So here’s a list of the 10 best attractions in Milan. Following the beauties of the city of Milan that you must definitely visit before leaving our eco-hotel certified!
Whether your trip lasts a week or you only have one weekend available, don’t miss out on these beauties. The location of our eco-hotel, just a few steps from the subway, will allow you easy access to these wonders of Milan!
1 The Duomo of Milan
In the first place of the 10 best attractions in Milan is our beloved Duomo. Work on the construction of the cathedral of Milan began in 1387 at the behest of Giangaleazzo Visconti. The cathedral was finished in 1970 and today it shows its spires, several statues, and wonderful windows. On the most important spire, there is the famous Madonnina of Milan. Twenty hundred steps, or a comfortable lift, take you to the roof of the Duomo. A visit not to be missed!
To find out more about timetables and costs, visit the official website of the Duomo of Milan.
2. Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery
Ancient and present salotto of the elegant Milan. Today it is the destination of many travelers attracted by the architectural beauty and the most prestigious shops of the Made in Italy luxury.
The gallery with its wonderful glass vault was built between 1865 and 1877. It was created to connect Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Scala with a covered walkway, to facilitate the Lords of Milan.
3 The Sforza Castle
The Castello Sforzesco, a fifteenth-century defensive fortress, offers visitors the opportunity to relax in its garden and see many free works of art and some museums for a fee.
Inside the Castle, you can visit the Art Museum, the Art Gallery, the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Egyptian Museum (currently closed), the Museum of Pieta Rondanini.
To find out more about timetables and costs, visit the official website of the Castello Sforzesco.
4. The Brera Art Gallery
The Pinacoteca di Brera is housed in one of the most evocative neighborhoods of the city of Milan: Brera. It is one of the most important art exhibitions in the world. Inside you can admire the famous painting “The kiss” by Hayes and magnificent works by Bellini, Raffaello, Piero della Francesca.
Visit the website of the Pinacoteca di Brera for further information.
5. The Fashion Quadrilateral
The Quadrilatero della Moda is known to be the Milanese luxury district, the great names in clothing and design boast of their windows in this charming corner of the historic center.
Famous all over the world, it contains four important streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. Visit via Borgospesso, via Santo Spirito, via Gesù, via Sant’Andrea and via Bagutta.
6. The Navigli
The Navigli is a series of canals and waterways renowned for the Milanese nightlife. For years they have been the place of excellence of the famous Happy Hour Milanese.
The canals linked Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Ticino, and the Po.
The first canal was built in the 12th century: the Naviglio Grande with a system of dams invented by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century. (you can still see Leonardo’s Dam along the Naviglio Pavese). The Navigli were created for defensive purposes, to supply water to the city center and to transport goods.
7. The La Scala Theatre
Today the Teatro alla Scala in Milan is the ultimate opera house, its excellence is recognized worldwide. In addition to hosting important musical performances, it also hosts dance shows and significant performances.
Inside there is the Museum from where you can admire the Theatre.
8. The Monumental Cemetery
The Monumental Cemetery, is more than just a cemetery. It is an impressive open-air museum.
A space of 250 thousand square metres, a sort of great sanctuary of calm. It is a pleasant place to visit, full of information and interesting artistic details.
9. Porta Nuova and Corso Como
It’s a new district. We can definitely say that it is the most up-to-date Milan.
An entire area has been redesigned by internationally renowned architects. A new residential district, offices and shopping centres rise to the sky, equipped with gardens, modern squares and cycle paths.
Gae Aulenti is the most famous square, with the Unicredit Tower, the highest in Italy, the Diamond Tower between Viale della Liberazione and Via Galilei, and the Bosco Verticale two buildings located in Via De Castillia and Via Confalonieri in the Isola district.
In the last few years, this district has become the star of the nightlife. Many bars, pubs, and pizzerias to try.
10. The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci
We’re in the Refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Here is one of the greatest world masterpieces of Italian art: Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.
The Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza, known as il Moro, commissioned the work.
The event depicted is described in the Gospel according to St. John, the moment when Christ, sitting in the center with his Apostles on both sides, reveals that he will soon be betrayed by one of them, which will lead him to his crucifixion.