The first city on our intra-rail through Italy was Milan. We spent just one quick (and very hot) day covering the main attractions of the Italian capital of fashion and we were absolutely enchanted by the history, culture and art in its streets.
Even at almost 40ºC (that’s around 105ºF!) that we felt during our day in Milan, the kindness (and style!) of the Milanese didn’t let up which made our visit even more special. Milan is truly a surprising city that perfectly combines its historical buildings with a modern and innovative context, without ever losing its beauty and elegance. To make your visit even more special, here are the main attractions you can’t miss in Milan:
The Duomo of Milan is one of the biggest gothic cathedrals in the world and undoubtedly one of the most elegant and impressive we have visited to date. It began its construction in 1387 and was only completed 600 years later! Don’t miss the chance to climb up to the top and admire the city around you – on days with good visibility, you can see all the way to the Alps!
SAN SIRO STADIUM
For anyone who loves European football, visiting San Siro is a symbolic moment. And André, being the biggest football fan I know, couldn’t miss this chance! Despite being a little sick, we walked through the hot streets of Milan to visit the home of Inter Milan and AC Milan.
GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II
Being in the capital of fashion, it would be a waste to not do a little shopping! We were carrying our backpacks ourselves so we limited ourselves to some window shopping here. But we were still able to appreciate the exceptional architecture in metal and glass in these galleries and the sophisticated atmosphere around us.
SANTA MARIA DELLA GRAZIE CHURCH
We’ve all heard of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper at least once. And it’s inside the Santa Maria delle Grazie church that you’ll find on display the scene where Jesus is telling his disciples that one of them will betray him. Visits here are very popular so make sure to book your tickets in advance!
TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Even those who don’t care much for opera will be able to appreciate the elegant architecture of this grand theater that was originally inaugurated in 1778. From its exterior façade to its luxurious auditorium, the Teatro alla Scala is open to visitors who want to discover one of the most prestigious operas of the world.
Another one of Milan’s historic buildings, the Castello Sforzesco was built in the 15th century on top of some ruins from the previous century. Throughout the years, it suffered some modifications and renovations and today it houses the Musei del Castello. You can visit it and appreciate an interesting collection of antiques, paintings and furniture.
On a hot day like the one we had in Milan, nothing felt better than to relax by the shade in one of the city’s most popular green parks, Semporio. This is also the perfect place for a picnic or to admire the Arco della Pace, an arch built during Napoleon’s time to celebrate his conquer of the city.