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MILAN CLOCK TOWER

LOCATION:- Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy

Almost every popular European city has its own ancient clock tower and Milan is no different. Situated in Via Mercanti, the bell tower was the first example of a public clock. Before the existence of sun dials, this clock tower was an integral part of life for the Milanese. The medieval masterpiece is a classic example of Milan’s neoclassical art prowess, and should be the starting point of your Milanese journey.

Milan Clock Tower

ARCO DELLA PACE

LOCATION:- Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano, Italy

Commonly referred to as ‘The Arch of Peace’, the Arco della Pace is a 19th-century triumphal arch. It was built to as a symbol of peace between European countries, and is often termed as the ‘Arch of Victory’ as well. This gate is an architectural marvel, and consists of bronze pillars and white equestrian sculptures contributed by three of the most famous artists in Milan. Another remainder of neoclassical architecture, Arco della Pace is a perfect place to study Milan’s history. 

Arco della Pace

PIAZZA CORDUSIO

LOCATION:- Milan, Italy

One of the two most important squares in Milano, Piazza Cordusio is a major transportation hub for the Milanese. Originally a stock exchange square, it has now transformed itself into a modern beauty that is a pleasure to walk through. Hints of the 19th century are still visible in the buildings, banks and post offices around here. Piazza Mercanti and Piazza del Duomo are at a walking distance from this square. 

Piazza Cordusio

ROYAL PALACE

ENTRY FEE:- €9

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 8846 5230

OPENING HOURS:- Sun, Tue, Wed & Fri: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Mon; 2:30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.; Thu & Sat: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano, Italy

‘Palazzo Reale’ is one of the city centre’s (Piazza del Duomo) biggest highlights. Large halls, extravagant furnishing and magnificent stairways are what make this royal palace so eagerly visited. Today, this palace hosts two of Milan’s most important museums, and is considered to be the backbone of the city’s contemporary art history. A guided tour is highly recommended.

Royal Palace

PIAZZA DEI MERCANTI

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 0202

LOCATION:- Piazza dei Mercanti, 20123 Milan

Popularly known as the ‘Merchant’s Square’, Piazza dei Mercanti is the hub of Milan’s historic buildings and palaces. Within this piazza, lies the Logia degli Osii - Milan’s ancient administration building. This square is the perfect blend of ‘old meets new’. A tour of Milan is incomplete without exploring Piazza dei Mercanti, but be warned, the square is crowded most of the time.

Piazza dei Mercanti

SFORZESCO CASTLE

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 8846 3700

OPENING HOURS:- 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza Castello, 20121 Milan

The majestic Sforzesco Castle was built as a fortress during the 14th century and today, it’s looked upon as a symbol of power and prestige. Among the many noted names that inhabited this castle were Beatrice d’Este and Ludovico il Moro – the couple whose art and furnishing work adorn the castle to this day. As of today, the castle features works of Pieta Rondanini, which is Michaelangelo’s masterpiece along with an extensive display of Egyptian art. The artworks are part of Museo d’Arte Antica, located within the castle.

Sforzesco Castle

SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 467 6111

OPENING HOURS:- Mon-Sat: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.; Sun: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milano, Italy

Renowned for housing Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, Santa Maria delle Grazie is a gothic brick church in Milano. Thousands of tourists visit this church to admire the maestro’s art, and several other stunning artworks. The Santa Maria delle Grazie is one of Italy’s most important Renaissance galleries, and a tour with a local guide is highly recommended. 

Santa Maria delle Grazie

SAN SIRO STADIUM

ENTRY FEE:- €17; reduced – €12

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 4879 8201

OPENING HOURS:- 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazzale Angelo Moratti, 20151 Milano, Italy

Home ground of Italy’s two biggest teams - AC Milan and Inter Milan, the San Siro stadium comes alive with deafening roars during weekends. With a capacity of 80,000 seats, San Siro is one of the largest and highly celebrated stadiums in Europe. The stadium also houses a museum, and frequently hosts music events and concerts.

