1) Duomo Cathedral
The Duomo of Milan is the number one visited church in the city for its extensive beauty and fascinating history. It is the main symbol of Milan and is well-known for its unique gothic architecture which is composed of rare white marble. The Duomo is the 5th largest church in the world bringing in thousands of tourists from all over the world. If you get a chance, I recommend you climb to the top where you can experience a once in a lifetime stroll on the terrace overlooking the city skyline.
2) Castello Sforzesco and Parco Sempione
Milan has many hidden gems! One of my favourites is Castello Sforzesco, a fortress that was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan. It was one of the largest citadels in Europe and was once used as a magnificent Renaissance residence. It’s amazing to walk through the grounds and relive it’s history. Afterwards, you can relax in the park next door decorated with gardens, fountains and small ponds. Tip: Free entry is offered from 2pm every Tuesday and for the last hour of every day.
3) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest and most elegant shopping malls. This outdoor arcade is four stories tall and filled with high-end luxurious boutiques for endless shopping. This palace-like mall was built by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1865 and still stands as beautiful as ever! You’ll be able to find Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, and many other haute couture shops here.
4) Santa Maria delle Grazie
A famous UNESCO World Heritage site, the Santa Maria delle Grazie contains much more than just the mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The architecture of this church is sophisticated yet outstanding, making it a true symbol of Italian Renaissance. Make sure you get a chance to visit this masterpiece on your trip to Milan!
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5) Brera District
Brea District is a famous district within Milan known as one of the city’s liveliest places at night. It is filled with restaurants, bars, night clubs, markets and shops, leaving you with endless possibilities. This is the perfect destination to unwind, try local cuisine, meet fellow travellers and even locals.
Milan was a fun weekend trip and I would definitely head back there again. Maybe next time during Fashion Week!