Milan is a story about how a cosmopolitan metropolis huddles among historical monuments. Or how ancient Roman ruins are intertwined with medieval squares, modern buildings, and authentic districts of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is easy to get lost here and it is difficult to find the very atmosphere of the city, there is so much here. Keep my guide so you don’t get lost!
How to get to Milan city center from Milan Malpensa Airport?
Train: Malpensa Express connects Milan Malpensa with Milano Centrale, train runs twice an hour. One-way trip takes around 50 minutes. And costs 13 euro. Train station has both in T1 and T2.
Bus: Buses leave from both terminals (follow the bus signs) and take you to Milano Centrale. One way ticket costs 10 euros, for children – 5 euros. You can buy a ticket directly from the driver. The journey takes 50 minutes. The bus has wifi.
How to get to Milan from Bergamo airport?
If you have a layover in Bergamo I highly recommend to visit Bergamo. The city is very beautiful
The most convenient way to get to the center of Milan (Milano Centrale train station) from Bergamo airport is by bus. There are many companies providing transportation. Bus stops are situated right outside the airport. The ticket cost is 6-10 euros. A one-way trip takes around 1 hour.
Best places to visit in Milan
1.Duomo Di Milano
Milan Cathedral is a luxurious Gothic building and the most popular tourist attraction in the city. The square near the cathedral is always crowded. You should definitely get inside the cathedral and on the roof. It’s both marvellous.
Follow the link to buy the tickets online.
By the way, I have a separate article with a list of cool cafes and restaurants to eat cheap and tasty. Some of them have a great view over Duomo. See the article here: 14 restaurants in Milan city center to eat cheap, tasty and with a view
2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
A luxurious covered gallery with showcases of luxury shops and Restaurants stretches from the Duomo to the Teatro alla Scala.
3. The Museo del Novecento
One of the first contemporary art museums in the world. The museum is located inside Palazzo Arengario and is connected by a suspension bridge to Palazzo Reale. In addition to art exhibits, the museum attracts with a panoramic view of the Duomo.
Tickets cost 10 euro. Follow the link to buy tickets online and to check the schedule.
4. Santa maria delle grazie
The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie itself is a magnificent architectural monument, but the most important exhibit is, of course, the famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci – “L’Ultima Cena”.
Follow the link to check the timetable and buy entrance ticket online.
5. Pinacoteca di Brera
The Pinacoteca Brera is the largest and most famous art gallery in Milan, founded by order of the Empress Maria Teresa in 1776. Initially, the Pinakoteka was created for the paintings left after the abolition of the monasteries. They were intended for the teaching of Academy students. The collection was subsequently expanded. Today it houses the Bridense National Library, the Observatory and Botanical Garden, the Institute of Sciences and Literature, and the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts.
Follow the link to visit the museum website.
The Brera district is the most bohemian part of Milan. There are street fairs, many shops of various trinkets, and in the morning you can feel the aroma of coffee and crunch of croissants from the terraces of cozy restaurants.
6. Castello Sforzesco
The most famous castle in Italy. Its history begins in the 14th century. The castle was the seat of the Visconti dukes of Milan and is closely linked to the history of the city. Today, the castle houses several museums and collections of paintings and art objects.
Follow the link to visit the museum website.
7. Colonne di San Lorenzo
The colonnade of ancient Roman columns was built in the 4th century AD. and is located in front of the building of the Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore.
8. Mercanti Square
This is a kind of medieval corner in Milan. Around the square there are palaces created in different ages: the Palace of Justice (1233), the Loggia of Hosea (1316), the building of the Palatine School (17th century), the Podestà Palace, the Palace of the Legal Advisers (1561) and the House of Panigarola (15th century). Until the 18th century, the square was the center of the political and everyday life of the townspeople.
9. Qc Termemilano
Historical spa in the center of Milan. In ancient Rome it was a kind of ritual and even lifestyle to spend a full day relaxing in Terms, swimming, playing games, socializing and eating.
QC Termemilano is just about it. There are several dozen saunas and inside and outside pools, various relaxation rooms, water mattresses, mud massages, scrubs, good shampoos, body and face lotions. At 19:00 they start to serve food. For 18 euros you can eat various delicacies and drink champagne.
Location: Piazzale Medaglie D’Oro, 2
Follow the link to visit the official website.
10. La vigna di Leonardo
Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard is located near the church of Santa Maria delle Grazia. Leonardo da Vinci received the plot as a gift from Ludovic Sforzo after completing work on L’Ultima Cena. The vineyard remained untouched until the bombing of the Second World War. After that it was completely restored to the smallest detail by Italian experts.
Location: Corso Magenta, 65
Working hours: Tuesdya – Sunday 9:00-18:00.
Follow the link to visit official website. Ticket price is 10 euros.
11. Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese
In the Middle Ages, Milan was riddled with canals, today hidden in drainpipes. Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese were also some of these channels. The canals cross the old districts of the city. It is very atmospheric here: open-air cafes and restaurants, nightclubs, shops and bookstores. Especially it’s crowded in the evenings.
One of the best one-day escape directions from Milan is Lago di Como. Read more about this attraction in the next article: 5 best places to visit around Lago di Como in 1 day.