Things to See & Do

Giardini Park

Duomo di Milano

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

An 18th century public garden. Inside the park you can find the Natural History Museum, the Palazzo Dugnani and the Planetarium.

One of the largest cathedrals in the world. It took over 600 years to complete. Entrance fees start at 2€ ($2.26) (Cathedral only). You can choose different passes depending on what parts you want to visit (terraces, museum, etc.).

A high-end shopping mall in a 19th century glass covered arcade.

Castelo Sforzesco

A 15th century castle and fortress with museums housing art by da Vinci & Michelangelo.

Navigli Distric

Two canals run along the district, lined with restaurants, cafes, bars, design shops and art galleries. Perfect for an evening stroll. If you hadn’t yet, you’ll fall in love with Milan here.

Museums

Milan is house to over 80 museums. The Pinacoteca di Brera, Museo del Novecento, the list goes on. Do some research and tag the ones you want to see.

Where to Eat

Cioccolati Italiani

Some of the most tantalizing and delicious gelato and cafe treats you’ll taste. The line was out the door, but moved quickly. Yes. Try some.

Osteria del Gnocco Fritto

This was an amazing dinner after a day filled with walking around and taking in the city’s beauty. The charcuterie and fresh baked bread was amazing.

Where to Stay

Anywhere, really

Anywhere you can afford; Milan is more expensive than Rome and other major cities in Italy. We stayed within a 15-20 minute walk of the central train station. From there we were walking distance to everywhere we listed. This also made it easy to catch the early morning bus to the airport. The hotel itself was not nice at all but it was in a good location, very close to Giardini Park. We paid $96/night and it was the cheapest we could find close to the city center. Below is a description of the main neighborhoods of the city.

Centro Storico

The historic city center. If you stay here you will be in the heart of Milan and will have many attractions at your doorstep.

Brera

Brera is the artsy district. It was initially known as the bohemian district but is more high-end nowadays.

Navigli

Stay here if you like nightlife.

Porta Romana

A bit outside the city center. More residential and affordable.

Ticinese

A hipster neighborhood, if that’s your vibe.

Tips & Resources

Length of Stay

Getting Around

2- 3 days but can be done in one if you don’t have more time.

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We were able to walk from arrival to departure. Put on your walking shoes and get exploring. You can also opt to use public transportation and can get an unlimited day pass for €4.50 ($5.09) or a weekly pass for €11.30 ($12.79). Uber is also an option if you’re tired of walking and don’t want to wait for a bus or a train.

Museums

Many museums are free or are free on the first Sunday of every month. Check out this website for a list of free museums and this website for museums that are free on the first Sunday of every month.

Helpful Apps

  • Guida Milano: A great city guide.

  • VisitMilano: has information on public transit and events happening while you’re there.

  • Mobike: want to see the city on a bike? This bike-sharing app will hook you up!

  • Klook: A great app with affordable tours and activities.

  • Airbnb: find lodging and book “experiences.”

  • Ulmon: City maps youo can use without WiFi or data.

  • Google Maps: You can download a map area for use without cell service or WiFi service. We also always save our lodging on the map as well as ideas for things to-do, places to visit, restaurants, cafes, etc. It saves time for us when we want to grab a coffee or a bite to eat.

  • Google Translate: This is helpful during those language barrier moments when you need to ask a question or make a menu item request. Also good for translating food labels or other signs. You can download Italian and still use the app if you have no service.

  • WhatsApp: A free messaging app to keep in touch with friends and family. WhatsApp also has free audio and video calling.

  • XE Currency: How many dollars is that?