Located in the north of Italy, Milan is the financial and business hub of the country. But beyond that, it is a characteristic city with history, rich culture, incredible roots in fashion, and beauty. With its three airports, it is a city that many fly in and out of for the travels to Italy, but it is well worth taking the time to explore Milan while you are here. It’s not a huge city, but there is a lot to see and do in this charming city, and these are the Top Activities and Hot Spots in Milan!
Here are 5 of the top activities and hot spots in Milan:
There are a few hot spots in Milan that are absolute must-sees. To name a few: Il Duomo (Milan Cathedral) is beautiful and incredibly striking, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II has great shops and cafes but its architecture alone is worth seeing, and take a stroll along the water at Naviglio for views along the water. Luckily, you can see many spots around Milan by foot but there is also great public transport via the metro around the city.
Admire art at the Brera galleries
The Pinacoteca di Brera is a must for art lovers, and those wanting to explore the artsy side of Milan. It is one of the most incredible galleries in the world, with the most famous piece here being Raphael’s Marriage of the Virgin (Lo Spaslizio). You’ll also find other incredible works here by Braque, Modigliani, Picasso and more.
High-end, luxury fashion is very prevalent in Milan, but you’ll also find boutique and specialty shops here. Shopping is easily one of the most popular activities to do in Milan, with one of the best places being Quadrilatero d’Oro. You’ll find clothes, accessories, delicatessen, home decor, and so much more. Instead, if you are in the market for a luxury watch, Pisa Orologeria is the place to go, it’s one of the best places to buy watches in Milan and in Italy.
Like everywhere else in Italy, the food in Milan is incredible. Due to the foggy climate, many dishes center around warming ingredients, including rice, cheese, butter, and meats. Some typical dishes to try are risotto alla Milanese, Cotoletta alla Milanese, polenta, and ossobuco. While not particularly centered around food, an aperitivo is another quintessential Milanese activity. So before your dinner out here, stop off for a drink and small bite at an aperitivo.
Enjoy the nightlife at Naviglio
Naviglio is a neighborhood along the canal that is bustling with nightlife and music clubs. It hosts concerts, markets and more during the day but at night it transforms into a place with music and drinks. With its charming setting along the river, it makes for an incredible setting to sit back and enjoy some drinks and the energy of Milan.
While there is a lot to see and do in Milan, there are many places a day’s trip away from the city that are worth seeing. For example, you can catch a train to visit Lake Como or make your way to the romantic city of Verona.