thirteenth century by way of to the twentieth century. These artists embrace Raphael, Bramantino, Mantegana, and Canaletto, amongst many others.

There’s a charge to go to, and after we visited you wanted to pre-book your ticket on-line upfront to go to. You’ll be able to learn extra about opening occasions and costs on the official web site here.

After all, there are numerous different museums to select from in Milan relying in your pursuits, which you possibly can go to as an alternative of or in addition to the Pinacoteca di Brera.

In addition to the numerous museums in Castello Sforzesco, take into account testing:

We expect you must discover one thing to fit your pursuits from this collection of museums in Milan!

Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera

 

Buying on the Quadrilatero della Moda

One of many many causes that individuals go to Milan is for the unbelievable buying alternatives right here, so in your second day in Milan you possibly can positively bask in some retail remedy. Or simply some wallet-friendly window buying.

Just about each high-end Italian trend label has a retailer within the metropolis, so in case you needed so as to add to your wardrobe, Milan can positively kind you out.

Should you’re wanting to buy high-end designer put on in Milan, then we advocate you head to the Quadrilatero della Moda, which accurately interprets as trend sq.. It’s also generally known as the Through Montenapoleone trend district, That is round a 10-minute stroll from the Pinacoteca di Brera.

Right here you will discover the best focus of Italian design homes and boutiques. Milan isn’t just about high-end trend after all. You’ll additionally discover shops catering to a variety of budgets and types. You’ll additionally discover plenty of world manufacturers right here, not simply Italian ones.

Should you’d prefer to study extra about trend in Milan, you might also take into account taking a tour like this with a method information. They’ll information you thru the choices and also you’ll study concerning the historical past of trend, what a Made in Italy label means, and go to a designer’s studio.

If you’re extra in the hunt for a cut price, you then may take into account heading out of town to go to the Serravalle Designer Outlet centre. With over 200 shops, together with Versace, Gucci, Nike, Armani, Calvin Klein, Prada, Celine, Levis, Burberry, and The North Face, this large buying centre is positioned about an hour from Milan.

You’ll be able to go to the buying outlet by practice, or you’ll be able to guide a handy round trip shuttle transfer here.

Prada Storefront Milan

 

Shoah Memorial

Our subsequent really helpful cease is the Shoah Memorial which is positioned subsequent to the Milan Central practice station. The best option to get right here is to take the metro from the style district to the practice station, which takes about quarter-hour. There’s additionally a hop on hop off bus stop at Milan Central station, in addition to trolleybus companies you’ll be able to take.

Through the Second World Battle, tens of millions of Jews in addition to different teams deemed by the Nazis to be inferior have been systematically murdered.

Milan performed a task on this genocide. The Milan Centrale practice station was the deportation facility for the Jews of Northern Italy. Right here, they have been loaded onto trains and despatched to the focus camps, the place the vast majority of them have been killed.

This happened within the underground space of the practice station, which was designed for freight processing and transport. It was underground in order to keep away from disruption to passenger companies.

The underground location meant that processing and loading of prisoners onto the livestock freight vehicles might occur in secret. As soon as loaded, the vehicles have been raised by way of elevator onto the tracks and dispatched to the focus camps.

For many years, the underground Platform 21 was largely forgotten. Nonetheless, it has now been renovated and restored as a transferring public memorial, and it opened because the Memoriale Della Shoah Di Milano in 2013.

Right here the go to begins with an introduction by a employees member and inside you will note the deportation platform, a railway automotive used for deportation, the wall of names, testimonials, and locations of reflection.

There’s a charge for visiting, and you’ll find out extra about opening hours and costs here. It’s closed on Fridays. Guided excursions are usually accessible on weekends and it is strongly recommended that in case you want to do a guided tour, that you just guide these upfront.

You should definitely test their opening dates and occasions earlier than planning your go to. There’s additionally a library and bookshop positioned right here.

Shoah Memorial MIlan

 

Navigli District

To complete off your second day in Milan we advocate heading to the favored Navigli District. That is within the south of town, and is definitely reached by metro, with the closest cease being P. TA Genova FS.

It’s round a 25-minute journey from the Shoah Memorial or 20 minutes from the style district. There are additionally hop on hop off bus stops within the Navigli district.

Right here, you’ll discover what stays of Milan’s canal system. Initially, Milan had 5 canals, which have been used to move items to and from town. The marble used to assemble the Duomo for instance would have arrived by canal.

As we speak, solely two of the canals stay, the Naviglio Grande and the Naviglio Parvese. These type a triangle that’s in the present day generally known as the Navigli district.

It is a very fashionable place to whereas away a night over an aperitivo or meal. There’s a large vary of eating places and cafes to select from, and there are additionally artwork galleries, guide retailers and design shops to peruse.

It’s value noting that costs within the Navigli district for meals and drinks are normally somewhat increased than in different components of town because of the recognition. However it’s a pretty location and we all the time come right here for a drink and meal when in Milan.

