Milan, located in the north of the peninsula, near the Alps, is the second largest city of Italia and considered as the economic heart of the country. Dynamic, cosmopolitan and open to the world, Milan is constantly evolving; and that’s what makes it so attractive to everyone! What about spending a weekend in Milan?
Milan, offering an important cultural heritage, is definitely a popular tourist destination. Starting with the Duomo, the third largest church is the world, impressive, singular and splendid. You should go there for sunset: the Duomo offers a lovely view over the place of the same name and the rooftops of the city.
Situated in the city centre, the Duomo is also the ideal starting point to explore the Italian city: discover its beautiful squares and magnificent palaces, the famous Opera and different museums.
Cultural itinerary of a weekend in Milan
- The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping mall in the world. Having a walk there, you can admire the huge glass dome located in the central intersection as well as beautiful arcades. The gallery houses many shops, luxury boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
- The Scala, an Italian opera house internationally renowned.
- The Pinacoteca di Brera, located in the district of the same name, is an ancient and modern art museum, exhibiting a collection of paintings, more prestigious the ones than the others. The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the second largest art gallery of the city, will complement the first visit.
- The Castello Sforzesco and the Parco Sempione. Situated within the city centre, the castle was built during the 14th century by the Visconti family. All the outside parts of the castle are open to the public and guided tours are organised during the day to discover the castle in the inside.
- The Church and Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie: This is the place where you can admire the famous fresco The Last Supper from Leonardo da Vinci. There is always a lot of people over there: remember to book in advance!
Milan is also the Italian capital of fashion and design, vying with Paris and New York. The Montenapoleone district, where many luxury stores are clumped together, is worth a visit! If you want to do shopping without being ruined, have a look to the Rinascente department store, the outlet center on the via Montenapoleone or the small designer’s shops in Corso Como.
Where to go out?
- Navigli, a district, located along the canals, with a lot of restaurants and bars. A good place to spend the evening!
- Brera, a dynamic district where numerous restaurants will be happy to welcome you and make you discover the local gastronomy.
- Corso Como, a district where are located the best clubs of the city. The ideal area to party!
Note that this year, Milan will host the World Expo !