San Siro Stadium

PINACOTECA DI BRERA

ENTRY FEE:- €10

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 7226 3264

OPENING HOURS:- 8:30 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. (closed on Monday)

LOCATION:- Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano, Italy

Another world class museum in Italy, the Pinacoteca di Brera has an astonishing collection of art works. After Napoleon’s invasion, Milan became the hub of art, and this museum was a critical component in Milan’s art circuit, with about 40 exhibition rooms. Works by Italian painters like Raphael, Tintoretto, Veronese and Caravaggio are featured in the collection, and this art-school-turned-museum is one landmark which you should definitely check out when you’re exploring Milan.

Pinacoteca di Brera

CIVICA GALLERIA D'ARTE MODERNA

ENTRY FEE:- Visit http://www.gam-milano.com/en/home/ for tickets

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 8844 5943

OPENING HOURS:- 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (closed on Monday)

LOCATION:- Villa Reale, Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano, Italy

Housed at Villa Reale, the ‘Gallery of Modern Art’ is one of the most important landmarks in the Lombardy capital. The collection of artwork housed in this gallery includes some of the finest works from Italian and European artists. Today, Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna also hosts temporary exhibitions and selection of drawings from the UBS Art collection.

Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna

SEMPIONE PARK

ENTRY FEE:- €4

OPENING HOURS:- 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milan

Escape the clutter and clamour of Milan at Parco Sempione, a 116-acre urban spread between Piazza Sempione and Castello Sforzesco. Relax and unwind on the immaculate gardens, bask in the stunning fountains, click pictures with the gorgeous Arco della Pace in the background, and let your little ones play around. Sempione Park is walking distance from several museums as well.

Sempione Park

VERTICAL FOREST

OPENING HOURS:- 24 hours

LOCATION:- Bosco Verticale, 20124 Milan

Yes, it is exactly how it sounds. The Vertical Forest in Milan is one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions (albeit from the outside), and comprises about 800 trees. An award-winning duo of residential towers that are 111 metres and 76 metres tall respectively, this structure also houses an 11-story office building. These towers were inaugurated in 2014, and were designed by Boeri Studio, along with some inputs from horticulturalists and botanists. A spectacular sight for nature lovers, Vertical Forest truly takes the skyline of Milan up a notch.

Vertical Forest

DUOMO

ENTRY FEE:- €3

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 72022656

OPENING HOURS:- 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano, Italy

‘Duomo’ meaning cathedral, or church, is a significant religious landmark in the Lombardy capital. Also called the ‘Cathedral of Milan’, this church is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The largest church in Italy and the fifth largest church in the world, Milan Cathedral took almost 6 centuries for its entire construction! The highlights of this church are its interiors comprising of magnificently carved ceilings and intricate furnishing. The rooftops are glorious as well, offering a splendid panorama of the entire city. Much of the city’s history – from Michelangelo to Mussolini – has revolved around this cathedral. 

Duomo

SANT'AMBROGIO

ENTRY FEE:- Visit- http://www.basilicasantambrogio.it/

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 8645 0895

OPENING HOURS:- 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, 15, 20123 Milano, Italy

Founded by Saint Ambrose (also the patron saint of the city), Sant'Ambrogio is one of the oldest churches in Milan. A definite Romanesque masterpiece, the list of things to see at this church is quite huge. Starting from the large portico, Sant'Ambrogio has an atrium, a pulpit and a 4th century Stilicone sarcophagus. The casing of the high altar is one of the highlights of this church, and the mosaic dome is also noteworthy. Sant'Ambrogio is an Italian wonder and undoubtedly worth your attention.

Sant'Ambrogio

SAN MARCO

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 2900 2598

OPENING HOURS:- 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.; 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza S. Marco, 2, 20121 Milano, Italy

The church of San Marco is extremely popular among the Milanese. Martin Luther King and a young Mozart were rumoured to frequent this church during their respective eras. San Marco also shoulders a beautiful Bell Tower at the back of the building. Among the many renowned artworks in this church, the painting "Madonna with Child in her arms" by the legendary artist Leonardo Da Vinci is worth checking out.

