Milan (Milano)

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.

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Milan is the ‘perceived’ capital

The landmark of Milan is the cathedral 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, a visit to the theatre museum is rather simple, but it is interesting. Guided tours behind the scenes are offered to trade visitors.

The covered Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the Salon of Milan and connects the Cathedral Square with Piazza della Scala. You’ll find fine shops, famous restaurants and coffee bars here and Europe’s first and only 7 star hotel (if you don’t know where it is, don’t see it). 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. Born in Tuscany, he was drawn to the Milan court, where he painted the Last Supper in 4 years of work, as well as the Duke’s bedroom and the lady with Hermelin, a mistress of Duke Ludovico il Moro. The Last Supper painting by Leonardo da Vinci is in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. It is the most famous and copied image in the world. Today, the rush is so great that tickets are often booked out weeks in advance. The best way to combine the visit with a city tour. Then we take care of the tickets.

The Castello Sforzesco was the castle of the ruler and houses, among other things, the last work of Michelangelo, the Pietà Rondanini. Behind the castle there is a beautiful, large garden where you can spread a blanket in the summer and meet for a picnic. At the other end of the park, which is 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 in Monastero Maggiore was painted by Leonardo’s students and is also known as the “Sistine Chapel of Milan.” For guided smaller 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 very close to Isola Bella, a modern district around Porta Garibaldi station.

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 Three Kings, the others were abducted from Barbarossa to Cologne, Germany.

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 small destination within the city for an aperitif. On just under 500m to the right and left you will find many bars and restaurants. At the head end, the port of 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 castel park and Porta Nuova, very close to Isola Bella, the newest district with modern buildings. 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 still full.

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.

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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. In addition, the driving bans in winter are already to be observed for Euro 4 and Diesel.

Area C is the city centre that is actually only for residents to drive, unless you come with an electric car or a very clean new car. In the meantime, the exclusion zone has been extended and applies from Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm for anything that is not Euro 6. Registration is also required online.

  • Airports Milan and Airport Shuttle
  • Getting there by train
  • Metro system

For your trip to Milan, we offer exclusive hotels on favourable terms. This is not always easy, but we are usually able to do so.

  • Bulgari Hotel (5 stars)
  • Armani Hotel (5 stars)
  • Hotel TownHouse Galleria (4 stars)
  • Hotel Galleria Vik Milano
  • Hotel Taut (4 stars)
  • Hotel Spadari (4 stars)
  • Starhotels: Rosa Grand (4 stars)

Please include your desired hotel at the time of the enquiry, if this is important to you. Otherwise, the desired hotel category is enough for us.

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

  • Milan for first-timers
  • Fashion district of Milan
  • Discover Leonardo da Vinci
  • Ancient Milan
  • Church tours
  • Naviglio and Porta Ticinese
  • Entertainment district
  • Milan for gourmets

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