Within the spring and summer season months you may also take into account taking a canal cruise, which you’ll be able to guide here (seasonal). A canal cruise can also be included on the Milan Pass.

You can even go to the Navigli space on a guided tour like this, and on an aperitivo tour like this.

Navigli district Milan

 

2 Day Milan Itinerary Abstract

Right here’s an outline of this two-day Milan itinerary.

  • Day 1: The Final Supper, Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala Theatre
  • Day 2: Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione, Pinacoteca di Brera, Buying on the Quadrilatero della Moda, Shoah Memorial, Navigli District

 

Map of Milan Issues to Do

That can assist you visualise our Milan itinerary and plan your day we’ve put collectively this map of the sights on every day. You can even see this on Google Maps here.

2 days in Milan itinerary map

 

Day Journeys from Milan

There’s a lot to see and do in Milan itself, however the metropolis additionally lends itself effectively to being a base for day journeys to the encompassing space.

Italy has a wonderful excessive pace rail system, so you possibly can simply put collectively your personal day journeys. Cities and cities like Verona, Bologna, Turin and Modena can all be reached by practice in beneath 90 minutes.

You can even get to well-liked locations like Lake Como and Lake Garda simply. Considered one of our favorite day journeys from Milan is Lake Como, the place you’ll be able to simply hop between the picturesque lake entrance villages on the ferry companies.

There are additionally quite a lot of firms providing guided excursions from Milan to close by sights. These usually embrace spherical journey transport and the companies of a information. Some additionally embrace extras like meals and attraction entry.

Some excursions we recommend from Milan embrace the next.

  • This full day tour which embrace Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna, in addition to a cruise on the lake
  • This full day tour which has you driving the Bernina practice by way of the Swiss Alps and visiting the well-known luxurious resort St. Moritz
  • This full day tour to Lake Como, Bellagio and Lugano, which additionally features a cruise on the lake
  • A full day tour to Cinque Terre from Milan
  • This full day tour to Verona and Lake Garda from Milan, which features a boat tour on the lake
  • This full day tour to the Ligurian coast, visiting Genoa and Portofino, with a sail boat experience included

Lake Como Italy

 

Suggestions for Visiting Milan

Our important tip for visiting Milan is to resolve effectively upfront which sights you actually need to see, and look into if it’s worthwhile to guide advance tickets or a tour.

The most well-liked attraction in Milan is the Final Supper, which additionally has essentially the most restricted tickets. So if that is in your checklist of sights to see, you’ll positively need to test when tickets turn into accessible on the official site so you should buy them as far upfront as doable.

Alternatively, look into the strolling excursions, such because the walking tour we did which included the Final Supper. Strolling excursions are likely to have higher availability nearer to the time, so that is additionally fall again possibility if tickets will not be accessible in your most popular date.

One other tour which could be very well-liked and has restricted availability is the guided tour of La Scala Theatre. So once more, you’ll want to test the official website to test when tickets turn into accessible and make an observation in your diary to guide them.

Different sights are likely to have higher availability, however it’s nonetheless value checking which require advance ticket purchases. On latest visits to Milan, we’ve needed to guide upfront to go to museums just like the Pinacoteca di Brera and for rooftop entry to the Duomo for instance.

The additional upfront you guide, the higher your probabilities of securing a timeslot that works to your itinerary, and the decrease the probabilities of disappointment.

The opposite factor to bear in mind when visiting Milan, as with different Italian cities, is that most of the sights are locations of worship. As such, they usually have a costume code which will probably be enforced.

The costume code usually requires women and men to cowl their shoulders and their knees. Males are additionally required to take away any hats.

If you’re visiting Italy within the cooler months, then this costume code will most likely be simple to stick to. Nonetheless, in the summertime months it is rather frequent to see guests being turned away as a result of they aren’t appropriately dressed.

Should you don’t need to put on lengthy sleeves or pants, you then may need to journey with a light-weight travel wrap so you’ll be able to cowl your self when vital, after which pack it away when not in use.

 

The place to Keep in Milan

Milan has loads of lodging choices to select from. Listed here are some prompt choices, ordered roughly by funds from low to excessive.

  • Ostello Bello – in case you’re on the lookout for a centrally positioned funds possibility in Milan, this can be a nice possibility. Simply 10 minutes’ stroll from the Duomo, Ostello Bello affords each personal and dormitory lodging, with each dinner and breakfast included.
  • Babila Hostel & Bistrot – one other effectively reviewed and centrally positioned hostel, Babila Hostel has each personal rooms and dormitory fashion lodging. Breakfast is included.
  • Hotel Star – a wonderful worth and effectively reviewed 3* lodge inside shut strolling distance of town centre sights. En-suite rooms with breakfast accessible.
  • Rooms Milano Duomo – 2 minutes stroll from the Duomo, this can be a good 3* property with wonderful evaluations. Rooms are en-suite, some with metropolis views, and include tea/espresso making amenities
  • Hotel Bristol – If you’re touring by practice, this 3* lodge is a wonderful alternative. It’s proper by Milan central station, that includes en-suite air-conditioned rooms
  • Brunelleschi Hotel – A effectively rated and good worth 4* lodge simply moments from the Duomo and different city-centre sights. Rooms are all en-suite, and a breakfast buffet is included.
  • Matilde Boutique Hotel – a really effectively rated 4* boutique lodge only a few moments stroll from the Duomo. There’s a restaurant and bar on website, breakfast is included, and rooms are all en-suite.
  • Room Mate Giulia – one other extremely rated and centrally positioned 4* lodge. Rooms are trendy and en-suite, and breakfast is out there.
  • Galleria Vik Milano – discovered inside the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, this effectively positioned 5* lodge affords excessive finish lodging. Some rooms have views of the gallery, breakfast is included, and naturally rooms are en-suite with espresso machines.