San Marco

SAN LORENZO MAGGIORE

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 8940 4129

OPENING HOURS:- Mon-Sat: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Sun: 10:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m., 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Corso di Porta Ticinese, 35, 20123 Milano, Italy

Located in Corso di Porta Ticinese, the San Lorenzo Maggiore is renowned for its large dome and spacious churchyard. The dome is intricately decorated and stands as a testimony to the masterful Roman paintings. The frescoes and decorations at the back of the church are worth seeing as well. Interestingly, San Lorenzo Maggiore is rumoured to have powerful spiritual vibes, and visitors here experience a sense of peace unlike anywhere else.

San Lorenzo Maggiore

SAN SATIRO

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 874683

OPENING HOURS:- Tue-Sat 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sun 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Via Torino, 17/19, 20123 Milano, Italy

A short stroll towards the south of Duomo takes you right across San Satiro. An architectural masterpiece, San Satiro was perfected by Bramante, and displays his skill in perspective and his infamous command over proportions. San Satiro is famed for its arches and columns, giving it almost a geometrical look. A gem of Italian architecture, San Satiro is one church which the locals highly recommend.

San Satiro

GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 8845 5555

OPENING HOURS:- 24 hours

LOCATION:- Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milan, Italy

Only a few shopping malls in this world have a history as spectacular as this one. Erected back in 1867, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II comprises of exceptional dome architecture, along with a host of flagship stores. The streets and façades of this impeccable building display historic mosaic work, along with a marvellous display of shops and restaurants.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II was named after the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuelle II. The stunning iron and glass roof that the building is famous for, was conceptualised and designed in 1861 by Guiseppe Mengoni, and brought to life between 1865 and 1877. Whether for shopping or architecture, this marvellous monument deserves to be among the top attractions in Milan.

 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

LA SCALA OPERA HOUSE

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 88791

OPENING HOURS:- 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION:- Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano, Italy

Not just Milan’s highlight, La Scala is one of the most renowned Opera houses in the entire world! It has featured some of the best opera singers and continues to do so, all the while inspiring and offering opportunities to new singers. La Scala has its own orchestra, chorus and a ballet company, making this opera house a comprehensive musical venue. 

La Scala Opera House

PARAGLIDING

Apart from the architecture, the natural beauty of Milan is breath-taking too. You probably won’t see Milan the same way once you capture the essence of the city from high above.  Paragliding is a popular activity among locals and tourists alike and it’s something you should definitely try in between all the sightseeing. There are several agencies in the city that organize paragliding, and each has its independent meeting points. To know more, check out:

http://wefly.gibi.info/en/il-volo/ 

http://www.flylibell.com/home-page 

Paragliding

GO KARTING

If outdoor activities aren’t your thing, Milan has some interesting indoor activities lined up as well. Go Karting is extremely popular in the Lombardy capital, and the Milanese are quite competitive and energetic when it comes to a Go Kart race. If you’re up for it, rest assured that you’re in for a wild and adrenaline-filled day. 
For further information, visit: 
http://www.mokart.it/ 

 

Go Karting

FOOTBALL AT LA TORRETTA

Not only are the Milanese really good at playing football, they’re avid fans of the sport as well. During weekends, most residents look for an escape from the city life and La Torretta welcomes them eagerly. A large rural landscape, La Torretta has an interesting mish-mash of activities to keep you entertained. From football to horse-riding and even learning the tricks of the agricultural trade, La Torretta presents itself as a perfect sporty getaway.
Visit http://www.torretta.it/default.asp for further information regarding location and schedule.

 

Football at La Torretta

DO AN APERITIVO CRAWL

OPENING HOURS:- Varied

LOCATION:- Navigli, Corso Como, Corso Sempione

A foodie’s itinerary in Milan is incomplete without an aperitivo crawl – great Milanese food, excellent beers and endless bar-hopping. The city’s best bars burgeon with lively people in a friendly atmosphere, and as a traveller, what more could you ask for? Hang out with your significant other or group of friends at the aperitivo bars, drinking delish cocktails and enjoying dinner buffet-style. For a great crawl experience, head to the neighbourhood of Navigli, Corso Como or Corso Sempione that offer a vast selection of aperitivo bars for you to explore.

