Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Milan's most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, is hidden away on a wall of the refectory adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. Depicting Christ and his disciples at the dramatic...

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Duomo

Duomo

A vision in pink Candoglia marble, Milan's extravagant Gothic cathedral, 600 years in the making, aptly reflects the city's creativity and ambition. Its pearly white facade, adorned with 135 spires and 3400...

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Cimitero Monumentale

Cimitero Monumentale

Behind striking Renaissance-revival black-and-white walls, Milan’s wealthy have kept their dynastic ambitions alive long after death with grand sculptural gestures since 1866. Nineteenth-century...

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Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera

Located upstairs from one of Italy’s most prestigious art schools, this gallery houses Milan’s collection of Old Masters, much of it ‘lifted’ from Venice by Napoleon. Rubens, Goya and Van Dyck all have a place,...

Top ChoiceArea in Quadrilatero d'Oro & Porta Venezia

Quadrilatero d'Oro

Quadrilatero d'Oro

A stroll around the Quadrilatero d'Oro, the world's most famous shopping district, is a must even for those not sartorially inclined. The quaintly cobbled quadrangle of streets – loosely bound by Via Monte...

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Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco

Originally a Visconti fortress, this iconic red-brick castle was later home to the mighty Sforza dynasty, who ruled Renaissance Milan. The castle's defences were designed by the multitalented da Vinci; Napoleon...

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Museo del Novecento

Museo del Novecento

Overlooking Piazza del Duomo, with fabulous views of the cathedral, is Mussolini's Arengario, from where he would harangue huge crowds in his heyday. Now it houses Milan's museum of 20th-century art. Built around...

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Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

Conceived by designer Miuccia Prada and architect Rem Koolhaas, this museum is as innovative and creative as the minds that gave it shape. Seven renovated buildings and three new structures have transformed a...

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Villa Necchi Campiglio

Villa Necchi Campiglio

Designed by homegrown talent Piero Portaluppi, this exquisitely restored 1930s villa was commissioned by Pavian heiresses Nedda and Gigina Necchi (of the Necchi sewing-machine empire), and Gigina's husband Angelo...

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Piazza Gae Aulenti

Join locals sightseeing at this landmark square named after Italy's most famous female architect. The linchpin of Milan’s Porta Nuova regeneration project, the piazza curves around a huge reflecting pool and is...

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Casa Museo Boschi-di Stefano

Casa Museo Boschi-di Stefano

Milan’s most eccentric museum of 20th-century Italian painting is crowded in a 1930s apartment that still has the appearance of the haute-bourgeois home it once was. It’s a heady art hit, with Boccioni’s dynamic...

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Bosco Verticale

Bosco Verticale

Stefano Boeri’s ‘Vertical Forest’ consists of two high-rise apartment blocks whose many reinforced balconies overflow with around 700 trees and 20,000 shrubs and plants. The award-winning, sustainable design not...

Museum in Duomo & San Babila

Gallerie d'Italia

Gallerie d'Italia

This fabulously decorated palazzo (mansion) is home to part of the enormous collection of Fondazione Cariplo and Intesa Sanpaolo bank, which pays homage to 18th- and 19th-century Lombard painting. From a...

Park in Brera & Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione

Situated behind Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione was once the preserve of hunting Sforza dukes. Then Napoleon came to town and set about landscaping. First the French carved out orchards; next they mooted the...

Architecture in Porta Garibaldi & Isola

Fondazione Feltrinelli

Fondazione Feltrinelli

Herzog & de Meuron’s first public buildings in Italy, these two elongated, slanted structures look reminiscent of greenhouses. The Feltrinelli Foundation, which occupies one of the buildings, is home to one...

Church in Porta Romana & Porta Vittoria

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli e San Celso

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli e San Celso

This church’s Renaissance facade festooned with statues seems distinctly un-Milanese with its gleaming Carrara marble and mannerist extravagance, but after the Duomo and Sant’Ambrogio it holds a special place in...

Basilica in Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

St Ambrose, Milan’s patron saint and one-time superstar bishop, is buried in the crypt of this red-brick cathedral, which he founded in AD 379. It’s a fitting legacy, built and rebuilt with a purposeful...

Historic Building in Duomo & San Babila

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

So much more than a shopping arcade, the neoclassical Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a soaring structure of iron and glass. Nicknamed 'il salotto di Milano', the city's drawing room, it’s been at the centre of...

Church in Corso Magenta & Sant'Ambrogio

Chiesa di San Maurizio

Chiesa di San Maurizio

This 16th-century royal chapel and one-time Benedictine convent is Milan's hidden crown jewel. Its somewhat sombre facade belies a gorgeous interior, every inch covered in breathtaking frescoes, most of them...