Milan – Italy’s Capital of Fashion and Design

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The magical cathedral on the impressive Cathedral Square, La Scala in Milan and the Last Supper painting. In addition, elegant designer boutiques, beautiful churches with valuable paintings and the enjoyment of Italian cuisine are a good reason to visit Milan.

Milan is not only the buzzing engine of the Italian economy. The city has become a metropolis worth seeing for the last 20 years. Milan is one of the leading cities in fashion and design. Elegantly, the city has always been, and rich. But this wealth is hidden behind simple facades. Only those who can take a look inside the marble-paneled stairwells and the green oases in the courtyards can imagine the true splendor.

Top Attractions and Things to Do in Milan

The landmark of Milan is the cathedral Duomo with the golden Madonna on top. It is the #1 of Milan attraction. You absolutely need tickets or a guided program with an indoor tour and a rooftop tour.

Piazza della Scala is home to the famous La Scala Opera House, where only the world’s best singers perform. Opera lovers attend a performance at the Teatro alla Scala. The ballet troupe of the Teatro alla Scala also has world level. From the outside, the Teatro alla Scala is rather simple in its neoclassical architectural style. A visit to the Scala Theater Museum is very interesting and takes you through the history of the Scala and its most important composers and opera singers.

The covered Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the Salon of Milan and connects the Cathedral Square with Piazza della Scala. The glass roof of the gallery forms a cross that can be seen from the roof of the cathedral. In the center of the gallery is the floor decorated with large floor mosaics that represent the most important cities in Italy. You’ll find fine shops, famous restaurants and coffee bars here and a luxury hotel. If it doesn’t have to be a Gucci handbag or Prada, check out Borsalino. There are very nice hats for her and him at affordable prices.

Leonardo da Vinci (1252-1519) was a genius. Painter, engineer, astronomer, scientist and, more generally, a great thinker. Leonardo was born in Tuscany, but he was drawn to the Milan court as a young man. Even then, Milan was considered a modern city. Commissioned by Duke Ludovico il Moro, Leonardo da Vinci painted the Duke’s bedroom Sala delle Asse and the painting Lady with Ermine, a portrait of the mistress of Duke Ludovico il Moro. His most famous work is the Last Supper, it took Leonardo da Vinci 4 years of work. The Last Supper painting by Leonardo da Vinci is in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. It is the most famous and copied painting in the world.

The rush is so great that tickets are often sold out months in advance.  The best way is to combine the visit with a city tour. Then we take care of the tickets.

The Castello Sforzesco was the castle of the Duke of Milan. The Museum of the Sforza Castle houses, among other things, the last masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pietà Rondanini. Behind the castle is a beautiful English garden, where you can spread a blanket in summer and meet for a picnic. At the other end of the park, called Parco Sempione in the city map, is the Arco della Pace.

There are many monasteries in Milan. It was usually the daughters of the better families who were “surrendered” there while their brothers were busy being useful to the family and increasing the fortune. The monasteries were, of course, very well supported financially, so there was no lack of anything (well …).

The church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore was painted by Leonardo’s students and is also known as the “Sistine Chapel of Milan.” For guided groups, the monastery is open for a visit.

Milan’s new skyline stretches out in the Porta Nuova area with award-winning skyscraper Bosco Verticale. It was one of the first residential towers with such an integrated concept for a green facade. The two towers are in the modern Porta Nuova district.

Napoleon’s former residence now houses the beautiful Galleria d ‘Arte Moderna (GAM) museum. There you will find paintings and sculptures by Italian artists, but also by Cezanne and Gauguin.

In the church of Sant ‘Eustorgio there are some relics of the Magi from the East. The bones were stolen by Barbarossa during his crusade and brought to Cologne in Germany. The Cologne Cathedral was specially built to house the bones of the Three Kings.

The Naviglio is Milan’s artificial water way. On the Naviglio, the marble needed for the cathedral was transported. For this purpose, one of the canals was extended to the construction site of the cathedral. There was a cargo port just behind the cathedral. Today, the canals have disappeared almost everywhere under the streets. The Naviglio Grande is a nice destination within the city for an aperitif. On just under 500m to the right and left you will find many bars and restaurants.Between the Naviglio Grand e and Naviglio Pavese is the port, called Darsena.

From antiquity come, among other things, the columns in Porta Ticinese, the Colonne di San Lorenzo, opposite the basilica of the same name. We prefer to come here on balmy summer evenings. Then the place is filled with dolce vita and visitors are well supplied with aperitif from the many bars that surround the square.

In Italy, you eat well almost everywhere. In some gourmet temples you can marvel at the preparation and taste the local dishes and delicacies. Of course, a prosecco and wine from the best growing regions of Bel Paese should not be missing. Whether rustic or classy, you can trust our selection of the restaurant when you book a program with us.

In Milan, there is the Chinatown around Via Paolo Sarpi, located between the Sempione park and the Porta Nuova district. We like to go to China Town, if we have missed the time again, for a lunch after the city stroll. After all, there is something else going on in Chinatown. Handmade noodles, stuffed dumplings, hot pot, spicy stuff too.

With Expo 2015, the third wave with modern architecture came to Milan. This blends perfectly into the cityscape and offers surprising contrasts. You will find the excavations from the Roman period integrated into new residential districts, the typical buildings of Milan Art Nouveau next to the post-war architecture and working-class districts adjacent to the modern skyscrapers of the world’s best architects.

Of course, Milan fashion weeks Milano Moda Donna and Milano Moda Uomo are known, as well as the world’s largest furniture fair, the Salone del Mobile in April. Those who come to Milan at this time can look forward to a turbulent nightlife. It will then be quite difficult with the hotels, which like to more than double the price and are fully booked.

Football fans will get their money’s worth with the two world-renowned clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan sharing the San Siro stadium. The local plays is always fully sold out like most other games. There are only named tickets you can buy from us beforehand as a football package. Stadium and Football Museum can be visited outside the Games. Groups need to be signed up and get a guide in their language.

Travel Tips for First-Time Milan Visitors

Milan has 3 airports, 6 stations and a well-developed metro system. If you still have to come by car, you will only find parking spaces and underground car parks in the city centre for payment. In addition to motorway tolls, a city toll in Milan is payable, called Area C. In addition, the driving bans of diesel vehicles must be observed.

Milan ist one of the best places to visit in Italy. Milan definitely worths a visit if you like shopping. But don’t forget to visit the many works of art and of course the nightlife in the Naviglio district.

We have put together tours for your trip to Milan that you can easily do alone and on foot or that you can join a guided group.

From Milan, there are daily trips to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. For groups, we organize these day tours. In addition, trips to the neighboring towns of Monza, Bergamo or the monastery of Pavia are worthwhile.

For private travelers or foreign visitors to business customers, we can also offer these excursions exclusively with a chauffeur and licensed tourist guide in your language. Group size 1 to 7 people.

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