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Milan City Breaks

A powerhouse of finance, fashion and history, Milan has long been one of Italy’s most important and most captivating cities.

Get your cultural fix at Milan’s iconic La Scala opera house, marvel at the magnificence of the Duomo and shop, or simply people watch, in the city’s ultra-stylish shopping district.

From the best things to do to the best areas to stay in, let our expert guide to Milan city breaks help you plan your perfect trip.

Best Places to Stay

Long established as Milan’s artistic, bohemian quarter, Brera has served as home to countless creatives, and its pedestrianised streets make it easy to get around. Conveniently centrally located, the area has plenty of appealing attractions like Parco Sempione and Castello Sforzesco and cultural highlights include the Brera Art Gallery, Brera Academy of Fine Arts and Pinacoteca di Brera.
Centro Storico
Centro Storico

If you’re looking to base yourself right in the middle of the action, then Milan’s Centro Storico is the place to be. The name refers to the area that surrounds Piazza del Duomo, home to Milan’s fabulously gothic cathedral.

It includes many of the city’s most iconic landmarks, from the Scala opera house to Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and modern art museum Museo Novecento.

The advantages of staying here are that you’ll be just moments away from the majority of sights, which is perfect if you’re on a short city break.

Isola / Porto Nuova
Isola / Porto Nuova

Once a working-class area that was cut off from the rest of Milan, Isola has become the city’s foremost gourmet destination.

For food lovers in Milan there is no better location, with gastronomic highlights including La Briciola, renowned for its meat, Eataly, a three-floor celebration of the finest local Italian produce and cooking, and Italy’s very first micro-distillery, The Botanical Club.

Visitors staying here will also be able to admire the neighbourhood’s variety of award-winning, pioneering design projects like Bosco Verticale, contemporary residential towers which are covered in over 900 trees and plants.

Porta Venezia and San Babila
Porta Venezia and San Babila

A well kept local secret, this affluent, green neighbourhood is within easy walking distance of the Duomo and city centre. Mostly untouched by tourists, this is an excellent area for visitors who still want to stay somewhere central but less busy than Centro Storico. Likewise, the nearby Porta Venezia is a smart choice for a Milan city break hotel.

Home to two acclaimed galleries, Giò Marconi gallery and Spazzio Maiocchi, Porta Venezia is also blessed with the incredibly picturesque Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli which is located next to the excellent contemporary art venue, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea.

Things to do


A Gothic masterpiece, the building of Milan’s spectacular cathedral began at the end of the 14th century and finished in the 1960s. Carved out of Candoglia marble, the cathedral’s design has been tweaked as the centuries past but its magnificence remains.

If you can, get a ticket that includes access to the rooftop, which has beautiful city views, and see if you can spot the Madonnina statue that sits on the top of the building and is said to protect the city of Milan.



Located in the same square as the famed La Scala opera house, the renowned Gallerie d’Italia showcases works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The gallery is housed in an impressive palazzo which was formerly owned by Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni. The focus here is on artists from Lombardy, like Antonio Canova, and Milan’s contribution to art over the centuries.

Don’t miss the delightful courtyard garden, which includes sculptures by Joan Miró.

Gallerie d' Italia


Milan’s museum of 20th-century art, this fantastic space makes use of the Arengario, used by Mussolini as a platform from which he would address the crowds gathered below.

Today the cleverly designed museum draws crowds thanks to its seriously impressive array of works by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Marinetti and Campigli.

The in house restaurant on the third floor is also excellent, and diners can soak up the views of the cathedral as they eat.

Museo Del Novecento


Arguably Milan’s most famous artwork, Leonardo Da Vinci’s last supper hangs in the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, tucked away in the church’s refectory.

It’s advisable to book well in advance for your 15-minute slot in front of this iconic masterpiece, which depicts Christ and his disciples at their last meal.

Da Vinci's Supper


Made up of Milan’s four most prestigious shopping streets - Via Sant’Andrea, Via Montenapoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni and Via Della Spiga - Milan’s Golden Quarter is the epicentre of Italian luxury fashion.

Even if you’re just window shopping, it’s worth taking a stroll around the area to learn more about Milan’s longstanding history as a fashion capital.

Quadrilatero D'Oro


A neighbourhood built around the two canals that were used to transport materials needed to build Milan’s cathedral, Navigli is now one of Milan’s most lively areas and has a great variety of bars and restaurants positioned along its waterways.

Get to know the area on a sunset stroll along Naviglio Grande, and it’s smaller counterpart, Naviglio Pavese, making sure to stop off at one of the many wine bars for an aperitivo en route.

Navigli Canals

Best Ways to Get Around


As with most major cities in Europe, having a car in Milan is not necessary. The majority of sights are located within the city centre, which is just about small enough to get around on foot.

If you do want to use public transport to get around, you’ll be delighted to learn that all of the city’s buses, trams and Metro use the same ticket system.

Run by ATM, tickets for public transport are readily available at each station or can be bought at kiosks and newsstands.

A single tram and bus ticket costs around €1.50 and it’s worth looking out for tram routes 1,2 and 3 which snake around many of the historic centre’s landmarks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Positioned a few hours from the Alps and relatively close to the Swiss border, Milan is well placed for a decent variety of day trips.

    Take the unbelievably scenic train to Lake Garda, which takes under an hour or opt for a visit to Lake Como, also an hour away by train.

    Verona is under an hour and 30 minutes from Milan, as are Bologna, Turin and Piacenza.

  • The Milan Pass is a 48-hour pass which includes entry to ten of the city’s key landmarks including the Duomo and La Scala. On top of this, the pass allows visitors to join free tours which cover a range of topics, from shopping to wine tasting, and it also includes transport on either Milan’s public transport system or the city’s Milan Hop-on Hop-off bus.

    Convenient and good value, the pass is certainly worth looking into for visitors who have limited time in Milan and are looking to see as much as possible during their stay.