Getting to know Milan
What you can do for free in Milan
- Visit Basilicia Di S. Ambrogio
Constructed and reconstructed over time, this building is a fascinating piece of architecture and a fantastic spot to visit to enjoy the art contained in its passageways, altar, and domes.
- Visit Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco was the residence of the Milan dukes in the 15th century. It is one of the biggest fortresses in Europe and the home of several museums and art collections.
- Plan a relaxing day in Parco Sempione
This very large city park occupies 38,6 hectares in the historical centre of Milan. It was established in 1888 and it is, to this day, one of the best spots to visit in the Italian city.
Top spots to visit
- Il Duomo (Milan Cathedral)
There’s no trip to Milan without a visit to the famous Dome on the to-do list. The spot is also free to visit; this fact, combined with its popularity, also make it one of the more crowded places in the city, so keep that in mind.
- Teatro alla Scala
La Scala is considered the most prestigious opera house in the world. Museo Teatrale alla Scala is also in the same building; here you’ll find a collection of costumes from landmark performances and other related objects.
- Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery)
This palace was Napoleon’s residence when he occupied Milan and it is now the home of one of the most fascinating art galleries in Milan. The emphasis here is on Italian art, starting with the 19th century, but it is not limited to that.
Hidden spots to visit
- Leonardo’s Vineyard (Vigna di Leonardo)
Take a quick trip to the grounds of Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard and taste an aperitivo served there. There is an entry fee for visitors, but this unique, less popular experience is worth it.
- Brera Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico di Brera)
Part of a large complex situated around the Brera palace, the botanical gardens are open from Monday to Saturday. This is wonderful spot to include in your vacation itinerary if you want to escape the crowds in the city for a while.
- Explore the Navigli
The Navigli (canals) of Milan criss-cross the city. They were once navigable, but that is not the case anymore. You can walk along the waterways freely, or you can also opt for a walking tour.
Italian cuisine and pizza is what you should be looking for in Milan. Although restaurants here are very diverse, if you really want to take in the vibe of the city, you should choose the great traditional foods served here. Try the Tamo Mozzarella Bar, Crudite Milano, Osteria Conchetta, Pizzium – Via Vigevano or look for the best rated restaurants in the are you find yourself in when you’re hungry, there are plenty of options.
Recommended time for visiting
The spring and fall months are great for planning your trip to Milan if you are looking to enjoy some of the wonderful festivals that take place in the city. The summer months are the most crowded in Milan, therefore the most expensive for flights and hotels. September to November and May are less crowded, the weather is generally pleasant, it is a good period for visiting, but you should bring an umbrella, as there is more rainfall during this time, compared to the summer.
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