Hopefully this offers you loads of choices – no matter your funds.

 

The best way to Get Round Milan

While Milan is a big metropolis, a lot of the sights that guests will need to see will be discovered in direction of the centre, inside strolling distance of one another. As well as, we’ve arrange this itinerary in as logical a method as doable, to minimise journey time and maximise sightseeing.

That mentioned, you may nonetheless need to benefit from the general public transport system to get to and out of your lodge, or to go to areas just like the Navigli district.

The excellent news is that Milan has a wonderful public transport system which incorporates an underground metro, trams, trolleybuses, and buses. There are additionally hop on hop off buses that cowl the primary customer sights, in addition to e-scooters and bikes which will be rented by way of smartphone apps.

Usually we use the underground metro as we discover it to be quick and value efficient, and the 5 metro strains cowl a lot of the metropolis.

To experience the general public transport system, you should buy both single use tickets, or you should buy a single day or three-day ticket. Clearly the most effective worth will rely on how a lot you propose to make use of public transport throughout your keep in Milan.

Milan Tram

 

Instructed Strolling Excursions in Milan

Considered one of our favorite methods to discover a brand new metropolis is on a strolling tour. We’ve taken numerous strolling excursions in cities internationally and a great deal of them in Italy.

  • This 3 hour walking tour affords most of the highlights of town in addition to Final Supper tickets and entry to the Milan Duomo. That is the strolling tour we took in Milan that included our Final Supper tickets and tour.
  • There are comparable excursions to the above, so if that one doesn’t have availability, take a look at both this 3 hour walking tour which incorporates skip the road entry to the Duomo and tickets to The Final Supper or this tour which incorporates the Final Supper.
  • This private fashion tour with a method information can have you studying all concerning the historical past of trend and visiting a few of Milan’s most well-known designer shops
  • This small group gourmet food tour contains stops at quite a lot of areas with tastings and drinks
  • This evening aperitivo tour focuses on the late afternoon custom of aperitivo, with drinks and road meals fashion snacks within the stylish Navigli space
  • This food and walking tour of the historic Brera district contains quite a lot of conventional regional dishes and wines
  • This 1.5 hour tour of Cimiterio Monumentale is an effective option to go to the cemetery and see a few of the extra fascinating areas
  • This walking tour of the Navigli space contains info on the historical past and design of the canals and the evolution of the world
  • Should you choose to see Milan at night time, this 2 hour evening tour takes you across the historic heart of Milan at night time and shares tales of town.

Hopefully you will discover loads of choices for excursions in Milan if that’s of curiosity to you.

Last Supper Museum Milan

 

Saving Cash with Milan Attraction Passes

Once we go to a metropolis, we all the time test to see if there’s a metropolis sightseeing go that may save us cash. These usually embrace free or discounted entry to sights, and likewise usually embrace public transport.

The primary passes which might be accessible for Milan are:

  • The Milan Pass. This 48-hour metropolis go features a hop on hop off bus, free entry to varied museums together with La Scala, Duomo with rooftop entry, in addition to the choice to incorporate public transport.
  • The Milano Card. This card contains free public transport and reductions on quite a lot of museums and sights. Out there for 1, 2, or 3 days.
  • The Tourist Museum Card. This three day card contains entry to the civic museums of Milan, which incorporates the 8 museums in Castello Sforzesco in addition to 5 different museums. It’s an awesome worth card if the museums it covers are in your itinerary.

For many guests we predict Milan Cross makes essentially the most sense because it contains free entry to the preferred sights in Milan together with the rooftop of the Duomo. It additionally contains the hop on hop off bus and a Navigli Canal Cruise (seasonal).

If you’re extra interested by public transport and visiting some sights with a reduction, then the Milano Card may make extra sense.

Castello Sforzesco

 

Additional Studying

We’ve visited Italy many occasions, and have explored plenty of the cities and areas that the nation has to supply. Listed here are some extra posts we predict you’ll discover helpful that will help you plan your journey.

And that’s it for our information to spending 2 days in Milan! As all the time, when you have any questions or feedback, simply pop them within the feedback part beneath and we’ll get again to you as quickly as we will.

A detailed guide to spending 2 days in Milan. What to see and do, where to stay, how to get around and how to save money in Milan!



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