Do an aperitivo crawl

SPIN THE BULL AT GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELLE II

OPENING HOURS:- 24 hours

LOCATION:- Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milan, Italy

You wouldn’t expect something like this in one of the world’s most gorgeous malls, but that’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II for you! In the centre of the mall, there’s a tile image of a prancing bull that is waiting for you to ride on it. According to the locals, riding the bull represents good luck. You may shop at the fanciest stores in this mall, but later, do take to the bull for an incredibly fun spin – an activity that you won’t find anywhere else in Milan.

Spin the bull at Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II

VISIT THE ANNUAL SALONE DEL MOBILE

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 725941

OPENING HOURS:- 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (dates vary every year)

LOCATION:- Federlegno Arredo Eventi spa Foro Buonaparte 65 20121 Milano

April’s Salone del Mobile is the biggest annual event in Milan which sees over 350,000 visitors from across 160 countries. Over a period of six days, more than 2000 exhibitors come together to showcase furniture designs, which is followed by fun cocktail evenings and lively parties at the Fuori Salone fringe back in town. Now in its 56th edition as the international benchmark event for the furnishing and design sectors, Salone del Mobile is a must-visit furniture fair if you’re travelling to Milan in April. Pre-registration is recommended to buy tickets at reduced prices.

Visit the annual Salone del Mobile

VISIT THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX IN MONZA

An experience of a lifetime for luxury travellers, a tour to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza is sure to give you an insight into Italy’s love for Formula 1. Monza, the temple of speed, is located just 40 kilometres away from Milan, and allows car racing enthusiasts to spend a couple of days in the locale, relishing the proceedings in a pleasant climate. Book a guided tour that includes a visit to Monoza Park where the races are hosted, your stay for the duration, and a range of luxury dining and entertainment experiences on your way. Take advantage of the guides’ local expertise, for this surely is an experience of a lifetime. 
Check out www.grandprixevents.com for more details on guided tours.

 

Visit the Italian Grand Prix in Monza

ACQUARIO CIVICO

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 8846 5750

OPENING HOURS:- 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed on Monday)

LOCATION:- Viale G. B. Gadio 2, 20121 Milan, Italy

The third oldest aquarium in Europe, Acquario Civico was built in 1905, and is located at the edge of the Sempione Park. This aquarium features 100 different types of underwater life in over 20 tanks. An excellent way to kill some time and learn about marine biology simultaneously, Acquario Civico is a great location to interest your little ones. 

Acquario Civico

LA SALUMERIA DELLA MUSICA

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 5680 7350

LOCATION:- Via Antonio Pasinetti, 4, 20141 Milan

Having secured a position in DownBeat’s list of 100 best jazz clubs in the world, La Salumeria della Musica is the perfect location for you to kick back and relax during the evening, catching up on a literary or cultural event. The food is amazing, and the wine plays the perfect companion to the wide variety of cheese. After a day packed with activities, reserve a table here during evening to let your hair down and unwind.

La Salumeria della Musica

ATMOSFERA: TRAM RISTORANTE

ENTRY FEE:- Free

PHONE NUMBER:- +39 02 4860 7607

OPENING HOURS:- 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Piazza Castello, 20121 Milan

Dine in a restored vintage tram at Piazza Castello where you enjoy a four-course meal with a panoramic view of the city of Milan. Tram Ristorante offers an unbeatable dining experience in the form of ATMosfera with its sophisticated décor, and three types of menu: meat, fish and vegetarian. This tram was restored to create a luxury setting where people could enjoy great food while enjoying a sightseeing tour of the city. The tram leaves every afternoon at 1 p.m., and again, every evening at 8 p.m. from Piazza Castello, after which, dinner is served for a set menu of €70.

ATMosfera: Tram Ristorante